War­ring Painkillers

Health & Nutrition - - FLASH -

Sev­eral stud­ies have sug­gested that if you take low­dose as­pirin to pro­tect your heart, you shouldn’t take ibupro­fen fre­quently, since it can block the anti-clot­ting ef­fect of the as­pirin. Re­cently the US FDA is­sued a warn­ing about this, say­ing that peo­ple should get med­i­cal ad­vice about the tim­ing of the two drugs. Oc­ca­sional use of ibupro­fen is okay, the FDA sug­gested, but you shouldn’t take it dur­ing the eight hours be­fore or half hour af­ter tak­ing regular (un­coated) low-dose as­pirin. Be­cause en­teric-coated as­pirin takes longer to be ab­sorbed, ibupro­fen seems to in­ter­fere with it for at least 12 hours, so there’s no clear way to avoid the in­ter­ac­tion, ac­cord­ing to the FDA.

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