9. If You Take Medications That Interact with Aspirin
It is not uncommon for medications to interact with one another in ways that are harmful to the patient. Before taking aspirin, make sure that you are not taking any prescription or over-the-counter medications that will have interactions with this drug. Do not take aspirin along with any other NSAIDs such as ibuprofen, naproxen, or meloxicam. Aspirin should not be taken with any prescription blood thinners such as coumadin or warfarin, as this will increase the thinning of the blood. Aspirin may decrease the effectiveness of the blood pressure medication lisinopril, leading to decreased blood pressure control.
8. If You Will Be Drinking Alcohol
Alcohol and medications don’t mix well, and aspirin is no exception to this rule. Alcohol and aspirin both have negative effects on the lining of your stomach, and together this effect can be additive. Avoid taking aspirin when you will be drinking in order to prevent stomach upset, heartburn, or aggravation to stomach ulcers. The Food and Drug Administration warns that chronic, heavy alcohol use carries a risk of bleeding disorders for patients who take aspirin. Chronic, heavy alcohol use refers to consuming three or more alcoholic beverages each day.
7. If You Suffer from Asthma
Not everyone who suffers from asthma needs to avoid aspirin, but some asthma patients may have a sensitivity to aspirin. The Partner’s Asthma Center reports that about 3-5% of asthma patients may find that aspirin causes their asthma to worsen or triggers an asthma attack. This may be due to the effects of aspirin on leukotrienes in the body. Leukotrienes are inflammatory agents that cause muscles in the bronchial tubes to contract, causing wheezing and breathing difficulties.