Q. Is there a liquid aspirin? I would like to resume my aspirin regimen.

I stopped it due to upset stomach. I believe liquid aspirin would stay in the stomach a shorter amount of time, causing less irritation.

A. Effervescent soluble aspirin such as Aspro or Disprin is quite popular in other countries such as Australia, Canada, Great Britain and New Zealand. In the U.S., Alka-Seltzer includes aspirin along with sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) and citric acid.

We have come up with our own liquid aspirin solution. It’s very simple: Put uncoated aspirin into a glass of club soda or seltzer water. It will take a couple of minutes to dissolve with a bit of stirring. You can add one half teaspoon of baking soda to eight ounces of sparkling water to buffer the aspirin. For flavor, squeeze in the juice from a lemon wedge.

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  1. Greg Pharmacy Student

    V. Devlin,
    If you have cardiac symptoms first call t 911. Do you require nitroglycerin tablets for angina? I have not heard of a soluble Aspirin product. You might buy chewable aspirin (chew 4 of the 81 mg tablets), or SOME Alka-Seltzer tablets contain 325mg of Aspirin.
    Good luck and be safe. Do all the other preventative measures to avoid heart attack: reduce stress, take prescribed blood pressure medications regularly, if possible replace red meat with fish, avoid NSAIDs. Pay a visit to the American Heart Association website for more insight.

  2. V. Devlin

    A doctor recommended carrying heart attack tablets and a small carrying device to keep tablets in on a key ring. The tablets are melt in the mouth asprin. I cannot buy anywhere. can you help?
    Mrs v devlin

  3. Greg Pharmacy Student

    How about chewable Aspirin?
    PP: The aspirin crystals are 850 mg of aspirin AND 65 mg of caffeine.
    This formulation is NOT appropriate for use in a suspected heart attack.
    First before taking an Aspirin call 911. American Heart Association: http://americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=4456
    If possible take one 325 mg non-coated aspirin after you call 911. The 911 caller will probably direct you to do this if possible.
    PP, you have brought up a commonly circulated email that is posted on the following website and shown to be filled with misinformation: http://www.snopes.com/medical/drugs/aspirin.asp
    For accurate, evidence-based information on health related topics please consider asking your pharmacist.

  4. Anthony RPh

    Stomach upset from aspirin is not due to how long aspirin is in the stomach. It doesn’t matter if you take plain, buffered or enteric coated, it is due to the way aspirin works. If this occurs consult an MD about going on a proton pump inhibitor or H2 antagonist if you have to take aspirin. Most often 81mg is usually adequate but not without the potential of stomach upset.

  5. PP

    Just last week I heard Bayer has come out with sub-lingual aspirin crystals, which can be taken in case of a heart attack, and get the drug into the system faster than by taking orally.

  6. elvira

    Caution. There are 500 mg of sodium in 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda.
    That’s 1/3 the amount of daily sodium intake suggested by the American Heart Association to heart patients.

  7. Joan

    However baking soda adds salt to your diet and lemon can be a stomach irritant as well. So then what?

  8. Joel H.

    I learned many years ago never take aspirin without eating something, preferably
    after a meal.

  9. beau10

    I take an aspirin a day by grinding it into powder then swallowing. This suggestion is just great – what a super idea that I will now use. Thanks.

  10. WRS

    I was hoping that someone might know of a melt-away Aspirin strip that you put in your mouth and it melts almost instantly similar to the new breath strips. Anyone know if this is out yet?

  11. cpmt

    MANY COUNTRIES in Europe : France, Spain, Italy etc… use this type of aspirin effervescent and also powder aspirin that you don’t need to take with water, just dissolve in your mouth and you can take any time any where.

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