Brilinta 90 mg (Ticagrelor)
Brilinta Ticagrelor 90 mg
Brilinta 90mg has been clinically tested and approved for use in adults to reduce the risk of heart attack, and cardiovascular death in patients with acute coronary syndrome or ACS. It works for patients who have had a heart attack at least a year ago and who are at high risk of getting another heart attack or stroke. The active ingredient of the medicine is Ticagrelor, a blood thinner drug works by preventing the formation of new blood clots, thus maintaining the blood supply in the body. This is extremely helpful in reducing the risk of another cardiovascular event.
Uses of Brilinta 90 mg
Brilinta 90 mg is a new oral antiplatelet medicine specially formulated to reduce the rate of cardiovascular events in patients with ACS. It has appeared to reduce the rate of cardiovascular death, heart attack or stroke compared to clopidogrel (another medicine). It is helpful in the prevention of blood clots and decreases the chance of having another heart attack or stroke.
In the management of ACS, start Brilinta treatment with a 90 mg dose, take it two times a day during the first year after an ACS event. After one year, your physician may reduce your dose, depending on your health condition. Then it can be used as a part of maintenance treatment as well. For an appropriate dose, consult a physician. Be regular when it comes to appointments with your doctor. This is important to check on your progress.
Possible Side Effects
The commonly reported side effects of Brilinta include:
- A headache
- A cough
- Low blood pressure
- Back pain
- High blood pressure
- Chest pain
- Irregular heartbeat
Inform your physician if you experience severe side effects of this antiplatelet medication, including severe bleeding, shortness of breath, red or black stools, vomit that looks like coffee grounds and red colored urine.
This is obviously not the complete list of side effects, you may experience others as well. Talk to your physician for medical advice.
- Avoid taking brilinta tablet with opioid agonists as these may delay and reduce the absorption of Ticagrelor.
- Be careful if you are receiving 40 mg of Simvastatin or lovastatin per day. Patients taking statin are at high risk of having statin-related side effects.
- Use of Digoxin may affect your Brilinta therapy.
- Inform your physician about all the medicines that you use, including prescription and herbal supplements before initiating Ticagrelor treatment.