Ticagrelor is used along with low-dose aspirin (usually at dosages of 75-100 milligrams a day) to help prevent heart attack and stroke in people with heart problems (such as unstable angina, previous heart attack). It may also be used to prevent heart attack or stroke after certain heart surgeries (such as stent placement, coronary artery bypass graft-CABG, or angioplasty).
Ticagrelor belongs to a class of drugs known as antiplatelet agents. It works by preventing certain blood cells (platelets) from sticking together and forming harmful blood clots. This "anti-platelet" effect helps keep blood flowing smoothly in your body.
How To Use
Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start taking ticagrelor and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Take this medication by mouth with or without food as directed by your doctor. Your doctor will direct you to start treatment with a higher "loading" dose (usually ticagrelor 180 milligrams and aspirin 325 milligrams), followed by a lower maintenance dose, usually one tablet by mouth twice a day and low-dose aspirin (usually 75-100 milligrams) once a day. Carefully follow your doctor's directions. See also Warning section.
Take this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same times each day.
Do not increase your dose or take this drug more often or for longer than prescribed. Your condition will not improve any faster, and your risk of side effects will increase.
It is very important to continue taking this medication even if you feel well. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.