Low-Dose Aspirin - Yay or Nay?

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by simon.r, 17 Jul 2012.

  1. simon.r

    simon.r Person

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    Posted as a result of this BBC News article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-18853597

    For those of us in the 40+ age range is the risk of stomach bleeds caused by taking 75mg of aspirin daily outweighed by the reduced risks of some cancers?

    I asked my GP the question recently and she wouldn't commit one way or the other.

    What say you?
     
  2. derrick

    derrick The Glue that binds us together.

    why are you taking asprin daily?
     
  3. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    I have to take it for my heart condition ... it's not to thin my blood but to help with the headaches resulting from all the red wine that's thinning my blood ....
     
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  4. TransientStates

    TransientStates Regular

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    I'm not offering advice but, from what I've been told in lectures, I personally would take a small dose of aspirin each day. However, if I had any conditions that contraindicated the use of aspirin then I may not take it. I guess it would depend on the condition and any other medication I were taking. As I don't (yet) then I believe (for me) that the very small risks associated with prolonged aspirin use are far outweighed by the benefits. But remember, I'm talking about myself and the informed decision I made. I am not advising you either way.
     
  5. derrick

    derrick The Glue that binds us together.

    I have to take one now, but i only ever take tabs if prescribed by the doc.
     
  6. OP
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    simon.r

    simon.r Person

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    Point taken. Any decision I make will be made on the basis of fairly substantial research, just interested to hear random opinions / links to arguments for or against etc etc.
     
  7. TransientStates

    TransientStates Regular

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    Also, given my family history of certain cancers, the benefit to me is likely to be higher than the general population. However, if that history was different then my decision may be different. It's about the risk:benefit ratio. For me the (unproven) benefit outweighs the risk.
     
  8. vernon

    vernon Harder than Ronnie Pickering

    Location:
    Meanwood, Leeds
    Your medical practitioner felt unable to answer your question so you are seeking the advice of unqualified strangers?

    Stick to doing your extensive research and make an informed decision. :thumbsup:
     
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  9. OP
    OP
    simon.r

    simon.r Person

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    I'm not, but am considering taking it as a prophylactic.

    I sort of agree, but there are numerous over the counter drugs available that many people take without prescriptions (paracetamol, anti-histamine, glucosamine....the list is virtually endless). There's no official guidance about aspirin (that I'm aware of) and I suspect that most GPs will be unwilling to recommend the use of aspirin as a prophylatic in the absence of this. The powers that be seem to be a little slow with official comments, given the amount of media coverage of the apparent benefits.
     
  10. TonyEnjoyD

    TonyEnjoyD Veteran

    I take 75mg per day as well as beta blockers, calcium channel blockers, anti-platelets, statins and something to make my arteries more supple.
    Had a heart stack at 30 and a stent in earlier this year.
    As soon as I am off the major drugs I am upping my aspirin to 150mg then 300 daily.
    Anything to Help the ticker as well as reduce the potential for cancer .

    Oh, plenty stock of gaviscon extra tablets.
     
  11. OP
    OP
    simon.r

    simon.r Person

    Location:
    Nottingham
    Again. point taken. I've frequented internet forums long enough to know that the correct answer to medical queries is 'seek professional advice', but I'm not really seeking advice here, just throwing the subject out to see what people think. Subtle difference?
     
  12. vernon

    vernon Harder than Ronnie Pickering

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    There's a whole world of difference between thinking and knowing...
     
  13. The Jogger

    The Jogger Guru

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    I take it, in soluble form, I also squeeze a lemon into a cup and take that every day, helps with acid reflux, which I very occasionally get, also has lots of other health benefits.
     
  14. dave r

    dave r Dunking Diddy Dave Pedalling Pensioner

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    Holbrooks Coventry
    Angina in 2008, 4 stents put in, problems with blood pressure and cholesterol, my doctor has me on symvastatin and low dose aspirin to control my cholesterol and reduce my chances of having a heart attack.
     
  15. bof

    bof Senior member. Oi! Less of the senior please

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    I took aspirin as a self-prescribed blood thinner when I started to worry for some reason that now escapes me about heart attacks. The effect was my Oesophagus got slightly ulcerous which was quite unpleasant. So for me, no.
     
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