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Aspirin, how a struggling painkiller was reborn as a heart medicine and earned billions for Bayer

 
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Aspirin, how a struggling painkiller was reborn as a heart medicine and earned billions for Bayer
Say you have a headache. Your feverís rising. Your back is aching. What do you take? Probably ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), maybe acetaminophen (Tylenol), possibly naproxen (Aleve). Together, those drugs comprise nearly four-fifths of the $2 billion-plus over-the-counter pain relief market, prospering from aggressive ad campaigns and cheap manufacturing costs.
But say youíre having a heart attack. What do you take now?
If youíve been listening to the advice of medical professionals for the past few decades, youíll pop an aspirin while you wait for the ambulance. And if youíve been listening closely, youíve already been taking it every day. Aspirinís benefit to heart-attack victims is common knowledge these days, while its effectiveness as a painkiller, or analgesic, is increasingly overlooked.

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Re: Aspirin, how a struggling painkiller was reborn as a heart medicine and earned billions for Bayer
I get generic aspirin at the dollar store for a buck. 175 pills for 1 dollar. Fuck Bayer.
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Re: Aspirin, how a struggling painkiller was reborn as a heart medicine and earned billions for Bayer
I get generic aspirin at the dollar store for a buck. 175 pills for 1 dollar. Fuck Bayer.
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Re: Aspirin, how a struggling painkiller was reborn as a heart medicine and earned billions for Bayer
Aspirin sure has gone up!
It is an anti-inflammatory and great pain killer, has been since ancient times. Some folks have to take more than 2 to get relief, but it works.
Like everything, you don't take it constantly! Simple.
I won't take ibuprofen anymore, I need my organs. I think big pharm hit aspirin with all those accusations of danger because it was cheap and available.
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Re: Aspirin, how a struggling painkiller was reborn as a heart medicine and earned billions for Bayer
Aspirin sure has gone up!
It is an anti-inflammatory and great pain killer, has been since ancient times. Some folks have to take more than 2 to get relief, but it works.
Like everything, you don't take it constantly! Simple.
I won't take ibuprofen anymore, I need my organs. I think big pharm hit aspirin with all those accusations of danger because it was cheap and available.
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Yes. Invention of Aspirin. 1898, a German chemist named Felix Hoffman found a way to make a salicylate drug that didn't upset the stomach :-).





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