Having a heart attack makes you more likely to have another one. BRILINTA is a prescription antiplatelet medication for people who have had a recent heart attack or severe chest pain (unstable angina) that happened because their heart was not getting enough oxygen. It is also for patients after recent heart attack or chest pain that are being treated with medicines or procedures to open blocked arteries in the heart.
BRILINTA is used with aspirin to lower the chance of having another heart attack, dying from a heart attack, stroke, or blood clots in patients who have a stent. These can be fatal.
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BRILINTA should be taken as prescribed twice a day, plus one 81-mg aspirin tablet once per day. Together, this can help keep your platelets from sticking together and forming new clots.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION ABOUT BRILINTA
BRILINTA is used to lower your chance of having another heart attack or dying from a heart attack or stroke, but BRILINTA (and similar drugs) can cause bleeding that can be serious and sometimes lead to death. Instances of serious bleeding, such as internal bleeding, may require blood transfusions or surgery. While you take BRILINTA, you may bruise and bleed more easily and be more likely to have nosebleeds. Bleeding will also take longer than usual to stop.
CALL YOUR DOCTOR RIGHT AWAY IF you have any signs or symptoms of bleeding while taking BRILINTA, including: severe, uncontrollable bleeding; pink, red, or brown urine; vomit that is bloody or looks like coffee grounds; red or black stool, or if you cough up blood or blood clots.
Here’s how the antiplatelet medicine, BRILINTA, works
Without BRILINTA plus aspirin, platelets can stick together and form a clot in a stent or in your artery. And that can cause another heart attack.
With BRILINTA plus aspirin, platelets are less likely to stick together and form a new and dangerous clot.
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Do not stop taking BRILINTA without talking to the doctor who prescribes it for you.