Ticagrelor is used along with low-dose aspirin to help prevent heart attack and stroke in people with heart problems (such as unstable angina, previous heart attack). It may also prevent blood clots after certain heart surgeries (such as stent placement).
Ticagrelor works by blocking platelets from sticking together and prevents them from forming harmful clots. It is an antiplatelet drug. It keeps blood flowing smoothly in your body.
Shortness of breath, headache, dizziness, nausea, and nosebleed may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Although unlikely, serious bleeding may occur. Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: easy bruising/bleeding, bleeding that is severe or that you cannot control (such as a severe nosebleed that you cannot stop), bloody/black stools, vomit with blood or that looks like coffee grounds, bloody/red/pink/dark urine.
Get medical help right away if you have any very serious side effects, including: fast/slow/irregular heartbeat, fainting, confusion, slurred speech, vision changes, signs of a blood clotting problem (such as red/purple pinpoint-sized spots on the skin, fever).
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
Before taking ticagrelor, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: bleeding problems (such as bleeding in the brain, hemophilia, ulcers, frequent nosebleeds), gout, liver disease, recent surgery, serious injury/trauma, fast/slow/irregular heartbeat.
This drug may make you dizzy. Alcohol or marijuana (cannabis) can make you more dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs alertness until you can do it safely. Limit alcoholic beverages. Talk to your doctor if you are using marijuana (cannabis). This medicine can cause stomach bleeding. Daily use of alcohol while using this medicine may increase your risk for stomach bleeding.
To lower the chance of getting cut, bruised, or injured, use caution with sharp objects like razors and nail cutters, and avoid activities such as contact sports.
Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products). Your doctor or dentist may tell you to temporarily stop ticagrelor at least 5 days before surgery or a dental procedure. Carefully follow your doctors or dentists specific directions for when to stop or restart this medication.
During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.