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.

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  1. SM

    Does the same apply to other NSAIDS? Like naproxen or Ibuprofen? As far as Vit C protecting?

  2. DS

    When I was little we took Aspergum. I understand that children are not now given aspirin because of Reye’s Syndrome, but why could adults not use the gum?

  3. Barbara

    Would you comment on the danger of aspirin for people with macular degeneration?
    In the January 2012 Ophthalmology journal an article showed aspirin causes dry MD to become wet and this leads to blindness.
    My retina dr. told me it is dangerous for MD patients to take aspirin because it can cause blindness.
    PEOPLE’S PHARMACY RESPONSE: Thank you for bringing this research to our attention:
    Based on this study, it seems that people with macular degeneration would do well to avoid daily or frequent aspirin use.

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