A bad week for Aspirin?

Two reports this week have suggested that Aspirin may not be such a wonder drug after all.

One report published in the Jan 2012 issue of Ophthalmology indicated that regular Aspirin use may double the risk of Age Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD), and that  there is an indication that the more frequent the use, the more severe the ARMD. More investigation needs to be done on this, but for the moment, there is a suggestion that Aspirin use should be reconsidered in people who already have ARMD.

Another study published in Jan 2010, in The Archives of Internal Medicine suggests that Aspirin is not so effective in preventing CardioVascular events as perhaps initially thought, likewise it may not have the preventative cancer protection suspected, but definitely increased the risks of “non trivial bleeding”.

It may be worth asking your General Practitioner if this is of concern…

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