For years, we've heard that taking aspirin will help reduce the risk of having a heart attack. Now, a new study shows taking ibuprofen with aspirin may block aspirin's benefits. Because aspirin and ibuprofen are available over the counter at any drugstore, most people think they're safe, but researchers at the University of Pennsylvania suggest that might not be the case.
Results from the study show that if ibuprofen is taken two hours before aspirin, it decreases aspirin's ability to thin blood by 98 percent. If it's taken two hours after, the aspirin was 90 percent less effective. But the study also found that other pain relievers, like Tylenol, which is an acetaminophen is okay to take. Tylenol has no affect on aspirin benefits.