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What is Brilinta (ticagrelor) used for?

Medically reviewed by Melisa Puckey, BPharm. Last updated on Feb 15, 2024.

Official answer


Brilinta (ticagrelor) is used to stop new blood clots forming and therefore lower the risk of having a cardiovascular (CV) event or stroke. It is used for people that have medical conditions that increase their chance of a CV event or stroke.

Brilinta is specifically used for these medical conditions:

Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS) or a History of Myocardial Infarction (MI):

  • To lower the chance of CV death, MI and stroke
  • To decrease the risk of a blood clot within a stent, if you have a stent placed for ACS.

Coronary Artery Disease but No Prior Stroke or Myocardial Infarction:

  • To reduce the likelihood of having a MI or a stroke, if you are high risk of these due to coronary artery disease (CAD)

Acute Ischemic Stroke or Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA):

  • To lower the risk of a stroke if you have had an acute ischemic stroke that has a NIH score ≤5
  • To reduce the chance of stroke if you are high risk for a transient ischemic attack

Should you take aspirin with Brilinta?

  • Yes, in most cases Brilinta (ticagrelor) is prescribed with low dose aspirin (75mg to 100mg aspirin daily) to reduce the risk of a blood clot forming.

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