USE OF ASPIRIN AND IBUPROFEN
A recent warning issued by the FDA cautions health care providers regarding a potential interaction between lowdose aspirin and ibuprofen. Ex vivo studies have shown that ibuprofen interferes with the antiplatelet effects of aspirin (81 mg immediate-release). This interaction appears to be most significant when ibuprofen is taken within 30 minutes after taking aspirin. The FDA states in the warning:
- Occasional use of ibuprofen is likely to cause minimal risk
- Spacing of ibuprofen at least 30 minutes after, or more than 8 hours before, aspirin ingestion is suggested
- This problem exists only with immediate-release aspirin.
Dr. Garrett is a clinical pharmacist practitioner at Cornerstone Health Care in High Point, NC.