Based on a recent study by researchers from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health at Madison, taking Aspirin regularly may increase the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). This eye related health problem is the main reason of vision loss among seniors in the United States. The study has been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) this week.
The researchers explain that the increased risk of AMD development is affect to those people who had consumed aspirin regularly for 10 years, so patients who recently taking aspirin to lower the risk of heart disease no need to stop their medication. In fact, the researchers said that the chance to get the health condition due to aspirin consumption is very small. Dr. Barbara Klein, who also lead the study said that patients should not changing or even stop their aspirin dosage base on this result.
The study in detail
In the study Klein and her colleagues gather and analyze data that came from almost 5000 volunteers in the small city of Beaver Dam. The study is starting in the late 1980s by interviewing elderly and middle-aged adults every five years, including the data from full eye test results. The result of the study show there is a small correlation between AMD and regular aspirin usage for at least 10 years. According to the result, those people who regularly consuming aspirin 10 years in the past, they have twice risk of getting a new wet AMD compared to those people who did not regularly consume the medicine.
Since the development of wet AMD is very rare which fewer than 1 percent, so the eye health problem triggered by aspirin consumption will also very small. “I think perhaps the important take-home point is that, even though the relative risk is significant, the absolute risk is still quite small,” Klein said.
Aspirin precautions and other side effects
According to NHS website, aspirin or also known as asetylsalicylic acid, often be used as general analgesic to relieve minor pains, aches including and fever. It also comes with anti-inflammatory property. Just like other medication, this aspirin has also side effects range from moderate to serious condition. Including to the side effects are nausea indigestion, bowel or stomach irritation, and breathing trouble. In rare cases, this medication may also interfere the function of kidney.
Aspirin also strongly not suggested for children especially they with chicken pox, flu, or other viral infection disease since it may cause a very serious health problem called Reye syndrome. As the alternative, health practitioners more recommend naproxen, ibuprofen, or acetaminophen over Aspirin since all those medicines seem to have less of side effects.