What makes Bufferin® different than enteric coated and plain aspirin?
Bufferin® contains three different buffering agents (calcium carbonate, magnesium carbonate and magnesium oxide) which work together to help neutralize stomach acid and reduce potential irritation associated with aspirin use.
I take low dose aspirin for my heart. Can I also take Bufferin® to help relieve my pain?
No, do not take Bufferin if you are taking a blood thinning (anticoagulant) drug, steroid drug, or taking other drugs containing prescription or non-prescription NSAIDs (aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen or others). Consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have questions or concerns regarding the use of Bufferin with other medication(s).
How does aspirin work to relieve pain?
Aspirin reduces the production of hormone-like substances called prostaglandins, which are part of the chemical messenger systems involved in feeling aches and pains. Aspirin also works to temporarily reduce fever.
Does Bufferin® use an enteric coating?
No, Bufferin® is not enteric coated, and it works faster than enteric coated aspirin. Enteric coating is designed to allow caplets to pass through the stomach to the small intestine before dissolving. This means it will take longer for a drug with enteric coating to take effect.
Can Bufferin® be used as an antacid?
No. The buffering agents present in Bufferin® help to minimize stomach upset associated with aspirin use. Consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have questions or concerns regarding the use of Bufferin with other medications.
Should I speak to my doctor before taking aspirin?
Bufferin is available over-the-counter to be used as directed on the label. This means you can use the product without a doctor’s prescription. However, if you have a question concerning your use of aspirin for pain and fever, consult with your doctor.
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.
Regular Strength Bufferin is a combination of Aspirin and 3 buffering agents, for those who want to relieve pain fast without getting an upset stomach. Each Bufferin Regular Strength Tablet can help you to:
• Relieve Back pain
• Arthritis pain
• Reduce Fever
• Reduce inflammation
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.
IngredientsBuffered aspirin equal to:
325 mg aspirin (NSAID*) - Pain reliever/fever reducer Buffering Agents: calcium carbonate, magnesium carbonate and magnesium oxide
*nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug.
• Adults and children 12 years and over: 2 tablets with a full glass of water. Dosage may be repeated every 4 hours while symptoms persist. Do not exceed 12 tablets in 24 hours unless directed by a doctor.
• Children under 12 years: do not use unless directed by a doctor.