Understanding Ticagrelor's Effects and Pediatric/Off-Label Uses

How Does This Medication 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.

Ticagrelor Uses in Children

Ticagrelor has not been approved for use in individuals under the age of 18, as it has not been adequately studied in this age group.

Off-Label Uses

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend this drug for something other than the conditions discussed in this article (this would be known as an "off-label" use). At this time, using ticagrelor after strokes or to treat peripheral artery disease (PAD) would be considered off-label uses.
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Ticagrelor Drug Information

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