Q. What is the value of the "enteric" form of aspirin? I need to take aspirin for my heart and I'm aware it can cause gastric ulcers. I thought the enteric aspirin would be safer than regular aspirin but my pharmacist told me it too can cause ulcers.
A. Aspirin in any form can cause ulcers in susceptible individuals. Enteric-coated aspirin is designed to dissolve in the lower intestine instead of the stomach. But once aspirin starts circulating in the blood stream, ulcers are a potential complication.