Combining Pain Killers May Counteract Benefits - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/25/03

Combining Pain Killers May Counteract Benefits

Since 1988, we've heard doctors recommend taking a daily aspirin to prevent a heart attack, but a new study kind of throws a rock in that gear.

Yes, a daily small dose of aspirin is still thought to be the cheapest, easiest therapy in protecting against heart disease, but new research from Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital paints a new picture.

They say that when you take a baby aspirin for your heart then take a non-aspirin pain killers like Ibuprofen for what aches, you are instead counteracting the aspirin benefit and losing the heart protection.

So, what to do about it? Well, the doctors say that an occasional non-steriodal drug probably doesn't interfere with the long-term benefit of a daily aspirin, but that you should talk to your doctor about what pain killers you're combining. Researchers say hopefully this new finding will lead to a time release of those drugs so that users can take both kinds and get both benefits.

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