Safety Alerts & Recalls
What does this mean?
The FDA says one thing is certain about aspirin use: You should use daily aspirin therapy only after first talking to your healthcare provider, who can weigh the benefits and risks in your specific situation.
The FDA also warns that the amount of aspirin you take matters. Your healthcare provider can tell you the dose and frequency that will provide the greatest benefit with the least side effects. If your healthcare provider recommends daily aspirin, read the labels carefully to make sure you have the right product. Some over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription products combine aspirin with other pain relievers or other ingredients, and should not be used for long-term aspirin therapy.
Patients and healthcare providers are encouraged to report side effects related to the use of medicines to the FDA's MedWatch program. You can reach MedWatch by:
--- Telephone: 1-800-332-1088
--- Fax: 1-800-332-0178
--- Mail: MedWatch, FDA, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20852-9787
--- Website: www.fda.gov/safety/medwatch
FDA Addresses the Question: “Can an Aspirin a Day Help Prevent a Heart Attack?”
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports that taking an aspirin daily can help prevent a heart attack or stroke in some people, but not in everyone.
So who should take aspirin daily?
If you have experienced a heart attack or stroke, or if you have a disease of the blood vessels in the heart (also known as heart disease), the FDA says a daily low dose of aspirin (ranging from the 80 milligrams (mg) in a low-dose tablet to the 325 mg in a regular strength tablet) can help prevent another heart attack or stroke. This use is known as "secondary prevention."
The FDA’s recommendation is different for those who have never had a heart attack or stroke or who do not have heart disease. After a review of the scientific evidence, the FDA is now advising against the general use of aspirin to prevent a heart attack or stroke among people who have not had a heart attack, stroke, or cardiovascular problems, a use that is called "primary prevention." In these people, the benefit to prevent a heart attack or stroke has not been established and does not outweigh the serious risks, such as bleeding into the brain or stomach.
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