Researchers are revising recommendations for daily aspirin dosing based on recent studies. There is now evidence that reduced doses of daily aspirin may be at least as effective as larger doses in some cases.

Because of the problems with increased incidence of GI bleeds, especially when combined with other anticlotting medications like Plavix, the medical community has long played a balancing act with the risks and benefits of these medications.

The latest recommendations published in the Annals of Internal Medicine’s March 17 issue look at the differences between men and women in treatment guidelines since research has shown that aspirin is more effective at reducing near term risks for heart attack in men but has a better profile for stroke reduction in women.

You can find more information and links to the study article here.

It is important for all health care professionals to educate themselves on the research articles that make their way into mainstream media like this one since patients often make dosing changes based on these articles without consulting their health care providers.  We, as nurses, can make sure that we evaluate the patient’s compliance with prescribed medication dosing and educate our patients to consult with their physician and talk to their nursing care giver before making any medication changes.

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