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5 Risks Seniors Face When Considering Aspirin Therapy

By Cherie Coe, 9:00 am on

The use of aspirin as a medicinal drug has been traced back to ancient times as a way to alleviate aches, pains, and inflammation. Today, aspirin is often recommended by a physician as a way to prevent heart attacks, heart disease, and strokes. While it can help many people, senior care providers in Jefferson County recommend all seniors understand the risks involved before starting a daily aspirin regimen.

1. Upset Stomach

Seniors who take aspirin daily may experience an unpleasant side effect of upset stomach. The stomach has a delicate lining that can be compromised by using aspirin causing discomfort or bleeding. Taking aspirin on a full stomach has been shown to help with stomach upset.

2. Heartburn

Seniors who take aspirin regularly may also be dealing with heartburn due to their dosage. Heartburn creates a burning sensation in the chest caused by stomach acid that is regurgitated into the esophagus. Meals are a great time to take aspirin and food can help alleviate heartburn pain.

3. Allergic Reaction

People who are sensitive to aspirin often experience identifiable reactions. Things to look for include swelling of the mouth or throat, hives, itchy rash, watery eyes, wheezing cough, nausea, and abdominal cramps. Learning to manage aspirin sensitivity is possible by listening to what the body is saying and following the doctor’s advice.

4. Prescription Drug Interactions

There are many different types of prescription drugs that react negatively with aspirin. Bleeding complications can occur when aspirin is mixed with certain prescription drugs such as anticoagulant medications.

5. Herbal Supplement Interactions

Just because a supplement is herbal does not mean it is always safe when combined with aspirin. There have been cases where this combination has had adverse effects on patients. Increased risk of bleeding is a main concern with herbal supplements and aspirin. Seniors and live-in caregivers should always check with a professional before combining medications.

If your senior loved one is considering an aspirin regimen to prevent a second stroke and could use additional assistance during his or her initial stroke recovery, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Home Care Assistance. Our Jefferson County stroke care can ensure he or she has the support needed for a safe and efficient recovery in the comfort of home. Give us a call at (303) 987-5992 to learn more.