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Ibuprofen (Definition)

Ibuprofen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (nsaid). It works by reducing hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body. Ibuprofen is used to reduce fever and treat pain or inflammation caused by many conditions such as headache, toothache, back pain, arthritis, menstrual ...Read more


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Are aspirin, acetaminophen and ibuprofen equally good at preventing heart attacks?

Are aspirin, acetaminophen and ibuprofen equally good at preventing heart attacks?

Only Aspirin Daily: Only Aspirin is indicated for prevention of heart attack acetaminophen and ibuprophen are not used and not recommended for prevention of heart attack. ...Read more

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Have multiple heart attacks in family history. Taking 25mg atenonlol & 81 mg baby aspirin nightly. Can i also take Advil or ibuprofen for headaches?

Have multiple heart attacks in family history. Taking 25mg atenonlol & 81 mg baby aspirin nightly. Can i also take Advil or ibuprofen for headaches?

Yes: All anti-inflammatory medications increase risk for a cardiovascular event (mi, stroke, death). These risk seems to be associated with higher doses. So it's best if you take the lowest possible dose for a short duration. The other concern with nsaids and Aspirin is increase risk for GI bleed. If you have risk factor for this you have to be cautious and may want to take some zantac (ranitidine) with it. ...Read more

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FDA recently stated non-aspirin NSAID can increase risk of heart attack and stroke. As a user of Advil, (ibuprofen) I take 400mg a few times a week or less for headache, some weeks not at all. Should I worry?

FDA recently stated non-aspirin NSAID can increase risk of heart attack and stroke. As a user of Advil, (ibuprofen) I take 400mg a few times a week or less for headache, some weeks not at all. Should I worry?

NSAIDS: NSAIDS are associated with such side effects. In your case, you are young and NSAIDs may not cause heart attack or stroke at this stage. People with underlying atherosclerosis and with plaque formation in their arteries are at higher risk. If you can avoid, that is preferable as Routine use of NSAIDS may contribute to gastritis, peptic ulcer, kidney damage etc. ...Read more

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Can I take tylenol (acetaminophen) instead of aspirin to prevent heart problems?

Can I take tylenol (acetaminophen) instead of aspirin to prevent heart problems?

No: No, tylenol (acetaminophen) is antipyretic( fever reducer) and pain reliever and that's about it. It does nothing for cardiovascular system. ...Read more

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If you take ibuprofen daily should you still take a baby aspirin daily to prevent heart disease?

If you take ibuprofen daily should you still take a baby aspirin daily to prevent heart disease?

Interference: They interfere with each other. If you must take ibuprofen, you should take the Aspirin 1 hour before or at least 4 hours after any Ibuprofen or the Aspirin will not be able to provide the platelet inhibitory ("blood thinning" effect. Ibuprofen does not prevent heart disease and there is data that like other nsaids, it increases it slightly. ...Read more

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If someone takes motrin, Advil or tylenol (acetaminophen) can she have a heart attack ?

If someone takes motrin, Advil or tylenol (acetaminophen) can she have a heart attack ?

NSAIDs: Like advil or aleve or celebrex, etc can cause platelet aggregation and have despite low, the propensity to cause heart attack or stroke. Who are at more risk are the ones who need Aspirin for protection who have preexisting risk. These medicines counteract the protective effect of aspirin. Tylenol (acetaminophen) does not belong to this class. ...Read more

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Sensitive to aspirin &motrin, in the form of mild hives. no other sym's. can i still take aspirin in event of emergency such as possible heart attack?

Sensitive to aspirin &motrin, in the form of mild hives. no other sym's. can i still take aspirin in event of emergency such as possible heart attack?

Can be serious: Hi. Aspirin/NSAID allergy can be very serious, and can cause anaphylaxis. It would be wise to see an allergist for a proper evaluation before risking it. ...Read more

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Does a daily aspirin work to prevent heart attacks?

Does a daily aspirin work to prevent heart attacks?

Yes: Studies have show that it helps just as does brushing and flossing teeth every night before bed! ...Read more

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What's the right dose of aspirin. ? To prevent an heart attack ?

Baby aspirin: 81 mg (as opposed to 325 mg daily) usually taken every day or even every other day has been shown to be equally effective for prevention heart attacks- with no other risk factors than - note this is still controversial as some docs still recommend 162-325 mg daily. I do defer to my cards colleagues and leave my patients on what they recommend. ...Read more

Dr. Creighton Wright
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Heart Attack (Definition)

Heart attack is a life-threatening condition in which the blood vessels that supply the heart becomes occluded and thus the heart itself is not longer receiving any blood flow. Without this blood flow, the heart muscle dies and cannot pump blood to the ...Read more


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Halfprin (Definition)

Halfprin is a platelet inhibitor which is a kind of anti-coagulation drug ...Read more