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Using aspirin for a few days at a time to fight pain swelling or fever is fine for most people. But if you're using it everyday for weeks, months or years to prevent a heart attack, stroke or for any use not listed on the label — and without guidance from your doctor — you could be doing your body more harm than good.
Daily aspirin use has been shown to help people that have already experienced a heart attack and some kinds of strokes by lowering the chance of another. Aspirin can also help people with prior medical conditions and risks.
To find out if you are at risk, talk to your doctor. Only your doctor can tell you if you should use long-term aspirin treatment, and then prescribe the right dose for you.
For more information, visit our web site at www.fda.gov/drugs, or call toll-free 1-888-INFO-FDA.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Food and Drug Administration