Find out if daily aspirin is right for you.
Talk with your doctor.
Your doctor can help you decide if daily aspirin is the right choice for you. Talk with your doctor about:
- Your risk of heart attack or stroke
- What kind of aspirin to take
- How much to take
- How often to take it
Be sure to tell your doctor about all the other medicines you take, including vitamins and medicines you get without a prescription. Aspirin can cause serious side effects and mix dangerously with other medicines.
What about cost?
For some men and women, aspirin use is covered under the Affordable Care Act, the health care reform law passed in 2010. Check with your insurance provider to find out what’s included in your plan.
For information about other services covered by the Affordable Care Act, visit HealthCare.gov.
Know your family’s health history.
Your family’s health history can give your doctor important information about your risk for heart attack or stroke. Use this family health history tool to keep track of your family’s health. Take this information to your next appointment.
Use aspirin safely.
If you and your doctor decide that aspirin is right for you, follow these safety tips:
- Make sure you understand how much aspirin to take and how often to take it.
- Don’t stop taking aspirin without checking with your doctor.
- Check with your doctor before you start taking a new medicine or vitamin. Ask if it will be safe with aspirin.
- If you drink, drink alcohol only in moderation. This means no more than 1 drink a day for women and no more than 2 drinks a day for men. Alcohol can increase some risks of taking daily aspirin.
Get more tips about using medicines safely.
Make it easy to remember.
Here are a few things you can do to make it easier to take aspirin every day:
- Take aspirin at the same time every day. For example, take it when you brush your teeth or eat your breakfast.
- Put a reminder note on your bathroom mirror where you will see it each day.
- Use a pill sorter to separate out your medicines for each day of the week.
Help your heart.
Taking aspirin is just one part of a heart-healthy plan.
Get more tips on keeping your heart healthy and reducing your risk of stroke.