Business of Baby Aspirin.
Reconciliation of medication forms are very important to making sure that correct medications are ordered if need or to prevent a medication error. I will ask patients what medications they are taking and they will get out their list or bottles. I will ask if they are taking any supplements or vitamins and they may or not consider those medication. Then I ask about eye drops, patches, insulin, and inhalers. But the number one and daily medication that everyone will not tell me unless I ask is the 81 mg of aspirin. Adults just do not consider this medication.
Baby aspirin was the go to for giving to children with fevers. Then in 1986, Reye’s syndrome was a result of giving baby aspirin with harmful results. This lead to a decline in the purchase of baby aspirin. The advertisers went back to work.
Just what is baby aspirin?
Baby aspirin is acetylsalicylic acid and is an antipyretic to reduce fevers and analgesic for minor pains. It works as an antiplatelet. It is this action that makes it excellent for keeping pesky gathering of cells that make clots and clog up the plumbing in the blood vessels. These clots lead to heart attacks and strokes. So baby aspirin is cool!
Not so much. Many adults get hung up on the “baby” part of the terminology. Many do not realize that “baby” is low dose and more than enough to thin out the blood and keep those visits to the ER from happening. The interesting thing I have discovered is if I just say aspirin. Patients will say, oh, no I do not take a big aspirin. Meaning the 325 mg tablet.
However, all will agree that if having chest pain, and the ride to the ER is going to be a long one or the squad is on the way, go ahead and take your aspirin tablet so it can begin working on thinning the blood. Baby or not, aspirin is an effect blood thinner and effective in preventing cardiac events.
Just do not forget to tell your providers or healthcare workers you are taking it. It is a medication.
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