Mixing Medicine

Summer 2002 CSANews Issue 43  |  Posted date : Apr 06, 2007.Back to list

The ingestion of ibuprofen, the pharmaceutical found in common painkillers such as AdvilTM and MotrinTM, appears to counter the health benefits of taking aspirin.

It was also noted that acetaminophen, a pharmaceutical found in TylenolTM, had no impact on aspirin's ability to keep blood platelets from clumping (the primary benefit of aspirin that is believed to prevent heart attacks).

If you are taking ibuprofen regularly as a pain killer or anti-inflammatory, the effectiveness of taking aspirin as a pro-active preventative heart medication may be hindered.

The New England Journal of Medicine reported on the study fairly recently, so if you are combining these two over the counter medications, we suggest you discuss possible alternatives with your physician.

Editor's Note: Also of interest is a different study on a small group of patients that found that if you take aspirin at night, rather than in the morning or during the day, it was more effective as a preventative medication.