This post is the third in a series taken from the article by Keith Wassung entitled “Aspirin: Helpful or Hazardous”. This series focuses on Aspirin, it’s side effects, bleeding, heart attacks, and non-Aspirin pain killers. This week’s post provides a look at Aspirin and bleeding.

Serotonin diagram

Every aspirin that is taken causes a small amount of bleeding. A microscope will show that the bowel movement of someone who takes one aspirin a day will contain blood. This is because aspirin thins the blood by destroying the platelets in the blood. These platelets are responsible for blood clotting that is an important part of the body’s natural healing process. In fact, patients who are scheduled for any type of surgery are warned not to take aspirin for several days prior to their surgery because the bleeding is almost uncontrollable.

Recent research has also demonstrated that when NSAIDs are combined with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), the most widely used antidepressants in the world; it dramatically increased the risk of bleeding.

Fetus in uterus

UNITED STATES PHARMACOPEIAL CONVENTION

Use of aspirin during the last two weeks of pregnancy may cause bleeding problems in the fetus before or during delivery or in the newborn infant. Also, too much use of aspirin during the last three months of pregnancy may increase the length of pregnancy, prolong labor, cause other problems during delivery, or cause severe bleeding in the mother before, during or after the delivery. 6

IN NORMAL INDIVIDUALS: 1 DOSE OF 2 REGULAR STRENGTH ASPIRIN AFFECTS NORMAL CLOTTING FOR AS LONG AS 7 DAYS.

REFERENCES

  1. Drug Information for the consumer. P.1037