Who can and can't take aspirin

Most people can take aspirin safely. But you should get advice from a pharmacist or doctor before taking it if you:

  • have had an allergic reaction to aspirin or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) , such as ibuprofen , in the past
  • have asthma
  • have had stomachulcers in the past
  • have severe liver or kidney problems
  • have haemophilia or another bleeding disorder
  • haveuncontrolled high blood pressure
  • are looking for medication for a child under 16 medication containing aspirin shouldn't be given to children under 16
  • are over 65 years of age
  • are pregnant, breastfeeding or trying to get pregnant
  • are taking other medications see Interactions with other medicines , below

You may still be able to take aspirin in these cases, but you should only do so if advised that it's safe by a healthcare professional.

If you can't take aspirin, a differentmedicine,such as paracetamol (for pain) or clopidogrel (to prevent blood clots), may be recommended instead.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018