It’s important to take Brilinta for as long as your Doctor has advised
If you are serious about preventing another heart attack then you need to take your treatment recovery plan seriously. This means sticking with your treatment plan and taking your medications as prescribed.
Taking Brilinta for up to 12 months is recommended.
I feel fine now; do I still need to take Brilinta?
It is quite common for people to think that just because they are feeling well, they have recovered. At this point some people may also start to question whether they still need to be taking Brilinta.
It is important to know that just because you are feeling better does not mean that you are fully recovered and if you stop taking your Brilinta you may increase the risk of having another heart attack.
Taking Brilinta for 12 months is recommended
Side effects and how to manage them
Side effects can occur with any treatment and Brilinta is no different.
Even mild side effects can be unpleasant, however it is important to remember that the main aim of Brilinta is to reduce the risk of another heart attack, so the prospect of side effects should be kept in perspective.
If you are experiencing side effects and they worry you, talk to your Specialist, GP, Nurse or Pharmacist but do not stop taking Brilinta without seeking their advice.
Two of the more common side effects that you could experience are breathlessness and minor bleeding. Do not be alarmed by the possibility of these side effects, because you may not experience either of them.
Feelings of breathlessness (feeling out of breath) that you might experience while on Brilinta are usually only mild to moderate and will often resolve within a week. Most people only experience it once and it will not affect your long-term ability to breathe.
If you have asthma or COPD you are at an increased risk of breathlessness (your doctor may discuss this with you).
How to manage your breathlessness
There are a number of things you can do to minimise the impact of breathlessness. These include breathing exercises, relaxation techniques and coping strategies. Your doctor is the best person to talk to about these as well as any other techniques for managing your breathing.
Minor bleeding can include nosebleeds, gum bleeds, bruising and blood coming out from any injection sites.
How to prevent bleeding
There are a few things you can do to help reduce the risk of bruising and bleeding while taking Brilinta:
- Use an electric razor while shaving
- Use an emery board instead of clippers for nail care
- Brush your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush to avoid bleeding gums
- Avoid blowing your nose hard
- Practice extra caution to avoid bumps, bruises or cuts
- Avoid activities where you can get hurt
- Get plenty of rest
- Drink plenty of fluids, eat a healthy diet, and exercise
If you are experiencing something that worries you while
you are taking Brilinta, talk to your Specialist, GP,
Nurse or Pharmacist.
Talk to your Specialist, GP, Nurse or Pharmacist
Before you consider changing anything with your medication, please talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist for guidance. These people should be a key part of your support network. It’s important to be open and honest with them, as it helps them understand what your needs are. It is always OK to share any concerns and fears you may have – they are very used to this.
As mentioned previously, your pharmacist will also be able to answer many of your questions and they also have resources that can help you with your Brilinta.