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Do regular small doses of Aspirin affect red blood cells?

Sun, 6th Mar 2011

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Question

William McLellan asked:

Do regular small doses of Aspirin affect red blood cells?

Answer

We posed this question to Professor Peter Rothwell from the University of Oxford...

Peter -   If you're one of the few people who gets bleeding from your stomach on Aspirin then that can occur very slowly, without you realising it and so, a very small proportion of patients do get anaemia, but in most patients, there's no effect on the blood count.

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