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Who shouldn't take aspirin?

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  • Children younger than age 18 who are recovering from a viral infection such as the flu or chickenpox should not take aspirin.
  • Pregnant women (unless otherwise directed by your doctor)
  • People about to have surgery
  • Heavy drinkers
  • Those with ulcers or any other bleeding problem
  • Folks who take regular doses of other pain medications, such as Motrin (unless otherwise directed by your doctor)
  • People allergic to aspirin

Talk with your doctor about whether aspirin might be a good idea for you.

SOURCES: 

The Cleveland Clinic Heart Center. 

The American Heart Association. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Reviewed by James Beckerman on April 26, 2018

SOURCES: 

The Cleveland Clinic Heart Center. 

The American Heart Association. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Reviewed by James Beckerman on April 26, 2018

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