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Is there a hoax associated with Bayer aspirin crystals?

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A hoax circulating on the Internet claims that Bayer makes its extra-strength quick-release crystals to dissolve under the tongue to deliver a faster effect than tablets when taken during a heart attack, notes Snopes.com. However, Bayer does not recommend the crystals for this purpose.

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Bayer aspirin extra-strength quick-release crystals are not suitable for use during a heart attack, notes Snopes.com. The crystals contain 850 milligrams of aspirin, which is about 10 times the FDA-recommended dosage for countering heart attacks in patients. In addition, the crystals contain 65 milligrams of caffeine, a substance known to increase the heart rate.

However, chewing a 325-milligram aspirin during a heart attack can be beneficial, notes Harvard Health Publications. Aspirin works by inhibiting the formation of platelets, lessening blood clots and blockages.

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