Halfprin - Adult Quarter Aspirin Low Dose Safety Coated Tablet 81 mg. - 90 Enteric-Coated Tablets
Halprin Adult Low Dose Safety Coated Tablets are a quarter of a regular aspirin. Halfprin low dose aspirin is available in two strengths — 81mg and 162mg. The tablets are enteric coated to help prevent stomach upset. Unlike baby aspirin, Halfprin was specifically developed to provide adult low strength aspirin therapy for heart attack prevention.
Halfprin 162 mg is the first and only aspirin product available in 162mg dosage. At least one comprehensive review of the clinical research suggests 162mg is the ideal dose for heart attack and stroke prevention. This dose appears to provide the broadest protection, with an improved safety profile verses regular aspirin. Additionally, 162mg is the dose that FDA guidelines recommend to use if you suspect you may be having a heart attack.
Halfprin 162 mg was developed as a result of physicians' prescribing habits, as they frequently advised patients to take half a regular aspirin or two baby aspirin tablets. At least one important research paper indicates it is the most appropriate dose for prevention of stroke and MI. And taking Halfprin 162 during a suspected heart attack can increase survival rate by 23%. Additionally, clinical study data shows that the lowest effective dose of aspirin to prevent secondary heart attack or death is 160 mg per day.
Consult Your Doctor Before Beginning an Aspirin Regimen
The right dose for you may vary with your risk factors, such as age and family history. Ask your doctor about the best approach for your health. Be sure to discuss both the benefits and risks of aspirin therapy.
Frequently Asked Questions about Aspirin
What are the different uses for aspirin?
Aspirin has been used for thousands of years for pain management, but recent research has discovered a myriad of other uses including:
- Prevention of stroke in patients with Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) or previous stroke
- Prevention of recurrent heart attacks
- Treatment of suspected emergent heart attack
- Treatment of minor aches and pains of arthritis
- It is currently being studied for its potential in the prevention of certain types of cancer and Alzheimer’s disease (currently not FDA approved)
What aspirin regimen doses are usually prescribed?
Earlier treatments focused on dosages of 325mg of aspirin, or the amount in one regular, adult aspirin. Recent studies have shown that smaller doses such as 81mg and 162mg — one quarter or one half a regular aspirin — are effective in the prevention of heart attack and stroke with potentially less risk.
How do I know what dose is right for me?
Determining what dose is right for you is a decision you should discuss with your doctor. Depending on your health risks, your doctor may recommend anywhere from a baby aspirin strength (81mg) to regular strength aspirin (325mg or more). However, at least one major medical review of research involving the benefits and risks of low dose aspirin indicates that the most appropriate dose for prevention of heart attack and stroke may be 160mg of aspirin. In addition, Halfprin 162 mg is the only low dose aspirin with 162mg aspirin, which is the dosage the FDA recommends for use during a suspected heart attack. And, taking a 162mg aspirin during a suspected heart attack can increase survival rate by 23%.
Should I take aspirin for heart attack and stroke prevention?
This question is best answered by your doctor. Never begin taking any medication without consulting your doctor first. You and your physician will discuss the benefits and asses the risks of beginning a low strength daily aspirin regimen based on your individual circumstances.
Can I take any pain-reliever and get the same results?
No. Non-aspirin pain relievers have not shown the same benefits for heart attacks and strokes as aspirin. Acetaminophen, ibuprofen and others are good for pain and fevers; however, they do not protect you against heart attack and stroke.
Is aspirin safe? What are the risks of aspirin use?
Like all drugs, aspirin use can be associated with side effects. The most common side effects associated with aspirin use relate to stomach discomfort and in rare cases bleeding, which can be serious. The bleeding risk can be increased based on other drugs you might be taking. In addition, some people experience allergic reactions associated with aspirin use. You should discuss your individual situation with your health care professional before initiating or changing your aspirin therapy. Halfprin is safety coated — what is called an enteric coated aspirin — to help reduce stomach irritation.
What are the FDA-approved uses for aspirin?
Aspirin is approved for treating pain and the discomfort associated with headache, arthritis and other conditions. In addition, it is approved for use in heart attack prevention and stroke prevention in individuals with a previous history of such events or those with angina or Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA). Currently aspirin, although recommended in clinical guidances and something your doctor may consider for you, is not approved for use in individuals who have not had a heart attack, stroke, TIA or angina.
Can I take other pain-relievers while I am on a daily aspirin therapy for heart health?
Yes, however, taking other pain-relievers may interfere with aspirin's heart benefits. Consult your doctor for more information regarding the timing of when to take these two medicines so that both can be effective.
Can I drink alcohol while on aspirin therapy?
Alcohol consumed occasionally and in moderation should not affect your health. However, alcohol can irritate the lining of the stomach and increase the risk of bleeding. Consult with your doctor as to whether or not you should use aspirin if you consume more than three alcoholic drinks per day.
Should I take aspirin during a suspected heart attack?
The most important action you can take during a suspected heart attack is to contact emergency services. Call 911 as soon as you notice symptoms. Then, chew an aspirin. Chewing the pill enables the drug to be absorbed into your system within five minutes. The recommended dosage of aspirin to take during a suspected heart attack is half a regular strength aspirin, or 160-162 mg. Halfprin 162 mg is the only product available in this dose.
Who should consider aspirin therapy?
The decision to begin aspirin therapy is one that should involve both you and your doctor. The following are characteristics of men and women for whom aspirin therapy may be recommended:
- A history of heart disease
- Multiple risk factors (e.g., smoking, obesity, inactivity)
- Family history of heart disease
How does aspirin work?
Aspirin reduces the production of substances called prostaglandins which have many functions. They are involved in feeling pain, fever, the redness and swelling that can accompany injuries, and even in contracting certain muscles. Since aspirin lowers the amount of prostaglandins, it can help alleviate conditions like pain, fever and the discomfort of menstrual cramps. Aspirin also reduces production of substances involved in blood clotting. This is what helps lower your risk of heart attacks and strokes.
What is meant by "safety coated" or "enteric coated"?
An enteric coated aspirin has a safety coating that delays the release of the drug until it reaches the intestine and protects your stomach. Because of the delayed release coating on Halfprin products, it is not recommended for quick pain relief. During a suspected heart attack, you can chew the pill before swallowing it to bypass the coating and get it into your system quickly. Enteric-coated aspirin are most often recommended by physicians for daily aspirin therapy.
Who Halfprin Helps
Men and women alike can benefit a great deal from daily aspirin therapy. Physician-directed low strength aspirin therapy can result in heart attack prevention and stroke prevention. This is why many doctors recommend aspirin for their patients at high risk of heart attack, even if they haven't had a previous one. This use is referred to as primary prevention, and is included in a number of prominent professional guidelines. If you think you might benefit from a low strength aspirin regimen, you should talk to your doctor about its benefits and risks.
It's Your Heart, Be Good to It!
Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. Every year about 785,000 Americans have a first heart attack and another 470,000 who have already had one or more heart attacks have another attack. Your heart is a major hub of activity, acting as the pump that sends blood to all parts of the body to keep it functioning properly. Your heart works year after year without taking a break, at an average rate of 70 to 80 beats per minute, or about 40,000,000 heartbeats per year. Needless to say, it is the most important muscle in our body.
Caring For You
Now that you know the basics about your heart, here are some precautions every adult should take in order to keep it healthy:
- Eat a well-balanced diet
- Keep your body hydrated
- Eat vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes
- When eating fats, choose foods high in monounsaturated fats
- Limit the amount of trans and saturated fats you eat
- Limit your cholesterol intake
- Limit your salt intake
- Limit total fat gram intake
- Eat a variety of foods that are high in protein
- Avoid greasy foods, organ meats, whole milk, egg yolks, butter and salt
- Make better food choices such as eating fruits and low-fat frozen yogurt instead of ice cream
- Limit your caffeine and alcohol intake, as both of these can elevate your blood pressure
- Exercise on a regular basis
- Try to eat fish at least twice a week
- Use corn oil instead of coconut and palm oils
- Don't skip meals - feed your body regularly and maintain a well-balanced diet
How Halfprin Helps
Aspirin traces its origin back thousands of years — pre-dating Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, who used the powder made from the bark of willow trees (salicin) to help heal headaches, pains and fever. Today, aspirin has become known as a modern miracle drug. Physician-directed low dose aspirin therapy has been shown to reduce risk of heart attack by up to 44%. And, exciting new studies indicate aspirin regimens may also have the potential in helping to protect against some cancers, dementia and Alzheimer's disease.
Preventing Heart Attacks
Clinical studies have shown that men and women with a history of heart attack or stroke can reduce their risk of a subsequent event by as much as 25%. In addition, your physician may recommend the use of an adult low strength aspirin regimen even if you haven't had a previous heart attack or stroke, but are at high risk, based on research that suggests it can reduce the risk of a heart attack by up to 44%. Emerging clinical study data shows that in people taking low dose aspirin on an ongoing basis for heart attack prevention or stroke prevention may also benefit from a reduction in the risk of developing certain types of cancer, including colon cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. As with any medication, consult your doctor before beginning treatment.
Surviving a Heart Attack
One of the most commonly recommended dosages for daily aspirin therapy is 160 mg, half a regular aspirin. But who wants to cut all those pills or take two baby aspirin? Halfprin is the only brand with 162 mg of aspirin that meets FDA recommendations for treatment for suspected heart attack. An aspirin chewed within 30 minutes of the onset of a heart attack can reduce permanent damage done to your heart.
Consult Your Physician
Before beginning a daily aspirin regimen, be sure to consult your doctor. Daily aspirin therapy is a decision you and your doctor should come to together. Be sure to discuss both the benefits and risks and ask any questions you may have.