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    Aspirin before riding

    Anybody else take an aspirin before riding or am I just being overly cautious?
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    I occasionally take ibuprofen before riding, but only when I'm dealing w/ sore knees, achilles, etc.

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    Cautious about what? Why are you taking preemptive aspirin?
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    I take advil before any ride of more than 20 miles. Helps keep the knee pain tolerable.
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    I carry ibuprofen with me on long rides, and take it as needed, but never before I start the ride.

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    I take one 325 mg per day on cardiologists orders.

    I haven't noticed anything out of the ordinary on my rides.

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    I think this post is concerned more with preventive measures for heart attack and not pain relief for knee pain or whatever else hurts that day. I take Aleve before most rides due to knee pain and sometimes back pain. I do not take an asprin, but maybe it is not a bad idea, just never thought about it.
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    Take a 75 mg of aspirin every day- supposed to thin the blood.

    But If I have a problem- headache- joint pain etc. Then I only take a prescription medicine for that problem. Aspirin works for a headache- so does paracetomol and codeine. Joint ache and try to find out what is causing the problem- then get it corrected.

    Ibroprufen--Not for anyone with a heart problem- same with any Diclofenic like voltarol---Although Volterol cream is OK.

    If you have an existing medical problem- Get any proprietary medicine checked out before taking it.
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    2 Naprosyn every day. Doctor prescribed for joint pain.

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    I avoid taking aspirin before bike riding because it thins the blood.

    Risk of wreck = injury = no clotting = more loss of blood.

    Unless, of course, the doctor advises it for heart issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stapfam View Post
    Take a 75 mg of aspirin every day
    same here, mostly...
    been asked/advised/cajoled to take 1 baby assburn a day... haven't noticed that it has any effect, + or - on anything I can feel. But then, some days are just moe betta than others, these daze...
    nice to have one day follow the other...
    hope to hell my 'components' are more campy than they are melamine encrusted, stamped crappage from china

    HRM, however, continues to be a close friend... haven't really thought about takin the assburn some tiime proximal to the 'ride-time'... couldn't hurt...
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    +1 Advil before long rides only.

    I started this during my motorcycling days. I rode in three Iron Butt Rallies (11,000 miles in 11 days), and Advil was critical.

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    I take the 75mg of asprin in the morning along with 20 mg of an amphetamine. I suspect the amphetamine does more for my performance.
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    I frequently take an ibuprofen before riding. I've had lifelong issues with muscle stiffness and it does help.
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    No aspirin. I take ibuprophen before long rides to help with my arthritic shoulders and my back pain. If the ride is over 4 hours, I'll take more during the ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SPlKE View Post
    I take one 325 mg per day on cardiologists orders.

    I haven't noticed anything out of the ordinary on my rides.
    Ditto,

    Remember that aspirin is a blood thinner.

    I wouldn't take extra aspirin without a specific reason.

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    Quite often yes.. Never I am willing to go to bed early enough , for a 8:30 AM metric century.. Being late nite people; I have a hard time getting my priorities right.. I recommend at least 6 hours sleep before a major ride. But.. Should I actually be able to get enough sleep before a ride.. Post ride, I usually feel just great. No aspirins needed. Just maybe a cat nap. .
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    I have taken "vitamin i" when i have specific issues and to get me through a particularly important event (like qualifying for PBP) but NSAIDS actually interfere with healing.

    ... it is clear that NSAIDs inhibit the fibroblastic growth process and thus diminish an athlete's chance of healing. NSAIDs are used because they decrease pain, but they do so at the expense of hurting the healing of the injured soft tissue.
    https://www.caringmedical.com/sports_injury/nsaids.asp

    They weaken muscles as well. Not a good argument for regular use.
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    Quote Originally Posted by robert foster View Post
    2 naprosyn every day. Doctor prescribed for joint pain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NOS88 View Post
    20 mg of an amphetamine
    With a PM maybe you can help us score?

    As for the topic, I thought low dose aspirin was a pretty common prescription as a preventative measure for you older folk.
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    I take a full strength asa twice weekly. I do it primarily for the positive heart benefit and for the anti-inflammatory action on those days I play r-ball or ride long.

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    I always take 2 befor I ride ! Back 12 yrs ago I had a heart attack and the first thing they handed me at the emergency room was 3 asprins . I told them no thanks I took 4 befor I called the ambulance . Dr told me that did my bypass they most likely saved my life . I worked in a emergency room as a young man and remember a couple a docs telling me that 30+ yrs ago . Now I take one everyday and 2 when I ride my Dr agrees .

    If your having chest pain take 3 asprins and go to the ER . Won't hurt and could save your life IMHO .
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    I haven't gotten around to that during biking yet, but near the end of my career as a soccer ref I would take advil before the games. There were days during state tournaments that we would do 4 90 min games in a single day. Unless you were really dogging it, that amounted to a lot of miles. Biking is much much easier on the knees.

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    75 mg aspirin? I've never seen anything but 325 mg and 81 mg aspirins. If you're taking them as a regular measure to help with heart problems, you take one a day, every day, regardless of your biking.

    About ibuprofen...from the Mayo Clinic's drug information site:

    This medicine may raise your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. This is more likely in people who already have heart disease. People who use this medicine for a long time might also have a higher risk.

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