Blood clotting associated with the AstraZeneca vaccine prompted several countries to briefly opt-out of delivering doses to their local populations. While the link is tenuous and with tens of cases amongst the millions vaccinated, health agencies have opted to wait for additional data before they proceed. However, vaccines aren’t the only medical products that have clotting listed as a potential side effect, and others can help prevent them.
Does paracetamol cause blood clots?
Paracetamol is one of the most common items people store in their medicine cabinet.
They are vital for staving off nasty hangovers and they help to reduce the pain of most illnesses.
Many people may be unaware of the many potential side effects the drug has, but blood clots are not one of them.
READ MORE: AstraZeneca vaccine safety: EMA boss gives update on vaccine review
Dr Erin Donnelly Michos, Director of Women’s Cardiovascular Health, and Associate Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University, said she would only recommend aspirin for some of her patients.
She said: “I still recommend aspirin for those with known heart disease or stroke, or for select individuals who might be at particularly high risk due to evidence of significant plaque in their arteries, if they are not at high bleeding risk.
“But for the rest of my patients at lower or intermediate risk, it seems that the risks of aspirin outweigh the benefits.
“Particularly for elderly patients, if they don’t have known heart disease, I would think carefully about using it.”