JACC. Cardiovascular interventions

Pharmacodynamic Effects of Ticagrelor Dosing Regimens in Patients on Maintenance Ticagrelor Therapy: Results From a Prospective, Randomized, Double-Blind Investigation.

PMID 26117466


The aim of this study was to assess the impact of ticagrelor dosing regimens on pharmacodynamic (PD) profiles in patients on maintenance ticagrelor therapy. Many patients on maintenance P2Y12-inhibiting therapies may require coronary revascularization procedures, raising a common clinical question with regard to the dosing regimen of the P2Y12-inhibiting agent to be used. To date, investigations assessing dosing regimens of P2Y12 receptor inhibitors in patients on maintenance therapy have been only assessed with thienopyridines, but not with ticagrelor. This was a prospective, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study assessing the PD effects of 2 dosing regimens of ticagrelor in patients on standard aspirin and ticagrelor maintenance therapy. A total of 60 patients were randomized to either 90 mg (maintenance dose [MD] group) or 180 mg (loading dose [LD] group) dose of ticagrelor. PD assessments were conducted at 3 time points (baseline, 1 h and 4 h). PD assessments were defined according to the platelet reactivity index (PRI) (vasodilator-stimulated phosphoprotein phosphorylation assay), P2Y12 reaction unit (VerifyNow P2Y12 assay) and adenosine diphosphate-induced platelet aggregation by light transmittance aggregometry. There were no differences in baseline levels of platelet reactivity with all assays. Intergroup comparisons by means of repeated-measures analysis adjusted for baseline PRI values showed that the LD group had significantly lower PRI levels compared with the MD group during the overall study time course (p = 0.031). Consistent findings were found for P2Y12 reaction unit (p = 0.026) and light transmittance aggregometry (p = 0.004). Intragroup comparisons showed that a more prompt and sustained platelet inhibitory effect was achieved more consistently with an LD regimen compared with a MD regimen. In patients on maintenance ticagrelor therapy, a 180-mg LD regimen of ticagrelor is associated with more potent and prompt platelet inhibition compared with a 90-mg MD. (Impact of Ticagrelor Re-Load Pharmacodynamic Profiles; NCT01731041).