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Brilinta is an oral tablet made up of ticagrelor (platelet aggregation inhibitors) and is known internationally as Brilique. This medication is available in 60mg and 90mg doses.
Brilinta is a blood thinner used usually with asipirin for the prevention of platelets (cell fragment in the blood) from sticking together. When platelets stick together they create blood clots that could potentially turn fatal if it blocks an artery. Brilinta helps reduce cardiovascular death and heart attack in patients who suffer from ACS (acute coronary syndromes). Brilinta also is used to decrease the chance of stroke, serious heart problems, or death after you've had a heart attack or severe chest pain (angina).
Always follow directions given to you by your doctor. Never take more or less of a dosage than directed and do not stop taking this medication before consulting your doctor.
Taking too much aspirin with Brilinta can cause effectiveness to decrease.
Take this medication around the same time every day to help ensure you do not miss a dose.
You may take this medication with or without food.
You may crush the pill if you cannot swallow it whole. Add the crushed pill into water and drink right away. Once you have finished the glass of water (containing the pill) add more water and repeat once more to ensure you got the entire dose.
Store at room temperature away from heat and moisture.
Tell your doctor about all medications you are currently taking including prescription, over-the-counter, vitamins, and herbal remedies. Also be sure to mention any drug allergies you may have.
Important conditions to mention to your doctor before taking Brilinta:
It is not known whether or not this medication will harm an unborn baby or if it passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor to learn more about the risks of using this medication while breast feeding or pregnant.
Since this medication is a blood thinner, you may bleed more when injured. If you are excessively bleeding, contact your doctor. Since this medication can cause excessive bleeding, do not have surgery while on Brilinta.
Common side effects of Brilinta include:
Contact your doctor immediately if you experience:
What other drugs will affect Brilinta?
Some drugs that will react to Brilinta include:
What if I miss a dose?
Do not take your missed dose and take your next dose as you normally would.
What if I suddenly stop taking this medication?
You could increase the chance of a heart attack or a stroke.
What should I avoid while on Brilinta?
Consuming alcohol (alcohol and aspirin can cause stomach bleeding).
Avoid, if possible, activities that have risk of injury or bleeding.
Avoid other medications similar to aspirin (like ibuprofen) as certain products can cause risk of internal bleeding if too much is taken.
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