What is an aspirin regimen?


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An aspirin regimen, also known as aspirin therapy, is a daily dose of aspirin between one-fourth to one-half of the regular strength to prevent and manage heart attack and clot-related stroke risks, according to WebMD. An aspirin regimen works by decreasing the inflammation of plaque build up in the arteries and preventing blood clots by thinning the blood.

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People who have coronary artery disease, people who have had a heart attack or ischemic stroke and people who have had bypass surgery may benefit from an aspirin regimen, according to WebMD. The side effects of an aspirin regimen include stomach ulcers, hemorrhagic stroke, gastrointestinal bleeding, excessive bleeding during surgery, allergic reaction and ringing in the ears leading to hearing loss, according to Mayo Clinic.

Using an enteric-coated aspirin may help reduce the risk of aspirin-related stomach problems because this type of pill passes through the stomach and into the small intestine before being dissolved, according to Bayer.

According to the Mayo Clinic, other medications and supplements that interfere with an aspirin regimen or increase the risks of bleeding include:

  • Warfarin
  • Dabigatran
  • Rivaroxaban
  • Heparin
  • Ibuprofen if taken regularly
  • Corticosteroids
  • Antidepressants such as clomipramine and paroxetine
  • Danshen
  • Dong quai
  • Evening primrose oil
  • Ginkgo
  • Omega-3 fatty acids including fish oil supplements
  • Policosanol
  • Willow bark
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