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    June 20, 2007

    Aspirin: Less is more

    A review published in the May 9, 2007 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association revealed the finding of a group of cardiologists that baby aspirin may be just as effective at preventing cardiovascular events with less of a risk of gastrointestinal bleeding than adult-sized aspirin. Baby aspirin contains 75 to 81 milligrams aspirin in contrast with 325 milligrams in an adult dose. Earlier research has indicated that long term doses of as little as 30 milligrams per day are adequate to help prevent excessive blood clot formation, which can lead to heart attack or stroke.

    Cardiologists at the University of Kentucky and the Institut de Cardiologie-Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Pitié-Salpêtrière in Paris selected 8 randomized controlled clinical trials and 3 observational studies for the current review. Analysis of the data failed to find support for using more than 75 to 81 milligrams aspirin, and confirmed an increased incidence of bleeding events associated with higher doses.

    "While aspirin is an effective drug for the prevention of clots, the downside of aspirin therapy is an increased tendency for bleeding (particularly from the GI tract)," stated lead author Charles L. Campbell, MD of the University of Kentucky's Gill Heart Institute. "We believe the minimum effective dose should be utilized. We also believe more study in this area is warranted to determine if the minimum dose is effective for everyone, or if dose should be adjusted from person to person."

    Coauthor Steven R Steinhubl, MD, also of the University of Kentucky, added, "Patients should check with their doctor to be sure, but there is almost no one who needs to take more than 81 mg of aspirin a day for protection from heart attacks."

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    my dad is a retired cardiologist and he always told his patients that you dont need to buy the Bayer childrens stuff or St Joseph, just take a normal aspirin and cut it in half.

    Its still half of 325 mg, and cheaper. Additionally, some of his patients were really overweight and the lower dose didnt always help them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bassgirl View Post
    my dad is a retired cardiologist and he always told his patients that you dont need to buy the Bayer childrens stuff or St Joseph, just take a normal aspirin and cut it in half.

    Its still half of 325 mg, and cheaper. Additionally, some of his patients were really overweight and the lower dose didnt always help them.
    You'd actually want 1/4 of an adult aspirin. I'm not sure if aspirin can be split in 4 easily?
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    Quote Originally Posted by terracotta View Post
    You'd actually want 1/4 of an adult aspirin. I'm not sure if aspirin can be split in 4 easily?
    The tests are on 81mg doses but the point of them is that you dont need a whole tablet for it to be effective. The half tablet dose is just as effective. The 81 mg ones might seem more convenient for stacking but we're on this subject.

    YOu could always crush them like you would for an aspirin mask, and use a pinch of it it in a drink or something. Or use half of an alka seltzer tablet in water. These break easy, and can even break into 1/4 pieces easy . You have a ready made drink to take other supps with and no additional pill to swallow.

    Just asked my dad about it and here's what he said:
    Baby aspirin is too expensive. Take half an aspirin a day - or better yet, take a whole one every other day. Don't have to break them. Effect lasts a week or so, so every other day is fine. And cheap. Get the cheapest ones there are. All the same.
    Last edited by bassgirl; 12-19-2007 at 04:48 PM. Reason: update
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    Yes 81mg of aspirin everyday is proven in countless medical studies to be very effective and a cornerstone in coronary artery disease prevention. That one little pill a day is the first step in preventing "the big one."

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    Quote Originally Posted by bassgirl View Post

    Just asked my dad about it and here's what he said:
    Baby aspirin is too expensive. Take half an aspirin a day - or better yet, take a whole one every other day. Don't have to break them. Effect lasts a week or so, so every other day is fine. And cheap. Get the cheapest ones there are. All the same.
    Thanks for passing on your dad's advice.
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