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Emergency Aspirin

“Emergency” Aspirin
“The FDA has approved aspirin for a wide variety of uses under a doctor's care, including:

Heart Attack
Aspirin can reduce the risk of death if taken as directed by a doctor as soon as a heart attack is suspected. The FDA says that as little as one-half (160 - 162.5 mg) of a regular-strength aspirin tablet reduces the risk of death by up to 23 percent if administered when a heart attack is suspected and continued for 30 days thereafter. Aspirin taken during a suspected heart attack can lessen the damaging effects of the heart attack.”


The FDA however warns that you should call 9-1-1 before searching for Aspirin.

  1. Warning! Do not take aspirin if you are allergic to it or if you are on anticoagulants ("blood thinners”) unless so advised by your doctor! Ask your doctor in advance.

  2. Warning! Keep aspirin away from children. No container is absolutely childproof!

  3. Harvard Medical School in October of 2009 described precisely an exemplary case: The wife calls 911 because husband has been having heart attack symptoms. She then brings “some aspirin” and some water. Harvard advised: “A single, full sized 325 mg tablet--as quickly as possible”. They warned that it should NOT be an enteric coated tablet and that it should be chewed to speed absorption, thus acting within as little as 5 minutes! They further advised that it should be taken even if the victim is on maintenance aspirin. It needs an “extra 325 mgm of aspirin”. They indicated this protocol represents “Modern Cardiology at its best.” -

  4. Chewable 81 mg aspirin (not enteric coated) has also been approved by the FDA for heart attack. That would be 2 tablets (162 mg total) to follow FDA approval, or 4 tablets (324 mg total) to reach Harvard’s (and most other medical schools’) recommendation.

  5. WHY “CHEWABLE ASPIRIN” INSTEAD OF A SINGLE PILL? No single tablet is made that matches the heart attack dosage (162 mg) presently approved by the FDA. Two chewable tablets (81 mg) match. One half an adult 325 mg matches, but that means that the tablet must first be bitten in half (some adults can’t do that) or cut in half. It should be chewed before swallowing

  6. HeartPack encourages you to purchase your own 81 mg chewable aspirin. Why? Doing so ensures you that you have purchased fresh, clean aspirin. Also two chewable aspirin equals the FDA's approved dose (165 mgm=1/2 an adult aspirin). The chewable tablets remind people to chew before swallowing. 1/2 or 1 325 mgm adult tablet is also OK to use if chewed before swallowing. You should record expiration date on the stickers provided and purchase new aspirin when that date arrives. Both St. Joseph and Bayer make 81 mg chewable aspirin tables in bottles of 36. Read the danger warnings but be aware that most of the warnings pertain to higher dosages and prolonged usage. There is general agreement that usage for a heart attack far outweighs the dangers listed, particularly those that might result from a single very low dose. The plastic HeartPack heart envelopes hold 4 tablets across the bottom edge (Bayer’s, being smaller, fit more easily. HeartPack has no relationship with either company.) Recently a professor of Cardiology at a prominent State Medical School gave HeartPack containers to all the adult attendees at a large family reunion to hold Emergency Aspirin for Heart attack use.

  7. Many authoritative Medical Schools and Hospitals advise use of a single adult 325 mg aspirin for heart attack. (It must NOT be “enteric coated” which means slowly absorbed even if chewed.) If you choose a single adult 325 mg tablet it must be chewed before swallowing. If you purchase a Bayer product they can verify it is appropriate for heart attack at 800-331-4536

Appropriate Aspirin Examples. The adult product shown is N 0280-2000 50.
“Coated” means only protective coating, not enteric coated so it is appropriate to use.

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