What is Brilinta (Ticagrelor) used for?
Brilinta contains the active ingredient Ticagrelor and is prescribed to patients who have had heart attacks or have angina to try to prevent prevent further cardiovascular events such as heart attacks or strokes.
How should I use Brilinta (Ticagrelor)?
Brilinta is packaged in a box of 14 x 90mg tablets.
Your doctor will prescribe you a specific dosage of both Brilinta and Aspirin to take on a regular daily schedule. Brilinta tablets may be swalloed whole, or cruched and mixed with liquid. They can also be taken with or without food.
What are the side effects of Brilinta (Ticagrelor)?
Brilinta can cause serious bleeding that if left untreated can become fatal. While taking Brilinta you will bruise more easily, bleed more easily, may experience more nose bleeds, and may need longer for bleeding to stop.
Signs of internal bleeding may require urgent medical assistance. Notify your doctor if you notice:
Brilinta works by limiting platelets coagulating in the blood. While this is beneficial in prevent atherothrombotic, it can cause complications at times when wound healing is important such as during surgery or dental work or in people with ulcers or other bleeding problems. You should also be aware of this and take special care to avoid any cuts or other injuries while taking Brilinta.
Patients with existing cardiovascular issues, liver problems, lung or respiratory may not by suitable for Brilinta or may need dosage adjustments.
Do not use Brilinta if pregnant or breast-feeding unless advised to do so by your doctor.
Brilinta can interact with some ther medicines and cause unwanted effects. You will need to check with your doctor if you are taking any of the following: