Q. Is it safe to take aspirin at the same time I take my vitamins? Will they counteract each other?
A. Taking aspirin with vitamin C (100 to 250 mg) might actually be a good idea. Research has shown that vitamin C (ascorbic acid) can help protect the digestive tract from the irritating effects of aspirin (Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics, Feb. 1, 2004; Journal of Physiology & Pharmacology, Nov. 2006, Suppl. 5).
Aspirin is an extremely versatile compound that helps to protect against heart disease and many different kinds of cancer, including colon, lung, breast, prostate, esophageal and even skin cancers. It can help prevent blood clots known as deep vein thromboses and is as good as warfarin in treating heart failure. Aspirin does have some serious risks, however, especially bleeding ulcers that could prove lethal. That is why people who take aspirin daily should make sure their physicians are aware of this practice.