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Why Did My Doctor Choose BRILINTA?

Since you've had a heart attack, you are more likely to have another. Your doctor chose BRILINTA to help protect you from having another heart attack or dying from one.

From the Hospital Through 12 Months

BRILINTA 90 mg is a prescription medicine for people who have been hospitalized for a heart attack, also known as acute coronary syndrome (ACS).

  • In a major clinical study, BRILINTA 90 mg plus aspirin:
  • Reduced the chance of having another heart attack or dying from one
  • Worked better than Plavix® (clopidogrel bisulfate) plus aspirin*
  • *For at least the first 12 months following ACS
  • Plavix is a registered trademark of Sanofi.
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1 Year and Beyond

BRILINTA 60 mg is a prescription medicine for people who had a heart attack at least 1 year ago.

BRILINTA 60 mg plus aspirin worked better than aspirin alone at reducing the risk of heart attack, stroke, or death from another heart attack

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.

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.

  • 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

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.

Antiplatelet therapy and heart attack risk