Overview

Aspirin is available over the counter. Some people with diabetes take Aspirin to lower their risk for heart attack and stroke.

Aspirin is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It is believed that Aspirin helps prevent blood clots from forming and causing heart attacks or strokes.

How do I take it?

Most people who take Aspirin to lower their risk for heart attack and stroke take a low dose (81 milligrams) once a day.

Aspirin comes as a tablet or caplet.

Side effects

The FDA-approved label for Aspirin lists common side effects including bleeding, gastrointestinal ulcers, abdominal pain, upset stomach, rash, drowsiness, and nausea.
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For answers to frequently asked questions about exposure to aspirin during pregnancy and breastfeeding, visit the experts at MothertoBaby.org.

Aspirin Questions

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