and High Blood Pressure - can I take aspirin for high blood pressure
Everyone should consult their doctor before taking aspirin on a regular
basis. Until your doctor gives his approval you should not take aspirin on a regular
Patients who have high blood pressure should not be taking aspirin regularly unless
their doctor considers that they are at risk of a stroke or heart attack. He would also first ensure that the
high blood pressure was controlled.
Aspirin taken on a regular basis affects clotting of the blood and is quite likely
to cause bleeding of the intestines and the stomach.
There is evidence that there is an increased risk of a stroke from bleeding into the
brain associated with aspirin and high blood pressure.
Aspirn is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug
(NSAID). It has anti-platelet activity which means that it can stop the blood from clotting and blocking blood flow
to important organs of the body such as the heart and brain.
Under certain circumstances when prescribed by your
doctor it can help prevent further heart attacks and strokes in patients who have a history of these conditions and
helps prevent unstable angina. Some aspirin products such as 'Micropirin' are specially coated (enteric
coated) so that aspirin release is delayed. However, because the aspirin release is delayed this tablet type is not
suitable for relieving pain.
When can I stop taking my tablets for high blood pressure?
If you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure and
prescribed medical treatment in the form of tablets it is most likely that you will have to continue with the
medication for the rest of your life.
In some cases where a significant change in lifestyle has taken place and been
effective this may result in a reduction of medication or possibly dispensing with specific
High blood pressure is a long-term illness and it is essential that it is regularly
monitored and that the patient continues to take the medication exactly as
You must not stop taking the medication as soon as your blood
pressure reduces to an acceptable level. If you do, in all probability, after a short time it will return to
the previous high level and you will have to start taking the tablets again. There is no benefit to your
health in reducing your blood pressure for just a few weeks or months.
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