A low dose of aspirin helps to stop blood clots. It lowers the risk of you having a heart attack or stroke. It is usually given to people:
- who have already had a heart attack
- who have already had a stroke
- who have angina
- who have problems with their blood circulation that could lead to a heart attack or stroke
Taking your aspirin
Take your dose at the same time each day. Aspirin is usually taken in the morning with or soon after a meal. There are two types of aspirin:
- Soluble aspirin – dissolve the tablet in a little water and drink the mixture.
- Enteric coated aspirin – swallowed the tablet whole and wash it down with a little water. The tablet must not be crushed or chewed.
Problems to watch out for
- People who have had a stomach ulcer should not take aspirin. Your doctor can give you another medicine to reduce the risk of blood clots.
- Tell your doctor if you get stomach upset or stomach pain after taking aspirin. Tell your doctor if you see blood in your vomit or faeces while taking aspirin.
- Tell your doctor if you feel wheezy after taking aspirin.
- Do not take any other medicines containing aspirin. The amount is too small to help with pain relief. If you need a pain killer, paracetamol is usually safe to take.
- Tell your doctor if you get any unusual effects from taking aspirin.
- Children under the age of 16 years should not normally take aspirin unless the doctor tells them to.
- Women who are pregnant or breast-feeding should not take aspirin unless the doctor tells them to.
We are smoke-free
Smoking is not allowed anywhere on the hospital campus. For advice and support in quitting, contact your GP or the free NHS stop smoking helpline on 0800 169 0 169.
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