FDA issues ibuprofen/aspirin warning

September 18, 2006

The FDA has notified consumers and healthcare professionals that taking ibuprofen for pain relief and aspirin at the same time may interfere with the benefits of aspirin taken for the heart.

The FDA has notified consumers and healthcare professionals that taking ibuprofen for pain relief and aspirin at the same time may interfere with the benefits of aspirin taken for the heart. Ibuprofen can interfere with the antiplatelet effect of low-dose aspirin (81 mg per day), and that may render aspirin less effective when used for cardio protection and stroke prevention. Although it is all right to use ibuprofen and aspirin together, the FDA recommends that consumers contact their healthcare professional for more information on the timing of taking these two medicines, so that both can be effective. The summary can be found at www.fda.gov/medwatch/safety/2006/safety06.htm#aspirin.

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