The Dallas Morning News
Coated aspirin is no guarantee of safety
My husband collapsed due to severe internal bleeding. He’d been taking two full-strength aspirin tablets as needed, on the advice of his doctor.
I tried to protect his stomach by buying entericcoated aspirin. That just took the damage farther down the digestive tract.
Had he been taking regular aspirin, he might have felt pain in his stomach before he developed a bleeding ulcer and would have seen the doctor before losing so much blood internally.
I will never let him take enteric-coated aspirin again. It’s a wonderful drug, but like all drugs, it carries risks.
Doctors have long worried that aspirin might cause stomach or duodenal ulcers. Even low-dose aspirin is capable of irritating the digestive tract, resulting in a bleeding ulcer.
In recent years, gastroenterologists have found aspirin also can damage the small intestine (Journal of Gastroenterology, April 2015). Enteric-coated aspirin might be riskier in this regard than ordinary buffered aspirin.
I have been taking Zyprexa for several years now and have accumulated about 60 pounds in excess weight. I am on a very low dose. Is it safe to stop this medication so I can get back to a healthy weight?
Olanzapine (Zyprexa) and other anti-psychotic drugs have been linked to metabolic changes. These include reduced insulin sensitivity, higher blood-sugar levels and increases in LDL cholesterol and triglycerides. Weight gain also is a serious complication.
Do not stop Zyprexa suddenly or without medical supervision. Discontinuation may lead to sweating, nausea and vomiting. You may have to gradually reduce the dose over weeks or months in very careful coordination with your doctor.