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Aspirin 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 basis.

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 tablets.

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 prescribed.



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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Research material about aspirin and high blood pressure provided by K. Standerline, State Registered Nurse. UK

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