When should I take aspirin?

Jill A. Grimes, MD
Family Medicine

Aspirin can be used for headaches, but there are other more important reasons that you may need to take aspirin. Here are several uses for aspirin:

  • If an adult appears to be having a heart attack, the first response is to have the person swallow an aspirin.
  • Studies show that an adult aspirin a couple times per week reduces the incidence of colon polyps (and therefore, hopefully colon cancer).
  • Before sitting on a plane or going for a long car ride, a single aspirin can help prevent blood clots from forming in your legs (deep vein thromboses, or DVT).

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