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Antiplatelet Drugs

Because higher doses of aspirin may increase the risk of side effects without an increase in cardiovascular benefits, the ADA and the American Heart Association recommend that people with cardiovascular risk factors use low doses (75–160 mg) of aspirin. Despite its name, enteric-coated aspirin does not appear to help reduce the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding. People who are aspirin-intolerant may gain similar cardiovascular benefits from using clopidogrel instead of aspirin.

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