Question: What are the benefits of the drug ticagrelor? César (Peru).
Answer: Ticagrelor is part of the group of new antithrombotics that are being marketed in our country (see PLATO study). Like prasugrel or clopidogrel (the famous Plavix or Iscover) they work by inhibiting the activity of platelets. They are usually used once you have had a coronary problem (angina or heart attack) and decrease the rate of new cardiovascular events. It plays a fundamental role after coronary intervention, that is, after implanting stents, to keep them in good condition and prevent thrombi from forming inside them. They are usually used temporarily (1 month to 12 months) in conjunction with aspirin.