17 Jul



Aspirin.  At home or at work, it’s in most every medicine cabinet. This little white pill is often suggested by physicians as a first line of defense against heart attack and stroke. Many people I know are taking a single 81 mg aspirin every single morning to keep their blood flowing smoothly.

The common aspirin is most often used for migraine and headaches. Studies have shown that aspirin is best used for dull pain while it is less effective on acute, extreme pain.

Well known for its blood-thinning, anti-coagulant properties, aspirin is an excellent assistance against blood clots. SPECIAL WARNING FOR THOSE USING ANTI-COAGULANT OR BLOOD THINNING MEDICATIONS: Be sure to seek medical advice before using aspirin.

As far as natural supplements go, it has been suggested that odorless aged garlic capsules may do your heart as much good when taken in a regular daily dose as an aspirin does.

“The most common side effects include stomach-ache, heartburn, loss of appetite, and small amounts of blood in stools. Less common side effects are rashes, hives, fever, vision problems, liver damage, thirst, stomach ulcers, and bleeding. People who are allergic to aspirin or those who have asthma, rhinitis, or polyps in the nose may have trouble breathing after taking aspirin.”  Nancy Ross-Flanigan, Medical Encyclopedia

Some contra-indications for the use of aspirin are that aspirin should not be taken by people who are allergic to ibuprofen or naproxen, and special caution should be exercised in those with asthma. Due to the effect aspirin has on the stomach lining, manufacturers recommend that people with peptic ulcers, mild diabetes or gastritis seek medical advice before using aspirin. There is an increased risk of stomach bleeding when aspirin is taken with alcohol. Anyone with hemophilia or other bleeding tendencies should not take aspirin or other salicylates. People with kidney disease, hyperuricemia, or gout should not take aspirin because aspirin inhibits the kidneys’ ability to excrete uric acid and thus may exacerbate these conditions. Aspirin should not be given to children or adolescents to control cold or influenza symptoms as this has been linked with Reye’s syndrome.

As always, please consult your family physician before using aspirin.

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The information in this column is not intended as medical advice. Its intention is solely informational and educational.

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