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Ticagrelor User Reviews & Ratings

Brand names: Brilinta

Ticagrelor has an average rating of 3.7 out of 10 from a total of 113 reviews on Drugs.com. 15% of reviewers reported a positive experience, while 59% reported a negative experience.

Reviews for Ticagrelor

  • Surpr...
  • May 12, 2019

Brilinta (ticagrelor) for Acute Coronary Syndrome "I received Brilinta during procedure when I had 1 stent placed during an angiogram. I had acute coronary syndrome. In recovery, I had extreme shortness of breath, chest tightness, breast tissue ache, and extreme upper back pain. I told a nurse. Was this a heart attack? Three cardiologists arrived. They agreed these were known side effects, told me why Brilinta was chosen, but agreed Plavix worked just as well and much better for me. Brilinta was stopped, and my side effect symptoms resolved within hours. I'm lucky I have three responsive doctors. It's a cruel joke when a drug given to treat CV issues has side effects that mirror a CV event. Regardless of how good the drug is, in my opinion this can damage health and mental state of patients taking this drug to avoid CV problems. Shaken confidence can contribute to less optimal recovery. Doctors should pay attention to experiences and discuss side effects if they choose this drug. Then Brilinta can be used with confidence, or replaced quickly for those who have adverse reactions."

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  • Another...
  • Taken for 6 months to 1 year
  • August 12, 2019

Brilinta (ticagrelor) for Heart Attack "I've been on Brilinta for 7 months and am seeing the doctor tomorrow to demand I be taken off of it, after another visit to the ER today. I had a stent put in 7 months ago and have been on 90 mg twice a day. Side effects are atrocious. Swelling in legs and arms, disturbed sleep, fatigued so greatly I have to just...rest... I particularly feel it in my legs and back of thighs. Stiffness when I awake. The fatigue is extreme. What I find disturbing is I report the pain, the swelling and exceptional fatigue and I am told 'your medication wouldn't cause that', yet when one reads the side effects and these reviews there it is. We often hear of side effects and think 'well it happens to a minority of people,' but with Brilinta I'm convinced it is a majority who experience unacceptable side effects. If I can't spend time with family, can't work properly and get poor sleep...those are things that stress you to have another heart attack surely."

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  • Francis
  • November 8, 2020

Brilinta (ticagrelor) for Acute Coronary Syndrome "After a stent started Brilianta 2X90mg and 81mg aspirin. Shortness of breath, fatigue and palpitations was overwhelming, after 6 weeks finally my Dr agree to change to Plavix slowly recovered and feeling much better now."

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  • Gregg
  • Taken for 6 months to 1 year
  • July 12, 2019

Brilinta (ticagrelor) for Acute Coronary Syndrome "On Brilinta 10 months and then switched to Plavix. I was paying $400 per month for Brilinta and my Cardiologist had me in a study as they all make money using us as test rats. Plavix costs $7.50 for a 90 day supply folks so don't be BULLIED into using Brilanta."

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  • Scham...
  • February 4, 2016

Brilinta (ticagrelor) for Acute Coronary Syndrome "My mom was placed on Brilinta on 1/4/16 and was in the hospital. As soon as she was placed on the medication, she complained of a funny feeling in her stomach. She was discharged 4 days later and still had a funny feeling in her stomach, which was blamed on anxiety. She continued to complain to doctors about this funny feeling until taken back to the ER on 1-26-16 for the funny feeling. Ultimately, my mom passed away on 1/27/16 with a GI bleed. I'm very concerned it was caused by this drug!"

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  • Gini
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • November 28, 2019

Brilinta (ticagrelor) for Acute Coronary Syndrome "I started having shakiness and hyperactivity the day after angioplasty. The doctors emphasized Brilinta is key to keeping the stents open. I am very sensitive to pharmaceuticals...I thought it might be one of the drugs but the doctors thought otherwise - attributing it to all the stress of the procedure and one small artery they could not stent. Then angina came back with shortness of breath. Started Imdur to counteract chest pain but shortness of breath (SOB) continued. The chest pain and shortness of breath continued to get worse so went to ER with angina, SOB, racing heart, coughing and impending sense of doom. Ended up staying overnight. Heart checked out ok and doctors finally attributed issues of angina, SOB and GERD to the side effects of Brilinta. Now I am on Plavix and no side effects so far. I was really regretting getting the stents and thought the alternative might have been better. Brilinta might be preferred drug for PCI but the side effects are horrible."

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  • PaulM...
  • February 16, 2018

Brilinta (ticagrelor) for Acute Coronary Syndrome "This medication was worse than the heart attack Long story short I could not breathe. I finally was able to discontinue after 1 year..symptoms improved within 3 days..none now. For me it was horrible and I would never recommend to anyone."

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  • Bob
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • May 22, 2019

Brilinta (ticagrelor) for Acute Coronary Syndrome "Have been on Brilinta for almost 2 months after 1 stent. The shortness of breath is terrible. Sleep is spotty, so I'm doubly exhausted. I wake up multiple times needing to sit up and breathe. My gout has flared up continually since I started this drug, which used to hit every 3 months. All in all, I hate it."

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  • Offen...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • February 6, 2016

Brilinta (ticagrelor) for Acute Coronary Syndrome "Why on earth would Brlinita be approved for heart patients when shortness of breathe is a side affect. A pretty sick joke. I was not amused and told the doctor I would not continue taking it, regardless what the drug rep said of the side affect potentially leaving in a few days."

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  • Too...
  • December 31, 2019

Brilinta (ticagrelor) for Heart Attack "HA with one stent in LAD and was prescribed Metoprolol and Brilinta. A week later the side effects all kicked in: shooting chest pains, racing heart, chest/arms/legs tingling, jitteriness and anxiety. I felt like I was having another HA so spent the weekend in the ER where they didn't find anything wrong. My GP prescribed anxiety meds which provided some helped a bit. After a month of complaining to my cardiologist, they finally took me off of metoprolol and the anxiety, jitters and racing heart rate went away. I was still getting chest pains, shortness of breath, and was feeling nauseous. Another month and I convinced my Dr to switch from Brilinta to Effient and the remaining side effects went away. I'm finally starting to feel normal. Not all Drs are open to modifying patients meds which can be a real issue if you are experiencing negative side effects so please advocate for yourself."

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  • Anonymous
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • September 8, 2017

Brilinta (ticagrelor) for Acute Coronary Syndrome "I advice you not to take Brilinta. My husband woke up every 10 minutes scared of dying because he couldn't breath. He coughed and had blurred vision too. This medication should be off market. We had 2 sleepless weeks while he was in Brilinta"

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  • Klein...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • September 2, 2022

Brilinta (ticagrelor) for Heart Attack "Began taking Brilinta after a Heart Attack. Gasping for breath became a common occurrence. Caused a frequent feeling of oxygen deprivation. Drifting off to sleep became a fearful experience (would be awakened gasping and gulping for oxygen). Scary situation. After researching and identifying Brilinta as a possible culprit for these episodes, I stopped taking the drug. That day of stopping the drug, the breathing problems began to improve. I was able to sleep soundly and no longer had episodes of gasping for breath during the day. Within 24-48 hours of stopping Brilinta, all breathing problems were gone. I refused to continue to take the Brilinta despite the doctor's recommendation that I remain on this medication. Doctor finally agreed to replace the Brilinta with Plavix."

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  • Babys...
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • January 29, 2017

Brilinta (ticagrelor) for Acute Coronary Syndrome "Had heart attack 12/15/2016 and put on Brilinta 90mg twice a day, plus 81mg Aspirin once a day. I experienced shortness of breath, and a cough. Went to see my Cardiologist, he says the shortness of breath will get better, and the cough is not related to the Brilinta. Recently I started feeling soreness on the tops of my hands I press on the veins, and soreness increases. I have now developed large bruises on the top of both hands, with slight swelling. My vision also has changed, bluryness in my left eye, I see no documentation that this is a side effect. Anyone else have this?"

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  • MpoOzzy
  • August 16, 2017

Brilinta (ticagrelor) for Acute Coronary Syndrome "BrIlinta all but put me in the grave. It stopped my breathing...over 100 times in one day. Given to me after catheterization. And no sleep. Was sent home with a change in my meds...Brilinta. Got in the house and started to take a nap as I was crashing... My breathing stopped. I had to try several times before breathing restarted...horrible This went on through out the day. Could not get the doctors to call me. Called Walgreen...that helped. Was told no antidote and was told to flush system with lots of water Not to take any more Berlinta...but use Privosate... At nine pm in the evening I went out side and walked to try to establish breathing pattern...about 11:00 PM was able to breath well enough to sleep. Horrible experience. HORRIBLE BEWARE YOU LIFE"

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  • DCano
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • August 5, 2019

Brilinta (ticagrelor) for Heart Attack "I had a heart attack last Wednesday 7-31 and after having a stent placed I was started on Brilinta. So far I’m not happy with this drug. I am totally fine during the day, but in the middle of the night while sleeping I get woke up with severe shortness of breath. It takes about an hour plus for me to feel better. But now I wake up exhausted due to little sleep. I have been on plavix in the past and it worked fine only thing I had was bruising and I’d rather have that over not being able to catch my breath."

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  • JD Du...
  • December 2, 2022

Brilinta (ticagrelor) for Heart Attack "I had a massive HA back on June 1st. 2022. Doc said, 5 more minutes and I would have been gone. He added 2 more stents to my already three, and started me on Brillinta. I started gasping for breath after a couple of days, losing sleep at night, falling asleep at red lights, unable to walk very far or fast, and severe vertigo (dizziness), muscle cramps, leg pain, swollen knees, and back and neck pain. After the first bottle of Brillinta was gone, I stopped taking it. 2 months later, at my next visit, my Doc went through the roof!! He immediately made me take two 90 mil Brillinta pills, and another that night. Well...3 months later, I'm stopping the med again. I simply can't handle the side effects anymore. Thinking about changing doctors. Btw, all my symptoms went away, and I feel bionic!!"

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  • Tim
  • Taken for 1 to 2 years
  • May 20, 2022

Brilinta (ticagrelor) for Heart Attack "One of the worst medications on the market. Due to the discomfort and bleeding even on a very small cut, this medication isn't worth the risks taking. Stopping Brilinta is also as bad as the side effects, only multiplied. My side effects from this was muscle loss, stomach bloating, join pain, large bruises for no reason, irregular breathing, slower than normal walking and reflex. To name a few."

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  • maguire
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • June 13, 2016

Brilinta (ticagrelor) for Acute Coronary Syndrome "this drug caused incredible severe nosebleeds that landed me in the hospital, to the point where my bathroom looked like a crime scene. Had to miss work because of the side effect of the drug. I had to use two inhalers, one was daily and one was a rescue inhaler due to severe shortness of breath. This drug should not be on the market, it is dangerous!"

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  • Doctor...
  • January 30, 2018

Brilinta (ticagrelor) for Prevention of Atherothrombotic Events "At 90 years of age and after an MI and 2 stents, I started 90 mgs Brilinta twice daily and 88 mgs aspirin daily After reporting excessive bruising, aspirin was reduced to every other day. A few weeks later, I suffered dysonea severe enough that I thought of another MI. Even after the Brilinta dosage was reduced to 60 mgs twice daily, I experience mild dyspnea for a few hours after a dose. I am sleeping several hours a day longer than before. Though I also take lisinopril, metropolol and Liptor, Brilinta appears to be the only drug with unpleasant side effects. I would be interested to know how much lower might be the incidence of clotting with Brilinta as compared to aspirin alone. I really don't like the stuff."

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  • Tom...
  • November 14, 2015

Brilinta (ticagrelor) for Acute Coronary Syndrome "I have been taking Brilinta for almost two years and am just finally able to get off of it. I feel like I have been tired for months. I feel like the med did it's job overall and am thankful it. Just tired all of the time."

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  • Nano
  • Taken for 6 months to 1 year
  • August 9, 2020

Brilinta (ticagrelor) for Heart Attack "Just finished my last dose of Brilinta. Was on the medication for 12 months related to Stent and CABGx4 (August 2019). Noticed bruising which is a known side effect of the medication. Gum bleeding only when brushing and would easily stop. Recommend an ultra soft toothbrush. Someone mentioned arm and leg pain in another review, I have some of that pain/feelings but not to the level that I would compare it to MS. What may be the difference for me is that I followed my recovery protocol seriously by maintaining a healthy diet, exercise, and strict adherence to my meds and maintaining my glucose for my diabetes to an A1c of 5.1."

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  • HighA...
  • December 15, 2015

Brilinta (ticagrelor) for Acute Coronary Syndrome "Brilinta 90mg 2x daily with 81mg aspirin. Dull aches all over body since starting this after a mild MI event, especially lower back (both sides). Mild, tolerable headaches as well but they are less frequent than body aches. Will be switching to Plavix, at least if the side effects are the same and the end result is the same, why am I buying Brilinta? Just doesn't feel safe."

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  • Ricke...
  • September 24, 2016

Brilinta (ticagrelor) for Acute Coronary Syndrome "I was on this med for a year after having angioplasty with the placements of two stents I was on 90mg twice a day and such bruising that after a year my doctor lowered it to 60 mg twice a day Four weeks later I had a heart attack because a clot formed in the stent I had to have another angioplasty and have lost significant heart tissue I feel backed into a corner because my doc won't change the med"

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  • Rick
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • September 5, 2020

Brilinta (ticagrelor) for Coronary Artery Disease "I had a stent placed in my artery that was 90% blocked. They put me on Brilinta and 2 days into it I developed shortness of breath and a terrible feeling of claustrophobia but not of small spaces but of feeling it with myself, I felt I needed to get out myself somehow, it was a very strange feeling . I have asthma as well so took a puff of Ventolin and 5 minutes later my heart was racing and I continued to have shortness of breath. Had to go to hospital. They took me off Brilinta and put me on Clopidogrel. No problems thus far apart from the anxiety I feel, I feel like I'm going out of my mind. Hopefully anxiety is just the lingering affects of Brilinta."

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  • Judi
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • February 28, 2019

Brilinta (ticagrelor) for Heart Attack "I was prescribed brilinta sfter having stent put in. I started having severe shortness of breath within day's. Kept going downhill... Could not walk 20 ft. Without gasping for breath!!!! Doctor seemed unconcerned... I stopped taking it 4 days ago and feel like myself again and can breathe! Taking aspirin and acv Have check-up tomorrow and will let all know! I told them it was so bad but heart doc would not accept it was meds!"

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