Friday, January 21, 2011

An Aspirin a day!

Aspirin, a commonly available headache pill is in news for its ability to curb certain type of cancers but our own specialists are suggesting that improper dosage of aspirin can lead to health disasters.

AN aspirin a day minimizes the risks of certain type of cancers, according to the recent research conducted in Britain. Brit researchers have claimed that aspirin reduces the overall death rates fell by 34 per cent for all cancers and 54 per cent for gastrointestinal cancers and longer the people were given the drug, better was the protection.

The British researchers also claimed that those who took the low dose of aspirin around the age of 45 or 50 for 20 to 30 years benefited the most and it may be because cancer rates rise with age.

Previously aspirin was found to a good solution for heart attack cases. A 75mg dose can prevent heart attacks and strokes even in people who have not been diagnosed with cardiovascular problems.

This research has further boosted the sales of already very popular aspirin on local counters. People are asking it even without any prescription slips.

“It is a very commonly sold drug”, says Rajiv Singh who runs a pharmacy. “People frequently ask it for common fever and aches”.

But the medical experts flout the idea of consuming aspirin without proper medical guidance. They believe that research may have been done in closed environment and is an objective study. This should not be generalized as the frequent consumption of aspirin can lead to major health problems.

“Aspirin dilutes the blood and hence reduces the chances of heart attack”, admits Dr. A.K Singh a Surgeon. “But I will never recommend aspirin to my patients so generally”, he says adding that it may risk their life and prove hazardous, specially in case one gets injured.

Also, the medical experts warn for not consuming an aspirin occasionally. “The frequent use of aspirin may help in cancers but certainly it will give birth to some new problem”, says Dr. Ashish Asthana, a professor in microbiology.

“All the allopathic prescriptions have one or the other side effect and you cannot avoid them in any condition”, he adds.

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