In the initial treatment of acute myocardial infarction, it is important to administer oral low-dose acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) within 10 min of arrival at the hospital. However, ASA is supplied as an enteric-coated tablet or buffered tablet to prevent gastric irritation. Although current guidelines recommended that patients should chew their initial dose of ASA, there is little evidence as to whether this is efficacious. Therefore, we aimed to make a direct comparison of the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of ASA after ingestion of intact and chewed nonenteric-coated buffered ASA tablet (NBA) and enteric-coated ASA tablet (ECA) in a quadruple crossover study in healthy volunteers. Chewing ECA accelerated t(max) of ASA absorption, which became equivalent to that after ingestion of intact or chewed NBA. A significant decrease in serum thromboxane B(2) was observed 20 min after ingestion of chewed ECA, or intact or chewed NBA, and inhibition of platelet aggregation was also observed within 20 min. Thus, chewing of the ECA appears to result in a similar timing of ASA action to that in the case of chewed or unchewed NBA.
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