Q: Please Doc, is it good to taking Vasoprin every day is it good or does it have any side effects?
A: Fantastic question. Vasoprin is a brand of Aspirin. It is a good idea for some people but not for others.
This drug belongs to the group of drugs called Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs. They have a couple of functions: pain relief, fever relief and reduction of inflammation (this is what happens when you have an injury and notice swelling, pain, redness etc). They also have an additional function. Usually, when you have an injury, there is bleeding. The body produces platelets which form a plug on the vessel preventing further bleeding. Aspirin affects the ability of these ‘clotting’ cells to clump together, preventing the formation of clots. In people who have fatty deposits in their vessels, blood flow usually slows making it possible for a blood clot to form within a vessel eg the vessels of the heart. This leads to a heart attack.
So, for people who are likely to have a blood clot, the use of aspirin is a great idea as it prevents these clots from forming preventing possible strokes or heart attacks. Who are the people at risk of having these clots? They include: people who had had a heart attack or stroke, people who are at risk of having a heart attack or stroke, people who have diabetes and one other risk factor like smoking or high blood pressure etc
However, the use of aspirin is also associated with stomach ulcers and so people with bleeding stomach ulcers, people with bleeding disorders and people with aspirin allergy should certainly disclose this to their doctor before commencing on this.
It is important once you start on this, to use regularly under your doctor’s guidance. Stopping aspirin therapy suddenly can lead to a situation in which there is a rebound effect with the possibility of a blood clot forming.
Be sure to also let your doctor know if there are other drugs you are taking as some drugs do not interact well with aspirin.
I hope this helps.
Have a goodnight, people 😀