Table of Contents
- What is Brilinta?
- How does Brilinta work?
- How to Take Brilinta?
- Common Dosage for Brilinta?
- When to Avoid Brilinta?
- Side-effects of Brilinta?
- Effects on organs?
- Reported Allergic Reactions?
- Effect on menstrual cycle?
- Drug Interactions To Be Careful About
- Food interactions (if any)
- Interactions with laboratory procedures
- Shows Effects / Results In and how long does the effect stay:
- Is Brilinta Addictive?
- Can I have Brilinta with alcohol?
- Can I have Brilinta When Pregnant?
- Can I have Brilinta when feeding a baby?
- Can I drive after taking Brilinta?
- Effect of overdose of Brilinta?
- Effect of using expired Brilinta?
- Effect of missing a dose of Brilinta?
- Storage requirements
- Substitutes for Brilinta
- Expert comments
What is (Ticagrelor) Brilinta?
Brilinta is an antiplatelet drug that is used to prevent harmful blood clots formation by blocking platelets from sticking together. It helps to reduce the risk of getting further heart attack or stroke or to prevent blood clots in stents particularly in patients who already have pre-existing heart disease. It can be used individually or in combination with other medications like aspirin.
Risk of heavy bleeding is high while under this medication, hence advised to be careful while doing activities that have the risk of having a cut that might cause bleeding such as shaving, cutting fingernails while using sharp tools, etc. Patients with a history of any active bleeding like bleeding in the brain or bleeding stomach ulcer should refrain from using Brilinta.
Consult your doctor ASAP if any abnormalities such as blood in stools, urine, or vomit are observed.
You may have to stop using Ticagrelor (Brilinta) medication before planning to undergo any surgery or any dental treatment which involves chances of bleeding.
Type of drug
Brilinta belongs to an antiplatelet and anticoagulant group of medication.
Use in brief
Brilinta is prescribed to be used as a blood thinner in heart patients who have already undergone angioplasty to prevent further risks of blood clots.
Brilinta contains Ticagrelor as an active ingredient.
Manufactured by – Brilinta Tablets are manufactured by AstraZeneca Pharma India Ltd.
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Prescribed to prevent the further possibility of stroke and heart attack in patients who have suffered earlier with angina (severe chest pain) or cardiac issues –
- Prevention of stroke and heart attack
- Acute Coronary Syndrome
- Prevention of blood clots formation complications in patients with stents
How does (Ticagrelor)Brilinta work?
Brilinta (Ticagrelor) is an antiplatelet and anticoagulant medication. It helps to prevent the platelets from sticking together, thereby decreasing the formation of harmful blood clots and lowering the chance of heart attack or stroke.
How to Take (Ticagrelor) Brilinta?
Form of medicine – Brilinta medicine is available in the form of tablets.
When and How to use
Follow the instructions as mentioned in the prescription. In general, used with or without food.
Never crush or chew the tablet but swallow the whole medicine along with some water or liquids. Brilinta (Ticagrelor) is advised to use strictly as per the prescription and not advised to stop using it suddenly without consulting the doctor.
Common Dosage for (Ticagrelor) Brilinta
Dosage depends on the severity of the condition and is decided by the doctor. Follow the instruction by your doctor. Never miss a dose or take an excess dose. Consult your doctor immediately if any excess dosage happens by mistake.
When to Avoid (Ticagrelor) Brilinta?
Brilinta is not advised to use in patients suffering from some health conditions such as:
- Atrio-ventricular Heart Block
- Haemorrhage Within The Skull
- Liver related problems and severe liver disease
- If underwent any surgeries recently
Side-effects of Brilinta (Ticagrelor)
Brilinta may possibly show some side effects in some patients. It is advised to consult your doctor immediately if any of such side effects are noticed. Below mentioned are some possible side effects by Brilinta.
- Bruising and Bleeding more easily
- Irregular Heartbeat
- High Blood Pressure
- Back Pain
- Low Blood Pressure
- Chest Pain
Effects on organs
This medicine may possibly show adverse effects on organs like heart, kidney and liver if overdosed. It is advised to use with extreme precautions and medical supervision in case of severe health disorders or impairment related to kidneys or liver or heart conditions. It is advised to consult the doctor and share detailed information about your current health condition so that the doctor can alter the dosage depending on your health condition.
Reported Allergic Reactions?
No major allergic reactions are noticed in case of Brilinta.
Effect on menstrual cycle
Brilinta may result in increased menstrual flow as a side effect. It is advised to consult your gynaecologist if you have to use this medicine in such condition.
Drug Interactions to Be Careful About
Brilinta may possibly show drug interaction with some other medication if they are used together. It is advised to share the medication details that you might be using any with your doctor before he prescribes this medicine to you.
Brilinta has the possibility of showing drug interaction if used along with the below-mentioned list of medicine.
- Theophylline – A medicine used in the treatment of COPD, respiratory diseases
- Other blood thinners
Food interactions (if any)
No major food interactions observed.
Interactions with laboratory procedures
There is no interaction noticed with any diagnostic test while under the medication but it is always good to share details about your current medication before attending any lab tests so that your doctor and lab technician is aware of.
Shows Effects / Results in and how long do the effect stay
The onset of action of this medicine is generally 30 minutes after administration. Consult your doctor if you are concerned about the onset of action and duration of effect.
Is Brilinta Addictive?
No drug addiction is noticed in case of Brilinta.
Can I have Brilinta with alcohol?
Interaction with alcohol is not clinically established. Consult with your doctor if you have a habit of regular intake of alcohol.
Can I have Brilinta When Pregnant?
Not advised to use in general in pregnant women. But with consultation and supervision in case if unavoidable and the intended benefits are more compared to possible side effects.
Can I have Brilinta when feeding a baby?
Not advised to use in general in breastfeeding women. But with consultation and supervision in case if unavoidable and the intended benefits are more compared to possible side effects.
Can I drive after taking Brilinta?
In general, it may not cause dizziness but in very rare cases some patients may notice drowsiness or dizziness. In such conditions, it is not advised to do activities such as driving which require alertness.
Effect of overdose Brilinta
Serious adverse effects may be possible if overdosage happens in large quantities. Consult your doctor immediately if any overdosage happens.
Effect of using expired Brilinta?
It is advised not to use any medicine that is expired to avoid any adverse effects. Consult your doctor immediately if any adverse effects are noticed by taking any expired medicine. It is advised to check the label while purchasing the medicine to verify the expiry date to be safe.
Effect of missing a dose of Brilinta
No major adverse effects are noticed if only one dosage is missed. But if you are missing the dosages regularly, it is advised to keep a reminder so that you don’t miss the regular dosage.
Storage requirements for (Ticagrelor) Brilinta
It is advised to store the medication away from direct sunlight and to keep at room temperature. Keep away from the reach of the children and pets.
Substitutes for Brilinta
Below mentioned brand of medicine is with similar composition and strength, hence your doctor may prescribe this as an alternate option to treat your condition.
- Axcer Tablet – Manufactured by Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd
- Brilinta prevents your blood from coagulating thereby increasing the chance of bleeding even with a minor injury. To prevent excessive bleeding complications, you may need to stop taking Brilinta after consultation with your doctor before undergoing any surgical procedures or dental procedures.
- Brilinta should not be stopped on your own as it may increase the risk of heart attack or stroke. Always consult your doctor before altering or stopping the dose.
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Dr. Srishti Tayal is Chief Radiologist at Radiodent – Dental and Maxillofacial Imaging. She has completed BDS and MDS with Gold Medal from JSS Medical College, Mysore. She is a passionate medical researcher and has published five research papers in various medical journals and received an award for the best scientific paper.
In addition to following her pursuits in dentistry, she is also an avid medical writer who believes in bridging the information gap among the common population with regards to modern medicine.