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Old 12-06-2011, 12:37 AM
 
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I have a pacemaker. I take low dose aspirin. Is there any reason that I should not take aspirin beyond the low dose when I have a pain need?
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Old 12-06-2011, 12:55 AM
 
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My first instinct is to say no, but I'm no doctor. I would check the info that comes with the medication; and if it's not urgent, it's probably best and worth it to ask a doctor. Have you checked this website? [url=http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov]NIH Heart, Lung and Blood Institute[/url] It might have helful info.
If you can't find the info nor contact your doc, I'd say stay on the safe side and take some other painkiller instead (ibuprofen?), not sure though.
Good luck!
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Old 12-06-2011, 11:09 PM
 
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Your cardiologist will provide you with a list of pain-killers that are safe for you to use. For specific cardiac conditions, each of the various pain killers will affect you in different ways.

Ibuprofin, as I recall, is a definite no-no for congestive heart failure patients, as are cold remedies that contain anti-histamines..
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Old 12-09-2011, 09:37 AM
 
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Your cardiologist will provide you with a list of pain-killers that are safe for you to use. For specific cardiac conditions, each of the various pain killers will affect you in different ways.

Ibuprofin, as I recall, is a definite no-no for congestive heart failure patients, as are cold remedies that contain anti-histamines..
I wouldn't take additional aspirin for pain. It's very rarely actually prescribed for pain these days anyway.
Take acetaminophen for headaches /mild pain.
An occasional dose of Ibuprofen would be fine, but of you have chronic pain and require regular meds then I would see your primary care doctor. Other than NSAIDS (eg Brufen) and Acetominophen there aren't any non-prescription pain meds available anyway.
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