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Brilinta: 7 things you should know

Medically reviewed by Carmen Pope, BPharm. Last updated on March 27, 2023.

1. How it works

2. Upsides

3. Downsides

If you are between the ages of 18 and 60, take no other medication or have no other medical conditions, side effects you are more likely to experience include:

Note: In general, seniors or children, people with certain medical conditions (such as liver or kidney problems, heart disease, diabetes, seizures) or people who take other medications are more at risk of developing a wider range of side effects. View complete list of side effects

4. Bottom Line

Brilinta blocks a substance called ADP (adenosine-5-diphosphate) which plays a crucial role in blood clotting and may be given together with aspirin to people who have had a heart attack or with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) to reduce their risk of having a stroke or other heart problems. Bleeding, shortness of breath (dyspnea), dizziness, and nausea are the most common side effects reported with Brilinta. Studies report Brilinta to be more effective than clopidogrel (Plavix) at reducing the risk of CV death, MI, or stroke in the first year of treatment.

5. Tips

6. Response and effectiveness

7. Interactions

Medicines that interact with Brilinta may either decrease its effect, affect how long it works, increase side effects, or have less of an effect when taken with Brilinta. An interaction between two medications does not always mean that you must stop taking one of the medications; however, sometimes it does. Speak to your doctor about how drug interactions should be managed.

There are over 400 medications that interact with Brilinta. Common medications that may interact with Brilinta include:

In general, any medicine that can increase the risk of bleeding (such as aspirin, corticosteroids, SSRI antidepressants [eg, citalopram, duloxetine, fluoxetine, venlafaxine], enoxaparin, fish oils) may interact with Brilinta.

Note that this list is not all-inclusive and includes only common medications that may interact with Brilinta You should refer to the prescribing information for Brilinta for a complete list of interactions.


Further information

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use Brilinta only for the indication prescribed.

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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