Heart Beat: Take aspirin before ibuprofen, not after

Heart Beat

Take aspirin before ibuprofen, not after

Published: November, 2006

If you take aspirin for your heart and ibuprofen for your aches and pains, try to take the aspirin first each day. That's what the FDA is recommending in a warning to consumers and health care professionals.

In 2003 we highlighted research suggesting that ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, others) could block the heart-protecting action of aspirin. Subsequent work supporting this idea prompted the FDA to issue its warning in mid-September 2006.

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