Brilinta is an anticoagulant drug manufactured by Astra Zeneca. It contains ticagrelor as its main active ingredient.  It prevents platelets in the blood from clotting, thus preventing unwanted blood clots. By preventing blood clots, it could prevent users from different blood clot related problems such as heart attack, angina or chest pain and certain heart or blood vessel conditions. It decreases risks of strokes and heart problems.

Brilinta must not be taken by patients having a history of bleeding problems, surgery or a medical condition with bleeding, a disease affecting the blood vessels in brain, a history of bleeding in stomach or intestine or 65 or older in age as this medicine makes bleeding easy by preventing clotting of blood. Patients may bleed easily even with a minor injury. In such case immediately seek medical help. Patients with severe liver disease, any active bleeding, stomach ulcer or bleeding, a history of bleeding in the brain, asthma or other breathing problems must consult their doctor for sure before taking this medicine.

Patients should consult their doctor about their allergies, medical history or any medication in use before taking this drug. It should not be taken by patients who are pregnant, planning to be pregnant or breast-feeding as it could harm the unborn or breast-feeding baby. While using this drug, patients should avoid consumption of alcohol, activities which may increase risk of bleeding and aspirin. Patients should consult doctor before taking any medicine for pain, arthritis, fever, or swelling, while they are on Brilinta.

Brilinta could increase risk of bleeding on the inside body, such as in stomach or intestines. It could also cause allergic reactions such as hives, shortness of breath, swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat. Patients may experience light-headedness, short of breath, mild exertion, unstopped bleeding from nose or other body part, bloody or tarry stools, blood in urine, bloody cough or vomit, chest pain or heaviness, pain expanding to the arm or shoulder, nausea, sweating, weakness or headache while using this medicine. It could cause easy bruising, unusual bleeding, purple or red pinpoint spots on skin, pale skin, or jaundice.

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