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Re: [RC] Blood thinning analgesics - Maggie Mieske

I remember that after a rider in Michigan came off her horse several years ago and then later had to be rushed to the hospital, we were warned by a fellow rider who is an RN to not take ibuprofen, esp if there might be bleeding in the brain. ?(There was a head injury in that case). ?I know riders who love to ride but tough it out and take ibuprofen (if not something stronger) to do it. ?I am diabetic and if I take ibuprofen for only a couple of days to ease some ache or pain or another (and lately it's been lots since I came off Hattan recenty), I bleed like a stuck hog when I prick my finger to test my blood. ?I still think Tylenol is a safer alternative. ?But when pain is great, I combine both Tylenol and ibuprofen. ?It's good to be informed and aware. ?We get a bit complacent at times about popping pills. ?I usually do without until it's too late. ?That's not smart either. ?Husbands don't like wives in pain who get grumpy! ?:)
Maggie Mieske
English Department/Foundation Program
Qatar University
P.O. Box 2713
Doha, Qatar

"Life can only be understood backward, but it must be lived forward." - - Kierkegaard

From: "Kitley, Carrie E Civ USAF AFSPC 30 MDSS/SGSLF" <carrie.kitley@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Monday, January 12, 2009 11:42:26 PM
Subject: [RC] Blood thinning analgesics

Ibuprofen does not thin the blood like aspirin does. At higher doses of
ibuprofen (ie. 800 mg three times a day) there can be a potential for
thinning of the blood but it is a "reversible" effect where as aspirin
has an "irreversible" effect. If you are only taking over the counter
doses once or twice a day there is probably no clinically significant
thinning. Aspirin can be taken daily to help protect the heart by
preventing blood clots. Ibuprofen does not have the same effects.

Carrie Kitley
30th Medical Group, Vandenberg AFB
DMLSS Database Sustainment Specialist (DSS)
CACI International Inc, www.caci.com
DSN:? 276-1077
Fax: 805-606-1179

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[RC] Blood thinning analgesics, Kitley, Carrie E Civ USAF AFSPC 30 MDSS/SGSLF