New Medical Study Links Aspirin to Vision Loss
Tue, 22 Jan 2013|
ABC's Dr. Richard Besser has the details on aspirin and macular degeneration.
Excedrin Plant Problems Spur Black Market
second half of the year. Excedrin is not the first over-the-counter While you're waiting for excedrin to come back, experts say it has the same amount of aspirin , acetaminophen and caffeine, as excedrin , it should work just as wellFor the last six months, the popular pain reliever, excedrin , has been missing from stores, because of trouble in their production factory. It's created a bit of a black market for the drug. And jim avila joins us with details. Good morning, jim. Reporter: Good morning, george. Excedrin , temporarily taken off the market for quality issues, is now selling for ridiculous prices on the black market. It's one of the hottest and most unlikely commodities on the internet. Excedrin . The popular headache drug, going FOR HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS ON eBAY. Targeting consumers desperate for relief. Six years ago, I made the switch to excedrin migraine. And it really, really worked. Reporter: Erin has been suffering from migraines for 16 years. And said for her, generic is just not the same. In a particular situation, i didn't feel that the generic affected me as positively as the name brand. Reporter: Erin was forced to switch after the company that manufactures excedrin , voluntarily recalled its excedrin products. It suspended operations in january, after learning some bottles might have been contaminated. In a statement to abc news, novartis says it's working hard to get production back up and running. And expects to begin shipment of limited portfolio products in the second half of the year. Excedrin is not the first over-the-counter drug to go temporarily missing. In 2010, certain children's tylenol, motrin, zyrtec, and other benadryl products were recalled after concerns that they did not meet quality standards. While you're waiting for excedrin to come back, experts say, go for the generic. If it has the same amount of aspirin , acetaminophen and caffeine, as excedrin , it should work just as well. Reporter: Buying any medicine over the internet can be risky.
Judge Rules All Women Should Have Access to 'Morning After Pill'
ruled that girls under 17 should be able to buy the so-called morning after pill without a prescription as easy as buying aspirin . A rare move. The judges overruling an age limit set by the obama administration calling it arbitrary and political. Abc'sthe so-called morning after pill without a prescription as easy as buying aspirin . A rare move. The judges overruling an age limit set by the obama administration calling it arbitrary and political. Abc's dr. Richard
Aspirin Risk Greater Than Previously Thought
Healthy living that aspirin alert and the growing trend among a risk of believing. Even from low dose aspirin every day is greater than they thought big deal we've known for years that aspirin can cause bleeding. But here they lookHealthy living that aspirin alert and the growing trend among a lot of people. Of taking a small last for low dose every day to prevent heart attacks and strokes well today the journal of the American Medical Association. Raised a red flag saying the risk of believing. Even from low dose aspirin every day is greater than they thought maybe he's after Richard -- here to explain what this means this was a big -- rich this is this is big deal we've known for years that aspirin can cause bleeding. But here they look at hundreds of thousands of people who were on low dose aspirin . Because they risk factors for heart disease like high blood pressure high cholesterol. And they found that the risk of bleeding was five times as great as we originally thought. Now now here's why that matters city took 101000 people with risk factors for heart disease and you put them on low dose aspirin . You would prevent about seven heart attacks not a lot. But at the same time you would see five people with seriousnot a great tradeoff. And tell me how -- leaving works so aspirin does -- -- he can directly irritate your stomach can cause bleeding and then it prevents that bleeding from -- You take a look at this this is the normal situation if you have a little -- in a blood vessel. The platelets come together with proteins in your -- in form and nice strong clock. OK but if you put aspirin on board this situation is very different. Those platelets don't come together well that clock is going to be weak and leaky -- blood can leak into your brain -- in your intestine and that can be deadly. So this new study got to change the recommendation of doctor well I think it will you -- if you've had a heart attack. Continue taking their baby aspirin it's not gonna change that but everyone else I want to send you back to your doctor too good to talk about
Melanoma Skin Cancer Risk in Women Could Be Reduced by Aspirin Use
Scientists say regular doses of aspirin may lower the risk of the deadliest type of skin cancer besser breaks it down for us. Reporter: Cheap, common aspirin . Do any of you take aspirin to prevent heart disease in. Yes. What would you sayScientists say regular doses of aspirin may lower the risk of the deadliest type of skin cancer, melanoma in some women. Abc's chief medical editor dr. Richard besser breaks it down for us. Reporter: Cheap, common aspirin . Do any of you take aspirin to prevent heart disease in. Yes. What would you say if I told you it might help prevent skin cancer too? Oh, that's better, right? Reporter: Yeah! Reporter: A new study, one of the largest of its kind, looked at 60,000 older caucasian women. They're the most likely to get melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Those who took aspirin aast twice a week had a 20% lower risk of developing melanoma. Women who took an aspirin for five years or more? The risk was down 30%. Researchers believe aspirin may kill cancer cells, and even new -- stop new ones from forming. Other studies have shown aspirin reducing the risk of stomach cancer, colorectal cancer, and this study suggests that maybe it will work for melanoma, too. Reporter:20% of us, and nearly half of all seniors, take aspirin regularly for heart disease and aches and pains. But it's not without risks. You don't need a prescription to buy asrin, but that doesn't mean it's not a real drug. effects -- stomach ulcers and bleeding -- so don't take aspirin unless your doctor recommends it. But if this research pans out, help against cancer may end up costing just a few bucks
Aspirin Helps Reduce Cancer-Death Risk, Study
Now two important news for your health aspirin most comment on the world. May cut the lancet and the headline here. Taking one aspirin a day for five years cut the overall risk 15%. So. Should we all start taking aspirin doctor Karen Latimer position frequentNow two important news for your health aspirin -- most comment on the world. May cut the risk of dying from many types of cancer this according to new studies in the British Medical Journal the lancet and the headline here. Taking one aspirin a day for five years cut the overall risk of dying from cancer by 15%. So. Should we all start taking aspirin doctor Karen Latimer -- position frequent contributor to ABC's healthy living joins us now. And -- insist on the people who took aspirin and aspirin every -- less likely. To get cancer to have the cancer spread to die from cancer so should we all start taking aspirin well. Wait a minute. And the -- is huge just don't completely impressive because it gives us a huge body of evidence the first only really had to say that there is. Possibly a very positive link between aspirin and cancer but I do think it has to -- and people have to. Consider a lot of things before they just start popping aspirin every -- looking at specific types of cancer breast cancer obviously in the foreground so important -- millions of women can it help there. You know it's interesting because at first -- when you look at the studies it's looking more gastrointestinal cancers but if -- look a little closer there is some hope for breast cancer. And I think it's very interesting we're -- -- see some things pan out it'll be more research but. It definitely some hope that it does sound easy you take an aspirin a day three to five years and again your rates of contracting cancer die of cancer from -- reduced but there are risks involved in taking him of course nothing is -- in their risks every medication the -- of aspirin most notably. Are bleeding gastrointestinal bleeding and intra -- hemorrhage so there are certain people who should not take aspirin -- you're the expert here obviously Derek says it does is twist to make how do we make it. Make it with your physician. Don't -- to the pharmacy right now start popping -- there is -- certain people who should absolutely taking aspirin day and there are some people who shouldn't and is gray area in between in the Stephanie conversation you wanna have with
Is Aspirin a Miracle Drug?
that breast cancer survivors who take aspirin regularly maybe less likely to have breast they found retrospectively. Is that the aspirin . Anywhere from two to five times per it's because it shows that it daily aspirin doesn't help as much as almost everyencouraging news recently. A study found that breast cancer survivors who take aspirin regularly maybe less likely to have breast cancer occurrences or to die from breast cancer. Joining me now with much more asbreast cancer. And what they found retrospectively. Is that the -- -- aspirin . Anywhere from two to five times per week -- significantly. Reduced risk of breast cancer recurrence over sixty -- reduced risk. And so many what percent risk. Reduce. From death from all causes now interestingly the women the telecast and five times a week had still had a risk reduction but it was a lower reduction -- -- -- or. I want it's because it shows that it daily aspirin doesn't help as much as almost every. On and which are not low does return it 75 to 81 milligrams. Saturday -- these women were taking it because they somehow knew that this might reduce their risk of breast cancer recurrence. In general they were taking -- to reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease. Our heart attack so we have many studies that show. That daily aspirin therapy can significantly reduce your -- at risk of death from cardiovascular disease -- about 25%. And -- risk of overall mortality.Tynan -- -- -- and does not happy anti inflammatory properties that aspirin -- -- historical anti inflammatory drugs do so they did not see the benefit. From -- and so what is it in aspirin and that affects the tumors and that's the million dollar question right there I wish I knew I -- -- of upright and out at. But what we believe it is is that it has anti inflammatory properties we do have other studies it's shown similar benefit. Aspirin to reduce the risk of colon rectal cancer. Now of course we have to do prospective clinical trials before we start recommending this to everyone. I think it's a good question for women who -- breast cancer survivors to now ask their doctors. Women who are currently on chemotherapy or radiation however should not be asked so who should take aspirin and so who should -- easy answer and you and his doctor has told them -- On anyone who wants this benefit who does not have. A Contra indication Contra indication means no way no how over my dead body and that's if you bleeding disorders appear of their it to aspirin . If you certain liver and kidney nasal polyps other problems. Or if your child fourteen years under with a fever and -- get pricing but the people who should -- the US preventive services task force says. That man 45. To 79%. After breast -- that's for cardiovascular benefit. And women 55 to 79. Should consider the -- and use of a low dose aspirin daily for cardiovascular risk reduction. If their benefits potentially -- any outweigh any risks from the aspirin . Which is primarily gastrointestinal. Payments on its plan to cut their doctorate. And -- -- -- -- -- they don't talk about
Aspirin Lowers Death Risk in Several Cancer Types
study out about the benefits of taking aspirin for cancer patients taking just one low studies that were done to look at whether aspirin prevents heart disease. And they say half the people had been assigned to take aspirin and half not. They found that those peopleMajor new study out about the benefits of taking aspirin for cancer patients taking just one low dose pill a day may reduce. The risk of deaths from cancer by up to 20% and -- investors back -- They're exciting them. This is that this is a very exciting study did it just came out. What they did was they combine data from eight studies that were done to look at whether aspirin prevents heart disease. And they say -- -- is -- something we can look at here in terms of of cancer prevention and when they combined studies is the -- from these studies half the people had been assigned to take aspirin and half not. They found that those people who took aspirin . Had a 20% reduction in in risk of dying from cancer in this covered a wide range of cancers gastrointestinal cancers esophagus -- What they account for every 46 people who took aspirin . One life was saved. That's pretty incredible find. Pretty neat pretty outstanding -- it truly is so how long rich were they taking aspirin and how much. Well a baby aspirin a day was enough but you had to take it every day for at least five years they saw no factor in this first five years because cancers were probably already forming. But after five years there was a marked difference in cancer death you and others have often talked about there -- -- side effects that taking. Too much -- for yes and you wanna make sure you're in a group that that should be taking this because aspirin can cause bleeding can cause stroke. I -- it is not without -- so you have to talk your doctor about whether the benefits for you -- outweigh the risks what exactly is -- about aspirin . Well there are few theories out there won the is that aspirin may kill -- some of the early cancer cells that that are that are forming. It may interfere with an enzyme --
Aspirin and Breast Cancer
provocative new study in medicine about aspirin and breast cancer in women. The study diagnosed with breast cancer taking regular aspirin . a lot less likely to face return of doctor Richard is here with us now rich aspirin . Taken how often went to the study showBack here at home a provocative new study in medicine about aspirin and breast cancer in women. The study shows female nurses diagnosed with breast cancer -- taking regular aspirin . -- a lot less likely to face -- return of the disease -- doctor Richard -- is here with us now rich aspirin . Taken how often went to the study show. It it's a pretty exciting findings this study has followed of more than 4000 nurses who -- breast cancer since 1976. And let me show you what they do they found the numbers were were were pretty impressive. Women who were taking aspirin just once a week there was no no benefit but if you are taking aspirin two to five times a week. There was a 71% reduction in dying from a return to cancer and if you're taking it six to seven times a week there was a 63%. Reduction that's a pretty dramatic results for something as as simple as aspirin what are we think the -- doing. Immunology is have been looking at how our immune system fights infection but also how cancers use our immune system to spread. In order for cancer to take off He needs a blood supply. Any will use the inflammation as a way of getting blood -- there aspirin . Dampens the inflammation and may be cutting off the blood supply to these tumors and in that way preventing cancer. You knowstart taking these medications if you're on chemotherapy. Definitely don't start taking aspirin because that can be very dangerous but it is it does give hope in the prevention of of recurrence. And do check with your doctor because aspirin can have side -- that's right thanks to Richard and you can find more information about this and other breast cancer studies
Can I Take Aspirin Despite Previous Ulcer?
People would take a daily aspirin to prevent heart attack or stroke are you've already had an you can still take aspirin you just have to discuss that risk outweigh the small risk of bleeding with aspirin . And if you fiery treaty and you shouldPeople would take a daily aspirin to prevent heart attack or stroke are at increased risk of ulcers or bleeding from the -- current testing. If you've already had an -- you can still take aspirin you just have to discuss that risk and benefits with your doctor. -- -- it's you know that you're at high risk of stroke or heart attack that me actually outweigh the small risk of bleeding with aspirin . And if you fiery treaty -- -- and you should be able to take a daily coated aspirin without any problem.
Benefits of Daily Aspirin For Women
Research has shown that aspirin may prevent the recurrence of a heart summarize the findings for us in terms of aspirin . It suggested that there wasn't observe women who have chosen to take aspirin . Compared to the other trials whichResearch has shown that aspirin may prevent the recurrence of a heart attack or stroke for those at risk. But numerous -- now suggests the pain relieverwomen's health. Can you summarize the findings for us in terms of aspirin . It suggested that there wasn't all cause mortality and especially as a related to cardiovascular disease. But it was more prevalent in the older age population -- I don't know that the studies that much more different from the rest. Is a difference in terms of how the study was done this is called an observational trial -- observe women who have chosen to take aspirin . Compared to the other trials which have been more conflicting which were randomized in which the women there may not have known that they were taking aspirin and didn't actually choose to take aspirin . So they still state that the older women do benefit the most. And I don't think that the -- guidelines have changed because the new guidelines that have come out by the American Heart Association American College of Cardiology still say. That it should be an older women. When they have a risk or not and in any women who are at risk should be the ones who should be taking aspirin . Especially at the lower doses and probably -- of the -- in order to protect your stomach -- have less chance ofthese things sound so similar it's not actually just the opposite. That aspirin was not beneficial for women and that was that randomized controlled study that you were talking about. Those findings considered better more significant in terms of advice for women in terms -- taking aspirin . -- again they don't for them watch the differences that didn't in the older age group and women at risk still had
Prevent Asthma With Aspirin
Aspirin has long been a reliable pain reliever. But new research suggests that aspirin may have another untapped power that low doses of aspirin could lower the risk of adult In the study doctors randomly assigned male physicians to take eitherAspirin has long been a reliable pain reliever. But new research suggests that aspirin may have another untapped power that low doses of aspirin could lower the risk of adult -- In the study doctors randomly assigned male physicians to take either a standard aspirin . Or a placebo every other day researchers stopped that study after five years when the results showed the men taking aspirin and a 44%. Reduction. In the risk of heart attack. But now a new analysis finds that those taking aspirin also had a 22%. Reduced risk for developing as. A previous study on women suggested the same -- women who said they took aspirin frequently were less likely to develop -- Doctors aren't sure exactly how aspirin works to reduce and -- but they speculate that aspirin therapy may help decrease inflammation in the Airways. Aspirin has many beneficial -- some -- just learning about. But it also carries the risk of internal bleeding so be sure to talk to your doctor before starting daily aspirin therapy with this medical minute. I'm doctor Timothy Johnson.
AIG Bonus Blunder, Aspirin Benefits
and stroke. Should take a daily dose of aspirin beginning at age forty. Women should at risk. Should start taking you daily aspirin Mann of 45 women at 55 now that means earlier below those ages the risks of taking aspirin . Outweigh the possible benefits simplyrisk for heart attacks and stroke. Should take a daily dose of aspirin beginning at age forty. Women should do it at age 55. Our medical editor doctor Tim Johnson has says the advice applies to virtually every adult and He is joining us now September exactly what does the studies. Well this review of studies by the preventative services task force says that basically as you point out. Men who are at risk for cardiovascular disease that basically means heart attacks and strokes. And women who are at risk. Should start taking you daily aspirin Mann of 45 women at 55 now that means. That earlier below those ages the risks of taking aspirin . Outweigh the possible benefits simply because men and women in their younger years are not at high risk for these conditions they also buys. Stopping a daily aspirin by age eighty at which point again. The risks of gastrointestinal bleeding bleeding in the stomach. Outweigh the possible benefits but this means. Broke from a practical viewpoint that almost all men and women in middle age and later years. Should consider taking a daily aspirin it's a big recommendations daily aspirin of what dosage. Well if they don't come down on that specific dosage they recommend -- but I will simply say that most experts are now convinced. That a daily baby aspirin 81 milligrams today. Provides as much protection as a higher -- the 325 adult girls. And it is safer taking that lord knows the baby aspirin so that's what I would recommend -- maybe after you and I've been talking about this for years. We know that aspirin can have beneficial effects that people at risk for stroke and heart attack. Are people actually doing it. They are not and that's what's so stunning about some of the data we've learn there's one study for example would suggest that only 16%. The men and women who should be taking a daily aspirin are doing so so I regard this as a teaching moment. There are so many men and women who should take it it cheap. It's relatively safe it's very effective this is something we're missing the -- on in this country all right but a daily baby aspirin for those at risk heart attack stroke men over 45 my recommendation yet all right Tim thanks very much.
Is Baby Aspirin Okay For A 75-Year-Old?
actions by the way. We often don't recommend aspirin for children anymore or because of concerns baby what what really refers to is a dose of aspirin . And in general this is a a dose of aspirin it's 81 milligrams. Now this is dose it'sthese -- called baby actions by the way. We often don't recommend aspirin for children anymore or -- because of concerns of other problems so it's it's only -- legacy something we used to -- to -- -- -- baby -- what what really refers to is a dose of aspirin . And in general this is a a dose of aspirin it's 81 milligrams. Now this is -- dose it's perfect for heart disease and the point is that as you get higher and the dose of aspirin . You increase the risk of stomach problems and it doesn't seem like you increase the benefit from the perspective of the heart. So many of us and I think official guidelines are like this really point people towards baby aspirin and we use the word baby because -- point people towards this. Lower end of those. But in May be better for you to think about it dose of like 81 milligrams and I know acuity that 81 when -- -- for aspirin but. We're looking at a range between seventy and -- hundred or. Just a little bit more but in general 60% of Americans buy that dose at 81 milligrams of would have more by the hired as probably think because they're thinking. They get more benefit. Right now no evidence of that so. You're told to pick up aspirin go to the shelf look for that baby aspirin at 81 milligrams of aspirin that's one probably that's for you.
Why Do EMTs Give Heart Patients Aspirin ?
So the interesting thing about aspirin is it's an excellent medication for But in emergency said. The have an aspirin can also reduce your risk of dying from places have gone having paramedics provide aspirin they do that for two reasons. They getSo the interesting thing about aspirin is it's an excellent medication for -- risk. For people who are quite stable and -- -- somewhat of an increased riskan emergency. But in -- emergency said. The -- -- have an aspirin can also reduce your risk of dying from heart attack by about twenty to 30%. It's one of our most powerful and most important medications for the treatment of a heart attack. Now unlike some therapies. There's no strong evidence that you need to take -- within seconds of the heart attacks -- said. We seem to believe that it's important within hours of the onset certainly within 24 hours of the onset of a heart attack. And it's probably true that the earlier the better some places have gone having paramedics provide aspirin they do that for two reasons. They get it so can be provided early they also do so it's not forgotten it's not overlook to ensure that the patient gets it. And that -- and end up getting an extra aspirin emergency department that's okay that hurt but they do to make sure it's not not forgotten but. In general the paramedics some places that give it some places they want important thing is that someone is having a heart attack does get an aspirin . They certainly get -- within hours of the time the heart attack occurring. And if you yourself want to take an aspirin from the moment that you believe that having heart attack. Not a bad idea but it is one of the most important
Recommended Aspirin Dose For Prevention?
Aspirin is a pretty remarkable drugs first discovered stomach and some that aren't summits Edward baby aspirin on what supposed to do. Well the studies I think. That the low dose of aspirin seems as effective as higher doses. In preventingAspirin is a pretty remarkable drugs first discovered in the bark of the willow tree -- sort of an acidic substance. -- -- found to alleviate fevers and in subsequent years founded even prevent heart disease and so it's a very commonly. Prescribed medication for people especially those at risk of heart disease and a common question by people kind of -- today is because when I look at the -- I see -- bunch of different doses. I see some that are -- -- -- that are supposed to protect my stomach and some that aren't summits Edward baby aspirin on what -- supposed to do. Well the studies I think. That the low dose of aspirin seems as effective as higher doses. In preventing heart disease and that's -- the -- -- recommended that American Heart Association recommends that those between 7060. I tell patients to use 81 milligrams -- and I do that because that's one of the most common doses you'll see in the store. It's a one that sometimes called -- baby aspirin sometimes not because. We're babies sometimes puts people off but 81 milligrams a day. In -- coated the one its policy protective of the stomach. I'll tell you not a lot of evidence that it does that. If you like get there seems to be little harm in taking it sometimes it's a little more expensive. But as of right now there's not a lot of evidence that would provide the benefits of the most basic thing if -- recommended aspirin . At 81 milligram or or dose in that range that the right way to go and when He isn't fair or not
Aspirin For Heart Disease Prevention?
Well. We. Reserve aspirin use for individuals that we view with second indication would be the use of aspirin people who we would Risk that is some people and then to define the use of aspirin and other. Individuals would be basedWell. We. Reserve aspirin use for individuals that we view with high risk. How we define high risk is number one having the presence of hardening of the arteries either by having a heart attack. Or being told by. Testing that you have heart disease. Will be one indication second indication would be the use of aspirin people who we would -- -- Risk that is some -- as high as having disease itself. So an example of a person who we would view is having a heart disease equivalent. Is a diabetic patient. The costs -- diabetic is that high risk for heart disease aspirants should be. Also used in these people and then to define the use of aspirin and other. Individuals would be based upon their risk for actors. As well as -- so somebody over the age of fifty if -- a male over the age of fifty and you have at least one risk factor. Or if you're a woman over the age of sixty and have at least one risk factor. An aspirin may be an important therapy to reduce your risk of heart attack especially -- men and stroke especially when.
Aspirin Helps the Prostate?
just little anti inflammatory drugs noticed and like aspirin or Ibuprofen. Might prevent a lame standing hyperinflation were taking. And did not matter whether the men took aspirin or non aspirin and Researchers don't recommend that every man gothat not just -- little anti inflammatory drugs noticed and -- like aspirin or Ibuprofen. Might prevent a lame -- -- standing hyperinflation. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- can cause unpleasant urinarythe men were taking. And did not matter whether the men took aspirin or non aspirin and -- Researchers don't recommend that every man go Latin taken daily aspirin because -- -- do you have side effects. But for men who already take the drug regularly this finding suggests another benefit.
Aspirin Okay Even Though I Had An Ulcer?
not mean that you cannot take If your does get upset with aspirin you can try and in Terry coated aspirin which or more in the bowels and lol let's talk. Or you an old does not necessarily mean that you can safely use aspirin .that you cannot take -- If your -- does get upset with aspirin you can try and in Terry coated aspirin which -- or more in the bowels and lol let's talk. Or you could -- different bills that you could work out with your doctor. But an old -- does not necessarily mean that you can safely use aspirin .
Aspirin And Heart Prevention In Women?
It turns out that aspirin does protect women against stroke and heart attacks it's just that attacks or strokes they always protected. By taking that low dose aspirin everyday so they need to take that not be confused by some of theseIt turns out that aspirin does protect women against stroke and heart attacks it's just that from the data that we have right now it suggests thatattacks or strokes they -- always protected. By taking that low dose aspirin everyday so they need to take that -- not be confused by some of these mixed messages.