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Generic Name: ticagrelor

It helps to prevent blood clots
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What is this medicine?

TICAGRELOR (TYE ka GREL or) helps to prevent blood clots. This medicine is used to prevent heart attack, stroke, or other vascular events in people who have had a recent heart attack or who have severe chest pain.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

-bleeding disorder
-bleeding in the brain
-liver disease
-planned surgery
-stomach or intestinal ulcers
-stroke or transient ischemic attack
-an unusual or allergic reaction to ticagrelor, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
-pregnant or trying to get pregnant
-breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. You can take it with or without food. If it upsets your stomach, take it with food. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take it more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.

Talk to you pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

Overdosage: If you think you've taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?


-certain antibiotics like clarithromycin and telithromycin
-certain medicines for fungal infections like itraconazole, ketoconazole, and voriconazole
-certain medicines for HIV infection like atazanavir, indinavir, nelfinavir, ritonavir, and saquinavir
-certain medicines for seizures like carbamazepine, phenobarbital, and phenytoin
-certain medicines that treat or prevent blood clots like warfarin
-dexamethasone
-digoxin
-lovastatin
-nefazodone
-rifampin
-simvastatin

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular check ups. Do not stop taking you medicine unless your doctor tells you to.

If you are going to have surgery or dental work, tell your doctor or health care professional that you are taking this medicine.

You should take aspirin every day with this medicine. Do not take more than 100 mg each day. Talk to your doctor if you have questions.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

-allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
-black, tarry stools
-breathing problems
-fast or irregular heartbeat, feeling faint or light-headed, falls
-red or dark-brown urine
-red spots on the skin
-spitting up blood or brown material that looks like coffee grounds
-unusual bleeding from the eye, gums, or nose
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (Report these to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome.):

-breast enlargement in both males and females
-diarrhea
-dizziness
-headache
-tiredness
-upset stomach

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature of 59 to 86 degrees F (15 to 30 degrees C). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

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


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