Therapy aims to reduce ulcers caused by aspirin

March 22, 2012 2:48:45 PM PDT
Millions of aspirin users may soon be able to take the medication without worrying about stomach ulcers.

Pozen Incorporated, a US drug company, says its experimental therapy helped to significantly reduce the nasty side effect.

Aspirin has been used for centuries for pain relief. It has also been found to reduce symptoms of stroke, heart attack and joint disorders. And, just this week, more research is finding long term use might protect against cancer.

But the regular use of aspirin has always carried a risk of stomach ulcers. To combat this side effect, the experimental therapy combines aspirin with Prilosec, a commonly used heartburn drug.