I have many patients who are taking daily low dose aspirin, and worry about what they can take for pain and fever.
Popular options include Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs, which most people know as ibuprofen or naproxen. These are normally great options, but combined with daily aspirin, they can increase your risk of gastrointestinal distress, and may even increase cardiovascular risk.
That may be painful news, but here are some safer options. Try to use acetaminophen as your first choice. If you need an NSAID, lean towards naproxen. You can use ibuprofen if it’s only needed occasionally.
Now, there’s no need to purge your pills if you’ve been taking daily aspirin and use an NSAID once in a while. It may give you relief to know these warnings really apply to those who use them for chronic pain.
Here are some more of my blogs on this topic:
- Taking low-dose aspirin and NSAIDs can be a challenge (Part 1)
- Taking low-dose aspirin and NSAIDs can be a challenge (Part 2)
- Taking low-dose aspirin and NSAIDs can be a challenge
- If you have hypertension can you take NSAIDs?
- Some NSAIDs potentially dangerous for heart attack survivors
- Cardiovascular safety of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
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