Tablet time: The best time to take your medication. This week: Aspirin
MANY of us take aspirin every day to keep blood thin and cut the risk of potentially deadly clots forming which can cause a heart attack or stroke.
Research suggests the best time to take aspirin is in the evening because this ensures it has had time to work before morning – when there is a surge in platelet activity, tiny cells in the blood that make it clot.
A 2013 study at Leiden University Medical Centre in the Netherlands asked 290 heart attack survivors to take a low-dose aspirin every morning for three months, and then before bedtime for another three months.
At the end of each period, they underwent tests on their blood pressure and platelets.
Results showed that daily aspirin did not cut blood pressure, but taking the drug at bedtime did make it more difficult for the platelets to stick together in the morning.