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Stroke

Aspirin

06/05/2007

Question:

can you tell me the benefit of aspirin,and the tiny dosage prescribed

Answer:

Aspirin, in doses of 50-325 mg/day, has been shown to be effective in stroke prevention  (lowering risk of stroke between 10-30% depending on the study).  While not a perfect treatment (meaning that strokes can occur while taking aspirin), it is a very good medication that produces a significant stroke risk reduction with very few side effects and very low cost.

There were many studies done in past years looking at higher doses of aspirin, and it is the general consensus that higher doses do NOT have more benefit for stroke risk reduction, and certainly have more side effects including GI discomfort, stomach ulcers, and GI bleeding.

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Response by:

Brett   Kissela, MD Brett Kissela, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Director, Neurology Residency Program
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati