Low-dose aspirin to prevent stroke and heart problems
Active ingredient: aspirin
Brand names include: Astrix, Cartia, Cardiprin
Combination medicines containing low-dose aspirin include: aspirin with dipyridamole (Asasantin SR) and aspirin with clopidogrel (CoPlavix, DuoCover)
Low-dose aspirin is used to prevent blood clot-related conditions such as some kinds of strokes and heart attacks. It is a type of anti-clotting medicine called an antiplatelet medicine.
Taken daily, low-dose aspirin prevents blood clots that could otherwise block a blood vessel and lead to a stroke or heart attack. These conditions can be life-threatening if action is not taken to prevent them. Aspirin is one of several treatments used to prevent such conditions.
Aspirin is not suitable for some people or in some conditions. If you are taking or low-dose aspirin or it has been recommended for you, find out about:
If you are unsure about why you have been prescribed low-dose aspirin or you need more information, speak to your doctor or pharmacist.
Other anti-clotting medicines include anticoagulants such as warfarin, as well as other antiplatelet medicines. Which medicine is right for you depends on the condition being treated and your individual situation.
Note about medicines names
Most medicines have two names: the active ingredient and the brand name. The active ingredient is the chemical in the medicine that makes it work. The brand name is the name given to the medicine by its manufacturer. There may be several brands that contain the same active ingredient. This website uses active ingredient names (e.g. amoxycillin), with brand names in brackets and with a capital letter (e.g. Amoxil). We also discuss medicines in groups or ‘classes’ when their effects or actions are very similar.