Saturday, September 9, 2006

FDA Warning on Taking Aspirin and Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) Together

From the FDA:
FDA notified consumers and healthcare professionals that taking Ibuprofen for pain relief and aspirin at the same time may interfere with the benefits of aspirin taken for the heart. Ibuprofen can interfere with the anti-platelet effect of low dose aspirin (81 mg per day), that may render aspirin less effective when used for cardioprotection and stroke prevention. Although it is all right to use Ibuprofen and aspirin together, FDA recommends that consumers contact their healthcare professional for more information on the timing of when to take these two medicines, so that both medicines can be effective.
Information for health care professionals is here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

To be honest, since Catella-Lawson and FitzGerald first described this interaction in the NEJM in 2001, I have either used diclofenac 75 bid, with the AM dose taken 2 hours post aspirin administration or tylenol for most of my patients OA.

I haven't gotten many complaints from the patients.