Who should take aspirin?

David B. Agus, MD
Hematology & Oncology

For certain people, aspirin can be a lifesaver. In this video, cancer specialist and author Dr. David Agus explains who should consider taking aspirin and why.


Aspirin can be helpful if you need to bring down a fever or relieve pains like muscle soreness or headache. If you have had a heart attack, stroke, or angina, you can take aspirin daily under medical supervision to prevent further episodes and improve your chances of survival. If you have inflammation from certain diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus, regular, medically supervised aspirin use may be an option.  If you are taking aspirin over the counter, follow the directions on the label. If you are taking it under medical supervision, follow your doctor's instructions. Inform your doctor first about any over the counter or prescription medications you take and any current or past medical conditions you have. Tell your doctor as well if you are pregnant or breastfeeding or if you have plans to become pregnant or nurse a baby. Aspirin may be a very common and readily available drug, but it does have side effects, risks, and drug interactions.

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