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Drug Information

What is Ticagrelor used for?

Ticagrelor is used as an adjuvant to treat patients with heart disease. It is also used to prevent heart attack and stroke.

Ticagrelor may also be prescribed for other conditions as determined by the doctor.

How does Ticagrelor work?

Ticagrelor belongs to the class of drugs called platelet aggregation inhibitors. This drug acts by blocking the certain receptors, which inhibits platelet activation. Thus, it prevents abnormal clot formation in the blood vessels and improves the blood flow.

How to take Ticagrelor?

The dosage and the drug form depend on the age, weight and medical condition of an individual. Take Ticagrelor as prescribed by your doctor.

Swallow the tablet whole. Do not crush or chew the tablet. Take the drug with or without food. However, taking the drug with food prevents stomach upset.

If you miss a dose of Ticagrelor, please take it immediately once you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for the missed dose.

The overdose symptoms of Ticagrelor may include:

  • Nausea
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Irregular heartbeat

You must seek immediate medical attention if you experience any of the above symptoms.

What are the drugs that interact with Ticagrelor?

Drugs that interact with Ticagrelor include the following:

  • Boceprevir
  • Carbamazepine
  • Clarithromycin
  • Clopidogrel
  • Dabigatran
  • Ibuprofen
  • Itraconazole
  • Ketoconazole
  • Mifepristone
  • Phenytoin
  • Rifampin
  • Ritonavir
  • Telaprevir
  • Warfarin

This is not a comprehensive list of drug interactions. Consult your doctor to know more about other possible drug interactions.

What are the side effects of Ticagrelor?

The following are the most common side effects of Ticagrelor:

  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Nosebleed
  • Tightness in the chest

The following are the severe side effects and you may require immediate medical attention:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Irregular heartbeat

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Please consult your doctor to know more about other possible side effects.

What special precautions should be followed while taking Ticagrelor?

  • Avoid using the medicine if you are allergic to Ticagrelor or similar drugs.
  • Do not drive or operate heavy machinery if Ticagrelor medication causes severe drowsiness or blurred vision.
  • Seek doctor’s advice before taking any other drug or herbal products while on Ticagrelor medication.
  • Be cautious while using an electric razor to prevent injury and risk of bleeding.
  • Consult your doctor before taking Ticagrelor medication during breastfeeding.
  • Keep the medication away from the reach of children.

You are advised not to take Ticagrelor if

  • it has passed the expiry date of the medicine printed on the pack.
  • the foil or packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering or there is discolouration.

What should you tell your doctor before taking Ticagrelor?

  • Tell your doctor if you have any history of haemophilia, ulcers or nose bleeds.
  • Inform the doctor if you are taking any other drugs, OTC medications, herbal products or nutritional supplements.
  • Tell your doctor before taking Ticagrelor medicine prior to any scheduled surgery.
  • Notify the doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Frequently asked questions about Ticagrelor

  1. Is it safe to consume alcohol while on Ticagrelor medication?
  2. No, you must avoid consumption of alcohol while taking Ticagrelor medication, as it can increase your risk of stomach bleeding. Please consult your doctor for further information.

  3. Is it safe to take Ticagrelor medicine during pregnancy?
  4. Consult your doctor regarding the benefits and potential risks of Ticagrelor medicine during pregnancy.

  5. Is it safe to alter the dose of Ticagrelor medicine?
  6. No. Altering the dose of Ticagrelor medication may increase the risk of side effects. Therefore, do not alter the dose without medical supervision.

  7. Do I need to be monitored for any laboratory parameters while taking Ticagrelor medication?
  8. You must monitor your blood pressure regularly while on Ticagrelor medication.


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