Is Ibuprofen OK To Use With Aspirin Therapy?

Is Ibuprofen OK To Use With Aspirin Therapy?
SEATTLE - Like you, I'm getting older. Since there's a history of heart disease in the Weisbaum family, my doctor decided it was time for me to start low-dose aspirin therapy.

The 81milligram aspirin tablet I take each day is supposed to keep my blood thin and prevent clots that can cause a heart attack or stroke.

Which got me thinking; what should I take if I have a headache, sore back or some other pain?

My doctor says I should use aspirin or acetaminophen products, such as Tylenol. That's because ibuprofen, the active ingredient in products such as Advil and Motrin, can counteract the blood-thinning effect of aspirin.

According to the Mayo clinic web site. if you are on low-dose aspirin therapy, you can take a single dose of ibuprofen without worry - if you take it two hours after the aspirin.

But they say, "taking multiple doses of ibuprofen daily or taking ibuprofen before aspirin can impair the protective effect of the aspirin."

For More Information:

Ibuprofen: Does it Counteract the Benefits of Aspirin?

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Enteric-Coated Aspirin: Does it Offer the Same Heart Benefits as Plain Aspirin?

Aspirin for Reducing Your Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke

Aspirin: From Pain Relief to Preventive Medicine