Please Explain: Aspirin

Friday, June 03, 2011

Aspirin is used to treat everyday aches and pains and has even been shown to prevent heart attacks, strokes, and maybe even some cancers. Alan Arslan, MD, Assistant Professor in the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecolgy and Environmental Medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center, and Diarmuid Jeffreys, author of Aspirin: The Remarkable Story of a Wonder Drug, discuss how aspirin works.


Alan Arslan and Diarmuid Jeffreys

Comments [14]

jacques soares from Connecticut

I take 10 mm of warfarin a day, can I still go on a aspirin therapy?

Please answer.

Jun. 06 2011 01:17 PM
Michael Rothstein from Brooklyn NY

One of the guests mentioned that aspirin can help prevent strokes. There are two types of strokes, those caused by thrombosis (blood clots) and those caused by hemorrage (bleeding). Aspirin should never be used if has been determined that the stroke is hemorragic in nature. Always seek medical treatment before begining an aspirin regimen.

Jun. 03 2011 01:55 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Is an "aspirin allergy" a true allergy, or does it have to do w/a higher sensitivity to its anti-clotting effect?

Jun. 03 2011 01:54 PM
Douglas Schall

Can one use aspirin effectively to combat a hangover? Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen cause liver issues when combined with booze. How about aspirin?

Jun. 03 2011 01:54 PM
Amy from Manhattan

1. What's in synthetic fertilizers & pesticides that might interfere w/the presence of salicylates in crops?

2. Maybe Leonard could do a follow-up on prostaglandins & their various functions in the body.

3. What does sodium salicylate do? Could it really (in combination w/blood) grow a chicken heart to monstrous proportions, as in Bill Cosby's routine about an old-time radio horror show? (OK, yes, that last part's a joke.)

Jun. 03 2011 01:53 PM
Bud from New York

Concerning "low dosage" aspirin, what is wrong with taking one regular 325 mg aspirin a day to prevent a heart attack? Second, if so, what would be wrong with using one of the pill spliter devices and cutting a standard 325 mg into a smaller size?

Thank you

Jun. 03 2011 01:49 PM
herb from Yonkers, ny

Have been told an article in OPTHAMOLOGY
says that aspirin use can increase risk of
developing cataracts,, macular degeneration, even blindness.

Can we have a discussion about this.?

Jun. 03 2011 01:48 PM
Amy from Manhattan

1. Is the willow native to the western hemisphere too, & did people indigenous to it also use its bark for pain relief?

2. Another willow derivative is bismuth subsalicylate, better known as Pepto-Bismol! What connection is there between this compound & aspirin & their very different effects?

Jun. 03 2011 01:44 PM
Jane from upper westside manhattan

My daughter won't give her 7 and 10 yr old girls aspirin because she has been told it is harmful to children. Is this true?

Jun. 03 2011 01:44 PM
PL Hayes from Aberystwyth


Jun. 03 2011 01:40 PM
Edward from NJ

I once saw a documentary that said aspirin is incredibly stable as a compound, and that aspirin manufactured 100 years ago would still be efficacious. Can the guests comment on this? If it's true, why do they put expiration dates on aspirin bottles? To sell more?

Jun. 03 2011 01:39 PM
maude from Park SLope

salicytic acid is used in topical acne medications
is that b/c it reduces inflammation in that case as well?
also, is salacytic acid from willow bark safer than that manufactured asprin or topical acne medications?

Jun. 03 2011 01:38 PM
Alyce from Centerport

I read that a child may receive aspirin at 16 years old. At 5' 5" my son is much larger that I am -so, is age a valuable guideline (and if so, why?). How is Reyes Syndrome related to apirin? THANKS.

Jun. 03 2011 01:36 PM
sher from Manhattan

Would you ask your guest how magnesium salicylate (for backache relief) differs in its action from the acetyl salicylate of aspirin?

Jun. 03 2011 01:34 PM

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