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If you have been hospitalized with chest pain, your healthcare provider may prescribe ticagrelor, a drug used in combination with aspirin to reduce the risk of harmful blood clots. This medication comes in the form of a tablet and is taken twice daily. In studies, this medication was shown to be more effective than Plavix (an older antiplatelet drug) for preventing heart attacks and heart-related deaths.
Ticagrelor (Brilinta™) is a prescription medication approved to prevent harmful blood clots from forming in people who have been hospitalized with chest pain or have had a certain type of heart attack. These conditions are often known as acute coronary syndrome (ACS).
Ticagrelor is also used in combination with aspirin to reduce the risk of future heart attacks, strokes, or blood clots in a stent (a tube placed in an artery of the heart during an angioplasty procedure).
(Click What Is Ticagrelor Used For? for more information on this topic, including possible off-label uses.)
Are There Side Effects?Just like any medicine, ticagrelor can cause side effects. Although some reactions to this medication are merely bothersome, some can be dangerous. Most serious side effects are related to the increased risk of bleeding.
In clinical studies, some of the most common problems reported in people taking this medication (plus aspirin) included but were not limited to:
- Bleeding, including dangerous internal bleeding
- Shortness of breath.
(Click Ticagrelor Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)