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Brilinta Patient Information Including Side Effects
Brand Names: Brilinta
Generic Name: ticagrelor (Pronunciation: tye KA grel or)
- What is ticagrelor (Brilinta)?
- What are the possible side effects of ticagrelor (Brilinta)?
- What is the most important information I should know about ticagrelor (Brilinta)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking ticagrelor (Brilinta)?
- How should I take ticagrelor (Brilinta)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Brilinta)?
- What happens if I overdose (Brilinta)?
- What should I avoid while taking ticagrelor (Brilinta)?
- What other drugs will affect ticagrelor (Brilinta)?
- Where can I get more information?
What is ticagrelor (Brilinta)?
Ticagrelor keeps the platelets in your blood from coagulating (clotting) to prevent unwanted blood clots that can occur with certain heart or blood vessel conditions.
Ticagrelor is used to lower your risk of having a stroke or serious heart problems after you have had a heart attack or severe chest pain (angina).
Ticagrelor may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
What are the possible side effects of ticagrelor (Brilinta)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
- feeling light-headed or short of breath, even with mild exertion or while lying down;
- nosebleed or other bleeding that will not stop;
- bloody or tarry stools, blood in your urine;
- coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds;
- chest pain or heavy feeling, pain spreading to the arm or shoulder, nausea, sweating, general ill feeling;
- sudden numbness or weakness, especially on one side of the body;
- sudden severe headache, confusion, problems with vision, speech, or balance;
- pale skin, weakness, fever, or jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes); or
- easy bruising, unusual bleeding (nose, mouth, vagina, or rectum), purple or red pinpoint spots under your skin.
Less serious side effects may include:
- headache, mild dizziness;
- cough; or
- nausea, diarrhea.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Read the Brilinta (ticagrelor tablets for oral administration) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects
What is the most important information I should know about ticagrelor (Brilinta)?
Ticagrelor keeps your blood from coagulating (clotting) to prevent unwanted blood clots that can occur with certain heart or blood vessel conditions. Because of this drug action, ticagrelor can make it easier for you to bleed, even from a minor injury. Contact your doctor or seek emergency medical attention if you have bleeding that will not stop.
You may also have bleeding on the inside of your body, such as in your stomach or intestines. Call your doctor at once if you have black or bloody stools, or if you cough up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds. These could be signs of bleeding in your digestive tract.
While you are taking ticagrelor, do not take aspirin or other NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) without your doctor's advice. NSAIDs include ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn, Naprelan, Treximet), celecoxib (Celebrex), diclofenac (Cataflam, Voltaren), indomethacin (Indocin), meloxicam (Mobic), and others.
Ticagrelor may cause you to bleed more easily, especially if you have: a history of bleeding problems, surgery or a medical emergency, a disease affecting the blood vessels in your brain, a history of stomach or intestinal bleeding, or if you are 65 or older.
Ask your doctor before taking any medicine for pain, arthritis, fever, or swelling. These medicines may affect blood clotting and may also increase your risk of stomach bleeding.
Any doctor, dentist, surgeon, or other medical care provider who treats you should know that you are taking ticagrelor.
Additional Brilinta Information
- Brilinta Drug Interactions Center: ticagrelor oral
- Brilinta Side Effects Center
- Brilinta FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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