How is buffered aspirin different from plain aspirin?
Buffered aspirin is a combination of pain-relieving aspirin and antacids. The antacids act as a buffering agent to help neutralize stomach acid and irritation that aspirin may cause. Bufferin® includes a combination of three different antacids, including calcium carbonate, magnesium carbonate and magnesium oxide, that work together to help prevent stomach upset associated with aspirin use.
What’s the difference between Bufferin and enteric coated aspirins?
Bufferin contains a combination of three different antacids, including calcium carbonate, magnesium carbonate and magnesium oxide, that work together to help prevent stomach upset.
Enteric coated aspirin is designed to allow caplets to pass through the stomach to the small intestine before dissolving to cause less stomach upset. Enteric coated aspirins take longer than buffered aspirins to be absorbed.
Should I speak to my doctor before taking buffered aspirin?
NSAIDs, including Bufferin, may cause severe stomach bleeding. The chance is higher if you are 60 or over, have had stomach ulcers or bleeding, take a blood thinning (anticoagulant) or steroid drug, take other NSAIDs, drink 3 or more alcoholic drinks every day while taking Bufferin, or use Bufferin for a longer time than directed. Stop taking Bufferin and talk to your doctor if you experience signs of stomach bleeding.
Be sure to read the entire Drug Facts labeling, including Use, Warnings, and Directions on the product package before use and use Bufferin only as directed.