Chewable Aspirin
Friday, August 14, 2009

Chewable aspirin is absorbed more quickly than solid tablets. This finding could lead to improvements in the care of heart attack and stroke patients. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more in today’s 60 Second Housecall.

Chewable aspirin is absorbed faster and is more effective than regular aspirin that is either swallowed whole or chewed and then swallowed.

Researchers gave three different types of aspirin to 14 people between the ages of 20 and 61. One group was given regular solid aspirin tablets. Another was given regular aspirin tablets and told to chew the pills before swallowing.  A third group was given chewable aspirin tablets.

The researchers then measured levels of aspirin in the blood. Researchers say the chewable aspirin consistently showed the greatest and fastest absorption rates.

Current guidelines call for giving heart attack patients one aspirin tablet and for them to chew it to speed up its anti-blood-clotting properties.

Aspirin works within 15 minutes to prevent the formation of blood clots in people with known coronary artery disease.

Aspirin use in patients with heart disease is common. People with known coronary disease often are told to take a “baby” aspirin daily to reduce their risk of heart attack or stroke.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, I’m Dr. Edward Hill.