What is Brilinta?
Brilinta, and similar drugs, is a prescription medicine that is used to decrease the risk of having a heart attack in certain people. It is also prescribed to reduce the chances of death following a heart attack or stroke. It is known by its generic name ticagrelor. A generic version may or may not be commercially available. Brand-name Brilinta is available as a 60 mg and 90 mg oral tablet.
For those with acute coronary syndrome or a history of a heart attack, treatment with Brilinta is usually started with an initial loading dose of 180 mg. Then, for the first year, it is taken as a 90 mg tablet twice daily.
After the first year, it is taken as a 60 mg tablet twice daily. In patients with coronary artery disease and no history of a heart attack or stroke, Brilinta is taken as a 60 mg tablet twice daily.
In those with an acute ischemic stroke, Brilinta is started with an 180 mg loading dose and then continued as a 90 mg tablet twice daily for up to one month. It is typically taken with a daily 75 to 100 mg aspirin dose.
Brilinta works as a blood thinner to prevent the development of blood clots. This action helps the blood flow more freely in order to decrease the chances of a heart attack or stroke.
On a chemical level, it is known as a P2Y12 platelet inhibitor that stops the activation of platelets during the blood clot formation process. This helps stop platelets from joining together to form dangerous blood clots that can block blood vessels and cause heart attacks or strokes.
Brilinta is used to lower the risk of heart attack and stroke in people with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) or a past history of heart attack. It can also reduce the risk of blood clot formation in people who have received a stent.
In people with coronary artery disease who are at a higher risk of experiencing a heart attack or stroke, Brilinta can be an effective medicine to decrease the risk of heart attack or stroke.
It can also be taken in people who are having a mini-stroke or transient ischemic attack in order to decrease the risk of stroke. It is typically taken twice daily although the dosage depends on the condition being treated.
Talk to your doctor Before taking Brilinta if you have had a history of bleeding problems, recent surgery or injury, surgery, stomach ulcers, lung problems, liver problems, or strokes.
You should also tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Some medications, such as antiviral drugs, cholesterol lowering drugs, pain medications, antibiotics, antifungals, and seizure medications, may interact with this medication.
Always read and understand the medication guide provided with the product before you begin taking Eliquis. When you buy Eliquis online from Your Canada Drug Store, we always send the products in the manufacturer’s packaging.
When you start taking Brilinta, it can cause you to bleed or bruise more easily. Seek immediate medical attention if you experience more bleeding than usual, which can manifest as vomiting blood, coughing up blood, during treatment. Serious bleeding such as internal bleeding may require blood transfusions or surgery.
Do not take this if you are allergic to any ingredients in the medication. Stop taking Brilinta and seek medical attention if you experience an allergic reaction with symptoms such as severe rash, shortness of breath, and swelling of the face, mouth, or throat.
Avoid medicines that contain aspirin as this may increase your risk of serious bleeding.
- Bruising or bleeding more than normal
- Shortness of breath
Report side effects to your doctor. If you find them unmanageable, call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. We also have a pharmacist that can provide counselling when you buy Eliquis online.
Brilinta is available in 60mg and 90mg in Canada, manufactures by Astrazeneca. Brilinta cost in Canada starts from $2.09 and $2.26 per tab for 60mg and 90mg respectively.
The generic equivalent of Brilinta in Canada is Ticagrelor and available in 60mg and 90mg. Ticagrelor cost in Canada starts from $1.99 per tab for 60mg and 90mg.
Brand-name Brilinta is manufactured by AstraZeneca. A generic version may be approved but not yet commercially available.
For patients who have trouble swallowing tablets whole, Brilinta may be crushed and mixed with water. The mixture can also be administered through a nasogastric tube. Call your doctor or pharmacist if you are unable to swallow the tablets.
Brilinta does not commonly cause low blood pressure as a side effect. However, low blood pressure is possible during treatment. Signs and symptoms of low blood pressure include dizziness, lightheadedness, and blurry vision.
Brilinta is typically administered for at least 6 to 12 months. However, the duration of treatment will depend on the condition being treated. Some patients may need to use it for longer than a year. The exact duration of treatment will be determined with the help of a healthcare provider.
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