Aspirin’s Double-Edged Sword

Aspiring has been known to cause severe allergic reactions, ringing in the ears, upset stomach, heartburn, and even age-related macular degeneration (a leading cause of blindness).

So-called “aspirin therapy” involves taking a daily low-dose (81 miligrams) aspirin for the prevention of strokes and heart attacks. This treatment works by blocking the formation of blood clots that can prove to be life threatening among those with atherosclerosis (buildup of plaque that narrows arteries). Not only can aspiring therapy reduce the risk of repeat heart attacks and stokes, but there is also some evidence that the treatment might prevent them from occurring in some individuals. However, it should be recognized that taking aspirin regularly could lead to ulcers, stomach and intestinal bleeding, and hemorrhagic strokes (in rare cases). These risks must be assessed along with potential benefits when considering aspirin therapy with the help of a physician.

Is taking a low-dose aspirin a day the right thing for you? It’s not as easy a decision as it sounds. Let us help you know the benefits and risks before considering daily aspirin therapy. At Med-Fast Pharmacy, we are happy to discuss any complications that over the counter and prescription medications may cause with your specific situation. Our knowledge and skill gives us a unique ability to help you. Stop by any of our Med-Fast Pharmacy locations, or call for any questions that you may have. We are happy to take care of our Med-Fast Family.