Appearing on this ITV Morning, Dr Chris said, “I take a low dose of aspirin – 75 mg – every day.” The doctor explained that “years ago I was discovered to have high blood pressure and high cholesterol.” This increased her risk of having a heart attack, so “taking a low dose of aspirin every day lowers the risk of future heart attacks.” However, Dr Chris said that “some people have to be careful” – especially if they are prone to:
- Stomach pains
- Acid reflux
If any of the above applies to you, Dr Chris says “you shouldn’t take aspirin”.
But he recommends discussing this stuff with your GP, since aspirin “can cause gastric erosion and gastric ulcers.”
“I’ve been taking mine for years, and it hasn’t been a problem,” he continued, referring to the low-dose aspirin.
Presenting his keys to the camera, Dr Chris held up his green key ring containing “two dose-loss aspirins”.
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“It’s on [my] keychain, it’s with me all the time, it’s by my bedside, and if I start [having] chest pain, I will take the 75 mg of aspirin immediately. ”
Otherwise known as acetylsalicylic acid, aspirin is widely available in drugstores, supermarkets, and stores.
If your doctor advises you to take a low dose of aspirin, the blood thinning medication may help prevent heart attacks and strokes in those most at risk.
This includes those who have experienced either event and those who have had heart surgery.
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Low-dose aspirin is available by prescription, which can be as light as 75 mg daily tablets – just like Dr. Chris’s dose.
Aspirin helps the blood to be “less sticky,” the NHS said, and it can be under the brand names Caprin, Danamep, Micropirin and Nu-seals.
Those who need to take the medicine are advised to do so with a meal; this will help to avoid an upset stomach.
A general practitioner will only prescribe low-dose aspirin if it is safe for you, taking into account one of the following:
- If you have had an allergy to aspirin or similar pain relievers such as ibuprofen
- You have ever had a stomach ulcer
- Arterial hypertension
- Heavy periods
- Recently had a stroke
- Asthma or lung disease
- You have ever had a problem with blood clotting
- Liver or kidney problems
“Your doctor will discuss which dose is right for you. It is important to take low-dose aspirin exactly as recommended by your doctor,” the NHS said.
There are different forms of low dose aspirin, such as:
- Standard tablets
- Soluble tablets
- Enteric coated tablets
What happens if I forget my daily dose?
“If you forget to take a dose of aspirin, take it as soon as you remember,” the NHS advised.
However, if you only remember the next day, skip the missed dose and continue as usual.
As a reminder to take a daily dose, it may be helpful to carry it in a keychain like Dr Chris, that way it is in sight most of the time.
You can also set an alarm to remind you to take the tablet daily.
If you accidentally take too much aspirin and any of the following occur, contact your GP:
- Feeling sick (nausea)
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
- Hearing problems