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What is ticagrelor?

 What is ticagrelor? Ticagrelor brilinta drug class is used along with low-dose aspirin to help prevent heart attack and stroke in people with heart problems (such as unstable angina, previous heart attack). Brilinta medication may also prevent blood clots after certain heart surgeries (such as stent placement).

Ticagrelor works by blocking platelets from sticking together and prevents them from forming harmful clots. Brilinta drug class is an antiplatelet drug. It keeps blood flowing smoothly in your body.

How to use

Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start taking ticagrelor and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

  • Take brilinta medication by mouth with or without food as directed by your doctor, usually twice daily.
  • Take a low-dose aspirin (usually 75-100 milligrams) once a day as directed by your doctor.
  • If you have trouble swallowing ticagrelor, you may crush the tablet.
  • Mix the crushed tablet with water in a glass, then drink the mixture right away.
  • Refill the glass with water, stir, and drink to make sure you take all of your doses.
  • Take brilinta medication regularly to get the most benefit from it.
  • To help you remember, take it at the same times each day.

Do not increase your dose or take brilinta medication more often or for longer than prescribed. Your condition will not improve any faster, and your risk of side effects will increase.

Keep taking brilinta medication even if you feel well. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor. If you stop taking ticagrelor brilinta early, you may have a higher risk of getting a heart attack or stroke.

Side effects

  • Shortness of breath
  • headache
  • dizziness
  • nausea
  • nosebleed

If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed ticagrelor brilinta because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

Although unlikely, serious bleeding may occur. Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects of ticagrelor brilinta, including easy bruising/bleeding, bleeding that is severe or that you cannot control (such as a severe nosebleed that you cannot stop), bloody/black stools, vomit with blood or that looks like coffee grounds, bloody/red/pink/dark urine.

Get medical help right away if you have any very serious side effects, including

  • fast/slow/irregular heartbeat
  • fainting
  • confusion
  • slurred speech
  • vision changes
  • signs of a blood clotting problem

A very serious allergic reaction to ticagrelor brilinta drug class is rare. However, get medical help right away.

Warnings & Precautions

  1. Before taking ticagrelor brilinta, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it.
  2. Before using brilinta drug class, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history.
  3. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs alertness until you can do it safely.
  4. Limit alcoholic beverages.
  5. Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use.

To lower the chance of getting cut, bruised, or injured, use caution with sharp objects like razors and nail cutters, and avoid activities such as contact sports.

During pregnancy, brilinta drug class should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.

It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.


Different brands of this medication have different storage needs. Check the product package for instructions on how to store your brand, or ask your pharmacist. Keep all medications away from children and pets.

Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.

Drug interactions

Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor’s approval.

Some products that may interact with this drug include mifepristone, other drugs that can cause bleeding/bruising (including other antiplatelet drugs such as clopidogrel, NSAIDs such as ibuprofen/naproxen, “blood thinners” such as dabigatran/warfarin).

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