ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS Atlanta) – The Food and Drug Administration has a new warning about aspirin usage.
The FDA is now advising that taking aspirin daily is not safe for everyone.
The deputy director for clinical science at the FDA, Robert Temple, M.D., explained that daily aspirin therapy should only happen after a person has consulted with their doctor who can weigh the risks and benefits of such usage.
“Since the 1990s, clinical data have shown that in people who have experienced a heart attack, stroke or who have a disease of the blood vessels in the heart, a daily low dose of aspirin can help prevent a reoccurrence,” Temple said in a press release. (A dose ranges from the 80 milligrams (mg) in a low-dose tablet to the 325 mg in a regular strength tablet.) This use is known as “secondary prevention.”
Now, the FDA has concluded that scientific data they examined does not support the use of aspirin as a preventive medication by people who have not had a heart attack, stroke, or cardiovascular problems.
Risks such as dangerous bleeding into the brain or stomach,are still present while the benefits of daily usage have not been properly established.
Temple noted that there are quite a few clinical studies that are ongoing which will continue to investigate the use of aspirin and that the FDA is monitoring those studies.