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Bleeding Risk; Aspirin and Brilinta Effectiveness

Bleeding Risk

  • Ticagrelor, like other antiplatelet agents, can cause significant, sometimes fatal, bleeding.
  • Do not use ticagrelor in patients with active pathological bleeding or a history of intracranial hemorrhage.
  • Do not start ticagrelor in patients planned to undergo urgent coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG). When possible, discontinue ticagrelor at least 5 days prior to any surgery.
  • Suspect bleeding in any patient who is hypotensive and has recently undergone coronary angiography, percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), CABG, or other surgical procedures in the setting of ticagrelor.
  • If possible, manage bleeding without discontinuing ticagrelor. Stopping ticagrelor increases the risk of subsequent cardiovascular events.

Aspirin Dose and Reduced Ticagrelor Effectiveness

  • Maintenance doses of aspirin above 100 mg reduce the effectiveness of ticagrelor and should be avoided. After any initial dose, use with aspirin 75 to 100 mg per day.


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Updated January 2018