What is Brilinta?
Brilinta is known as an ‘anti-platelet’ medication because it helps stop platelets sticking together. This reduces the chances of a blood clot forming in your heart's arteries, which can reduce or stop blood flow.
Why should I take it?
Brilinta affects cells called ‘platelets’. These very small cells help stop bleeding by clumping together to plug tiny holes in blood vessels that are cut or damaged. However, platelets can also form clots inside damaged blood vessels in the heart and brain. This can be very dangerous because:
- The clot can cut off the blood supply completely – this can cause a heart attack (myocardial infarction)
- The clot can partly block the blood vessels to the heart – this reduces the blood flow to the heart and can cause chest pain which comes and goes (called ‘unstable angina’)
How should I take it?
It’s likely that you’ll be asked to take one 90mg Brilinta tablet twice a day for at least 12 months, unless your doctor tells you differently. Take Brilinta around the same time every day (for example, one tablet in the morning and one in the evening).
When should I take it?
You can take Brilinta with or without food, whichever you prefer. The important thing is to try to make sure that you take your tablets at the same time every day.
How can I remind myself?
Here are a few simple ways to help you remember to take Brilinta morning and night.
- Store your tablets next to your toothbrush as a visual reminder
- Put them near the teabags if you always have a morning and night-time cup of tea
- Get a relative or friend to remind you
- Put a reminder in your cell phone
What if I miss a dose?
If you ever forget to take a tablet, just take your next dose as normal. Do not take a double dose (two doses at the same time) to make up for a forgotten dose.
What if I take too much?
If you take more Brilinta than you should, talk to your doctor or go to hospital straight away as you may be at increased risk of bleeding. Tell the doctor you see how much Brilinta you’ve taken and, if you can, take a pack of your tablets with you.
Is Brilinta safe to take with other medicines?
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines. This includes medicines that you can buy without a prescription, dietary supplements and herbal remedies. This is because Brilinta can affect the way some medicines work and some medicines can have an effect on Brilinta.
Who needs to know I’m taking Brilinta?
Because your medicine can cause some bleeding, it’s important to tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking it before any kind of surgery, including minor procedures such as having a tooth removed.