This medication is a low dose of aspirin used to reduce the risk of having a heart attack in people who have heart disease. It is also used to reduce the risk of stroke in people who have previously had a stroke or "mini-stroke" (transient ischemic attack). Aspirin is known as a salicylate and a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). This medication works by stopping platelets from clumping together and forming blood clots that can cause a heart attack or stroke.This medication is a long-acting form of aspirin and does not work right away. Other forms of aspirin (immediate-release) should be used when a fast effect is needed, such as right after a heart attack or for pain relief.

How to use

Take this medication by mouth as directed by your doctor, usually once a day. Swallow the capsule whole. Do not cut, crush, or chew the capsules. Doing so can release all of the drug at once, increasing the risk of side effects. If stomach upset occurs while taking this medication, take it with food or milk.

Take this medication by mouth with a full glass of water (8 ounces/240 milliliters) unless your doctor directs you otherwise. Do not lie down for at least 10 minutes after taking this medication.

Do not take this medication 2 hours before or 1 hour after drinking alcoholic beverages.

NSAIDs (such as ibuprofen, naproxen) may decrease aspirin's ability to prevent heart attack/stroke. If you use a NSAID, take it at least 8 hours before or at least 2 to 4 hours after this medication (see also Drug Interactions section).

Take this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time each day.

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