Even though they look and sound alike, Brintellix and Brilinta are two very different medications that treat different conditions. Prescribing and dispensing confusion is serious, and either drug could be harmful if not taken correctly.
Why did the FDA issue the alert?
The FDA issued a safety alert due to continued reports of prescribing and dispensing errors. It may help to know that it was not due to any reports of a patient taking the wrong medication.
It’s available as a tablet in 5 mg, 10 mg, and 20 mg strengths.
What kind of medication is Brilinta?
Brilinta is an anti-platelet drug used to prevent blood clots for people at risk of having another heart attack, or of dying from a heart problem after a heart attack or severe chest pain.
It is also available as a tablet, in a 90 mg dosage only.
What should I do if I am taking one of these medications?
If you are new to Brintellix or Brilinta and think you may have received the incorrect medication from the doctor or pharmacy, check with your doctor and pharmacist before taking any of your prescription.
Want more information?
You can find the full FDA safety alert here.