...Background: Aspirin helps prevent heart attack and stroke, and coated aspirin has been promoted as being gentler on the stomach.
...New Study: Researchers gave 400 healthy people a single dose of 325-mg immediate-release (uncoated) or enteric-coated aspirin and measured absorption. Nearly half of the participants did not fully absorb the coated aspirin within eight hours, but all absorbed the uncoated aspirin.
...If you take coated aspirin: Ask your doctor whether you can safely switch to regular aspirin -- many patients can. Coated aspirin has never been shown to reduce bleeding in the stomach.
* Source: Tilo Grosser, MD, research assistant professor, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.
** This article taken from the Bottom Line/Health newsletter, Volume 27, Number 4, April 2013.