Aspirin: Questions and Answers
Q. What are the different uses for aspirin?
- Strokes: Aspirin use recommended in both men and women to treat mini-strokes
(transient ischemic attack [TIA]) or ischemic
stroke to prevent subsequent
cardiovascular events or death.
- Heart Attacks:
- reduces the risk of death in patients with suspected
acute heart attacks (myocardial infarctions)
- prevents recurrent heart attacks
- reduces the risk of
heart attacks or sudden death in patients with unstable
and chronic stable angina pectoris (chest pain).
- Other coronary conditions:
Aspirin can be used to treat patients who have had certain revascularization
procedures such as angioplasty, and
coronary bypass operations -- if they have a
vascular condition for which aspirin is already indicated.
- Rheumatologic diseases: Aspirin is indicated for relief of the signs and
symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile rheumatoid
spondyloarthropathies, and arthritis and
pleurisy associated with
- Pain relief: Aspirin is indicated for the temporary relief of minor aches and
Q. What does this mean for doctors and medical practice?
A. Doctors and health care professionals will be provided with full
prescribing information about the use of aspirin in both men and women who have
had a heart attack, stroke, certain other cardiovascular conditions and
rheumatologic diseases. For stroke and cardiovascular conditions, lower doses
are recommended than those previously prescribed by physicians in practice.
Information on the use of aspirin for rheumatologic diseases has also been
expanded to include specific dosing information as well as information about
side effects and toxicity. Thus, doctors will have full prescribing information
on aspirin and the assurance that aspirin is a safe and effective treatment for
heart attacks, strokes, certain other vascular conditions and rheumatologic