Ticagrelor is a medication that belongs to a class of drugs called antiplatelets. It is used to prevent blood clots in people with certain heart conditions, such as acute coronary syndrome (ACS) and a type of chest pain called unstable angina.
- Reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke: Ticagrelor helps reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke in people with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) and unstable angina by preventing blood clots from forming.
- Improves blood flow to the heart: Ticagrelor can improve blood flow to the heart by preventing the formation of blood clots.
- Bleeding: Ticagrelor can increase the risk of bleeding, such as bleeding from the stomach or intestines, or heavy menstrual bleeding.
- Bruising: Ticagrelor can cause bruising more easily.
- Dyspnea: Ticagrelor can cause shortness of breath or difficulty breathing in some people.
- Nausea: Ticagrelor can cause nausea in some people.
- Headaches: Ticagrelor can cause headaches in some people.
- Dizziness: Ticagrelor can cause dizziness in some people.
It’s important to note that Ticagrelor should not be taken with other blood-thinning medications such as aspirin or warfarin, and it should not be taken by people who have had a bleeding disorder or stomach ulcer. It’s also important to inform your doctor if you have any history of bleeding or if you are planning to have surgery. Always consult with a healthcare professional before taking Ticagrelor or any other medication.