TALKING TO YOUR DOCTOR

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR DOCTOR

Below are some questions you or your caregiver may want to ask your doctor about your heart attack, including changes to your daily routine.

QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR HEART ATTACK

  • Did the heart attack cause permanent damage to my heart?
  • Am I at risk of having another heart attack?
  • How can I lower my risk of another heart attack?
  • How often do I need to come in for office visits?

QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR MEDICINES

  • Why was I prescribed these medicines?
  • How are my medicines different from each other?
  • Will these medicines react with other medicines?
  • Are there any possible side effects with my medicines?
  • What are the types of side effects I might experience?
  • How long should I take each of my medicines?
  • What happens if I miss a dose?
  • How can I remember to take all of these medicines?

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

QUESTIONS ABOUT DAILY LIVING

  • When can I start my normal activities again (for example, going back to work, walking, dancing, playing golf, having sex, working in the garden, taking care of children or grandchildren)?
  • Are there any activities I should not do?
  • Are there any foods I need to stay away from?
  • Is it okay to have alcohol?
  • What is the best way to stay on track with my medicines?
  • How can I make heart-healthy lifestyle changes?

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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION ABOUT BRILINTA® (ticagrelor), INCLUDING BOXED WARNINGS, FOR 60-MG AND 90-MG TABLETS Read More

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.

Approved Use

BRILINTA is a prescription medicine for people who have had a heart attack or severe chest pain that happened because their heart wasn’t getting enough oxygen.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION ABOUT BRILINTA® (ticagrelor), INCLUDING BOXED WARNINGS, FOR 60-MG AND 90-MG TABLETS

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.

Do not stop taking BRILINTA without talking to the doctor who prescribes it for you. People who are treated with a stent, and stop taking BRILINTA too soon, have a higher risk of getting a blood clot in the stent, having a heart attack, or dying. If you stop BRILINTA because of bleeding, or for other reasons, your risk of a heart attack or stroke may increase. Tell all your doctors and dentists that you are taking BRILINTA. To decrease your risk of bleeding, your doctor may instruct you to stop taking BRILINTA 5 days before you have surgery. Your doctor should tell you when to start taking BRILINTA again, as soon as possible after surgery.

Take BRILINTA and aspirin exactly as instructed by your doctor. You should not take a dose of aspirin higher than 100 mg daily because it can affect how well BRILINTA works. Tell your doctor if you take other medicines that contain aspirin. Do not take new medicines that contain aspirin.

Do not take BRILINTA if you have a history of bleeding in the brain, are bleeding now, or are allergic to ticagrelor or any of the ingredients in BRILINTA.

Slow heart rhythm has been reported with BRILINTA.

BRILINTA can cause serious side effects, including bleeding and shortness of breath. Call your doctor if you have new or unexpected shortness of breath or any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. Your doctor can decide what treatment is needed.

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. BRILINTA may affect the way other medicines work, and other medicines may affect how BRILINTA works. Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. You should not breastfeed while being treated with BRILINTA.

APPROVED USE

BRILINTA is a prescription medicine for people who have had a heart attack or severe chest pain that happened because their heart wasn’t getting enough oxygen.

BRILINTA is used with aspirin to lower your chance of having another serious problem with your heart or blood vessels such as heart attack, stroke, or blood clots in your stent if you received one. These can be fatal.

Please read Medication Guide and Prescribing Information, including Boxed WARNINGS, for BRILINTA.

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