Aspirin and NSAIDs

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.


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2 thoughts on “Aspirin and NSAIDs

  • Fannie Wiggins

    I have some concerns after reading your article. I take an 81 mg aspirin each morning. I also take 75mg Voltaren twice a day. I have arthritis and degenerative joint disease and this helps. But after reading your article I am wondering if I should be taking both. I would appreciate any insight you might have on this. Thank you.

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