Clinical Effects of Ticagrelor and What to Discuss With Your Doctor

Important Information for Your Healthcare Provider

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking this medication if you have:
  • A bleeding disorder
  • Intestinal or stomach ulcers or bleeding
  • Bleeding in the brain
  • An aneurysm
  • Liver disease, such as liver failure or cirrhosis
  • Any allergies, including to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you:
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Ticagrelor Warnings and Precautions to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)

How Does Ticagrelor Work?

This medication is an antiplatelet drug. It helps to prevent blood platelets from sticking together (an important step in clot formation). Ticagrelor is similar to an older antiplatelet medication known as Plavix® (clopidogrel).
Ticagrelor is intended to be taken with aspirin, which works with ticagrelor to prevent platelets from sticking together. This medication and aspirin are similar but work on different types of receptors on the platelets.

Clinical Effects

Clinical studies have shown ticagrelor to be more effective than Plavix (clopidogrel) for preventing heart-related deaths, as well as heart attacks. There was little or no difference between the two medications for preventing strokes.
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Ticagrelor Drug Information

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