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  1. Aschenbrenner, Diane S. MS, RN


* Ticagrelor (Brilinta) is a new antiplatelet drug approved to treat acute coronary syndrome.


* When given with low-dosage aspirin, it has been found to reduce thrombotic cardiovascular events and deaths more effectively than clopidogrel (Plavix).


* Adverse effects include bleeding and dyspnea. Patients who have recently had an intracranial hemorrhage, are currently bleeding, or who have other risk factors for bleeding shouldn't take ticagrelor.