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At a recent visit to my doctor, she advised me to take uncoated, rather than coated, aspirin for heart health maintenance. Apparently, the coated varieties of the 81mg tablet I took (such as St Joseph's) does not get enough aspirin into the system to have optimum positive effects on the heart. She says to stick with the 81mg size.

No biggie, just sharing the news.


It's a tradeoff. Uncoated (or still better, soluble) aspirin has a better chance of entering the blood than the coated version which does not release the active ingredient until it enters the intestine, but it may also harm your stomach due to its acidity. If you have any problems with acidity, a coated version may be recommendable, but the size required might be bigger. If in doubt, discuss with your doctor.

Proponents of alternative medicine would probably prefer chewing willow bark instead...
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