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Talk With Your Doctor About Taking Aspirin Every Day

Aspirin can improve the flow of blood to the heart and brain. This reduces your risk of heart attack or stroke.

Review Date: December 17, 2014

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Aspirin: Questions and Answers

Find answers to common questions regarding the use of aspirin to treat heart attacks, other coronary conditions, and rheumatological diseases. Aspirin has potential risks as well as benefits. Talk to your doctor before deciding whether aspirin is right for you.

Review Date: June 01, 2011

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Arthritis Pain: Creams and Gels for Aching Joints

Learn about the various types of creams, gels and patches available for pain relief. Can these topical pain medications ease your arthritis pain?

Review Date: December 01, 2014

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Aspirin for Reducing Your Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke: Know the Facts

Aspirin has been shown to be helpful when used daily to lower the risk of heart attack, clot-related strokes and other blood flow problems. Talk to your doctor to learn whether the risks of long-term aspirin use may be greater than the benefits.

Review Date: January 28, 2013

Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Daily Aspirin Therapy

The decision to use aspirin to prevent a heart attack or stroke is safest when made in consultation with a health professional.

Review Date: January 28, 2013

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Daily Aspirin Therapy: Understand the Benefits and Risks

Daily aspirin therapy may lower your risk of heart attack and stroke, but daily aspirin therapy isn't for everyone. Ask your medical provider if it is right for you.

Review Date: December 01, 2014

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Fentanyl Patch Can Be Deadly to Children

The FDA issued a safety alert to warn patients, caregivers and health care professionals about the dangers of accidental exposure to and improper storage and disposal of the fentanyl patch. Find out how to protect children from accidental exposure.

Review Date: April 20, 2012

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

New Information About Taking Aspirin and Ibuprofen Together

If your doctor told you to take aspirin to help prevent a heart attack, you need to know that taking ibuprofen at the same time, for pain relief, may interfere with the benefits of aspirin for the heart.

Review Date: June 01, 2011

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Over-the-Counter Medicines that Can Potentially Contribute to Reye's Syndrome Problems- (PDF)

This list of over-the-counter medicines includes those that contain aspirin products, and therefore, might contribute to Reye's Syndrome.

Review Date: December 09, 2012

National Reye's Syndrome Foundation

Pain Management and Relief

Pain may be caused by the cancer itself, by the treatment, or by the side effects of the treatment. Most pain experts agree that 90-95% of all cancer-related pain CAN be successfully treated. Patients and health care professionals can work as a team to manage pain and discomfort.

Review Date: May 28, 2014

National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship

Pain Relievers: Understanding Your OTC Options

Over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers are medicines that you can buy without a prescription from your doctor. Find out how pain relievers work, what types of symptoms they can relieve, and more.

Review Date: September 13, 2011

American Academy of Family Physicians

Prescription Painkiller Overdoses: Use and Abuse of Methadone as a Painkiller

More than 30% of prescription painkiller deaths involve methadone, even though only 2% of painkiller prescriptions are for this drug. Find out what you can do to prevent the misuse of Methadone.

Review Date: July 05, 2012

National Center for Injury Prevention and Control - NCIPC
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Taking Aspirin to Prevent Heart Attacks

Should you take aspirin? It’s always a good idea to talk with your provider before taking aspirin to prevent a heart attack.

Review Date: February 07, 2012

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Taking Aspirin to Prevent Strokes

Should you take aspirin? It’s always a good idea to talk with your provider before taking aspirin to prevent a stroke or heart attack.

Review Date: March 18, 2013

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Use Caution with Pain Relievers

The Food and Drug Administration warns consumers that all over-the-counter pain relievers should be taken with care to avoid serious problems that can occur with misuse.

Review Date: May 27, 2011

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

What is Reye's Syndrome? - (PDF)

This fact sheet provides information about Reye's Syndrome and the causes.

Review Date: December 09, 2012

National Reye's Syndrome Foundation

What's Your AQ? (Acetaminophen Safe Use Quiz)- (PDF)

This acetaminophen quiz is geared toward college students. Test your knowledge by completing the brief survey. Check true or false to see how much you know. Then see if you’ve answered correctly.

Review Date: May 01, 2012

National Council on Patient Information and Education

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