March 22nd, 2019
So, who should be taking aspirin and why?
Aspirin is used to treat pain and reduce fever or inflammation.
Daily low-dose aspirin is a blood thinning medicine. Aspirin is also known as acetylsalicylic acid.
It is one of the most familiar and common medicines in the world.
It is mainly given to people who have had heart attacks, strokes or chest pain (angina). Or who may be at high risk of one of the mentioned.
Many people take it upon themselves to take an aspirin a day to prevent heart attack and cardiovascular issues, but patients should speak to their GP first to decide whether doing so, is suitable for their medical needs and outweigh the potential risks.
What is the right dose?
A GP will usually recommend the correct amount which to take, but daily low-dose aspirin makes the blood less sticky and helps to prevent heart attacks and stroke.
It’s usual to take a dose of 75mg (to prevent a heart attack or stroke) once a day. Sometimes doses may be higher (up to 300mg), depending on personal circumstances, especially if just had a heart attack.
Does it matter if you do it yourself (OTC) rather than via your GP?
Aspirin is an over-the-counter medicine, but low-dose aspirin isn’t safe for everyone, so I would recommend only taking low-dose aspirin if your doctor recommends it.
Do doctors take aspirin?
Yes, medical professionals who have a health issue need to take aspirin (i.e. after a heart attack/stroke) and will take it as they are aware of the health benefits and potential risks.