Features July 2015 Issue

Watch Your Use of Aspirin if You’re Already Taking a Blood Thinner

Certain heart conditions and the drugs used to treat them should make you cautious about taking aspirin.

Aspirin is a staple in many medicine cabinets. But if you take blood-thinning medications for a heart condition or after receiving a stent, you should talk with your doctor first before reaching for an aspirin to treat a fever or headache. Blood thinners include anticoagulants such as warfarin (Coumadin®) and antiplatelet drugs, such as clopidogrel (Plavix®). If you take these medications for conditions such as arrhythmias or to prevent a stroke, also using aspirin may cause serious bleeding complications.

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