Brilinta also is known as Ticagrelor is used with a low dose of aspirin so that it can help in preventing heart attacks and strokes in people who have heart problems, the heart problems could be such as unstable Angina, or a history of a heart attack. Brilinta is used for preventing blood clots if a person has had heart surgeries. Lets discuss Brilinta side effects, dosage precautions before taking this medicine and other alternatives available in the market.
How do Brilinta works?
Brilinta works by preventing the platelets from sticking together, and then blocks the, from forming clots which are harmful. In other words, Brilinta is an antiplatelet drug that keeps the blood flowing smoothly in your body.
How to consume Brilinta
Always read the medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start taking any medicine, especially Brilinta and keep this in mind each time you have gone to get a refill. And If you have any doubt, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Brilinta is supposed to be taken orally, and you can take this medicine with consuming or without consuming food, this direction depends upon the doctor. And take this medicine twice daily. Along with Brilinta take a dose of aspirin which is low I,e., 75 to 100 milligrams once a day. The direction will be given to you by the doctor. Please follow the directions of your doctor carefully. And don’t forget any step.
If by any chance you are unable to consume the entire table of Brilinta then crush the tablet, mixed this crush tablet with water in a glass or a bowl and consume it. Add more water to the bowl of the glass and then mix it again so that you are able to consume the entire dosage. If you want to get the maximum benefit of this medicine, then please take it regularly. And take medicine twice daily at the same time (this means keeping an exact 12-hour gap).
Don’t take this medicine longer than it has been advised you will not gain any benefit; rather, you will increase the risk of the side effects even after you start feeling don’t stop taking this medicine without consulting your doctor. Because if you do, you will increase the chance of heart attack or a stroke.
The Brilinta tablet comes in two dosages, which is as follows
Brilinta Side Effects
Common Brilinta side effects are Shortness of breath, headache, dizziness, nausea, and nosebleed may occur. If you encounter any of these effects and these effects persist or worsen, then please tell your doctor or pharmacist immediately. Many People also use Essential Oils for Dizziness.
Please remember this; that this medicine has been prescribed by your doctor because they believe that this medicine is going to benefit too and the benefit is greater than the risk and don’t worry a lot of people who use this medicine don’t encounter the side effects.
But if by any chance you start bleeding, then please tell your doctor immediately and if you start having side effects like bruising bleeding, severe bleeding, black and bloody stools, bloody vomit dark urine or red/ pink urine, then please get medical help immediately.
There are chances of very serious side effects too which include irregular heartbeat, which means your heart might beat rapidly at once or it might bleed slowly and irregularly. These effects might also include confusion, fainting, slurred in speech, change in vision, blood clotting issue. Though a serious allergic reaction to this medicine is very rare, but if you encounter something like this, then please contact the doctor and rush to the hospital.
Also get medical help if you come across symptoms like rashes, itching, swelling especially on the face in the tongue in the throat, if you are unable to breathe properly then also contact the doctor.
Please keep this in mind that these symptoms are not only the Brilinta side effects if you come across anything which you feel is abnormal; then contact your doctor or your pharmacist.
Precautions you should take before taking Brillinta
Before taking Brillinta, please inform your doctor if you are allergic to medicine since there are certain inactive ingredients in the medicine which can lead to an allergic reaction. Also please tell your doctor or your pharmacist about your medical history, that is if you have ever encountered bleeding problems, or a haemorrhage, ulcers, nosebleeds, liver disease, gout or if you have has a serious injury, or issues like irregular heartbeat slow/fast heartbeat.
This drug is known for making you dizzy, so please don’t take this drug with alcohol or marijuana for that matter. Do not drive after you have taken this medicine because of the dizziness and stay away from machinery work. If you are taking cannabis, please tell your doctor. Consuming this medicine with alcohol can cause bleeding in your stomach.
Don’t use sharp objects while you are taking this medicine as because of the dizziness you might get cut, bruised, or get injured.
If you are getting surgery, please tell your doctor about the prescribed and non prescribed medicines that you are taking and also mention if you are taking any kind of herbal products.
You will be advised by the doctor to stop consuming Ticagrelor at lease five days before you getting a medical or dental surgery. Please follow the instruction given by the doctor for taking this medicine and follow it carefully.
If you are pregnant, then please take this medicine only if you are advised too and please discuss with the doctor about the risks and the benefits. Though it is unknown that this medicine will pass in the breast milk, but consulting your doctor is a good step for avoiding any kind of future problems in your baby.
The alternatives of Brilinta is Plavix which is known as clopidogrel. Both medicines are blood thinners. It is used to maintain blood flow in the body to help reduce the risk of another cardiovascular attack.
Comparison of Brilinta (ticagrelor) and Plavix (clopidogrel bisulfate).
Both of the medicines are used for patients who have a history of acute coronary syndromes (ACS), peripheral vascular disease, and ischemic strokes.
Brilinta (ticagrelor) and Plavix (clopidogrel bisulfate), both of these medicines, are blood thinners, and they are used for reducing Cardiovascular death and heart attack in the patients. Both of these medicines work by blocking the formation of new blood clots. So it means that they maintain the blood flow in the body, which further helps in reducing the risk of any kind of cardiovascular mishappening.