Q. You recently wrote about how to get aspirin into the system quickly in the event of a heart attack. Years ago my mother would give me Aspergum. Wouldn’t that work?
A. You are right that Aspergum was once a way to get aspirin (227 mg) into the body quickly. It is no longer available in the U.S.
Several readers brought a different product to our attention, however. UrgentRx makes a powdered aspirin (Aspirin to Go) containing a 325 mg dose designed for rapid absorption with or without water.
The standard recommendation for those experiencing chest pain or other heart attack symptoms is to chew aspirin and wash it down with a glass of water after calling 911.