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Classification: A

Drug products: Brilique

ATC code: B01AC24

Substances: ticagrelor


In the large randomized studies comparing ticagrelor with clopidogrel or placebo in patients with coronary artery disease (PLATO and PEGASUS-TIMI 54), no difference between men and women in effect on primary outcomes or severe bleeding.

Additional information

Pharmacokinetics and dosing

Following a single 200 mg dose of ticagrelor in healthy patients, women had 37% higher AUC and 52% higher Cmax than men. The mean half-life was 22% longer in women than in men. However, these differences are not considered to be clinically important [1-3]. No dose adjustment based on sex is necessary [1-3].


A large sex-specific meta-analysis of randomized phase III and IV trials compared the efficacy of P2Y12 inhibitors (prasugrel, ticagrelor, cangrelor) with clopidogrel or placebo in patients with coronary artery disease (63 346 men, 24 494 women). The potent P2Y12 inhibitors reduced the risk of major adverse cardiovascular events similarly in men and women [4]. This finding was confirmed in a recent sex-specific meta-analysis of P2Y12 inhibitors (ticagrelor, prasugrel, clopidogrel) in patients with acute coronary syndrome [5]. The meta-analyses included two large trials on ticagrelor, one compared ticagrelor and clopidogrel in patients with acute coronary syndrome (PLATO) and one compared ticagrelor and placebo in patients with myocardial infarction (PEGASUS-TIMI 54). No significant sex differences were observed for the primary efficacy endpoint (cardiovascular death, myocardial infarctions, or stroke) [6, 7].

Adverse effects

A sex-specific meta-analysis (63 346 men, 24 494 women) examining the risk of major bleeding from treatment with P2Y12 inhibitors (prasugrel, ticagrelor, cangrelor) in coronary artery disease suggested no significant difference in major bleeding in men and women [4, 6, 7]

Reproductive health issues

Regarding teratogenic aspects, please consult Janusmed Drugs and Birth Defects (in Swedish, Janusmed fosterpåverkan).

Updated: 2020-08-28

Date of litterature search: 2019-01-22


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  5. Lee KK, Welton N, Shah AS, Adamson PD, Dias S, Anand A et al. Differences in relative and absolute effectiveness of oral P2Y12 inhibition in men and women: a meta-analysis and modelling study. Heart. 2018;104(8):657-664. PubMed
  6. Husted S, James SK, Bach RG, Becker RC, Budaj A, Heras M et al. The efficacy of ticagrelor is maintained in women with acute coronary syndromes participating in the prospective, randomized, PLATelet inhibition and patient Outcomes (PLATO) trial. Eur Heart J. 2014;35(23):1541-50. PubMed
  7. Bonaca MP, Bhatt DL, Cohen M, Steg PG, Storey RF, Jensen EC et al. Long-term use of ticagrelor in patients with prior myocardial infarction. N Engl J Med. 2015;372(19):1791-800. PubMed
  8. Läkemedelsstatistik. Stockholm: Socialstyrelsen. 2017 [cited 2019-01-30.] länk

Authors: Linnéa Karlsson Lind

Reviewed by: Mia von Euler

Approved by: Karin Schenck-Gustafsson