Frequently Asked Questions

What makes Bufferin special?
Bufferin is the only non-prescription NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) approved by FDA to claim that it is gentle on the stomach based on clinical studies.

What is the buffering agent in Bufferin?
Bufferin contains 3 different buffering agents including calcium carbonate magnesium carbonate and magnesium oxide. They work together to help neutralize stomach acid.

I take low dose aspirin for my heart. Can I also take Bufferin for a headache?
Yes. You can safely take Bufferin for a headache while taking lose dose aspirin for the heart. It is important to discuss all medications you are using with your healthcare provider.

Can I use Bufferin beyond the labeled expiration date?
It is not recommended to use any over-the-counter product beyond the labeled expiration date. Like all drugs, aspirin can deteriorate over time and not be as effective once it is past expiration.

How does aspirin work?
Aspirin reduces the production of hormone-like substances called prostaglandins, which are part of the chemical messenger systems involved in feeling pain, fever and the redness/swelling that can accompany injuries. Aspirin works by lowering the amount of prostaglandins to help alleviate pain, fever and the discomfort of menstrual cramps.
Aspirin also reduces production of substances involved in the early stages of our body’s blood clotting mechanism. This is why doctors may prescribe aspirin, as part of a regimen, for appropriate individuals to reduce recurrent heart attack or ischemic stroke.

Is aspirin safe?
Aspirin is one of the most extensively studied drugs in history with a 100-year track record of safety and efficacy when used as directed. Long-term use of aspirin, including Bufferin, should be used only at the direction of your doctor.

Why should I take aspirin with a full glass of water?
Aspirin should be taken with a full eight ounces of water to ease swallowing and facilitate absorption of the aspirin.

Should I take aspirin with food?
Food generally delays absorption of all drugs. However, some people find that taking medications with food may reduce stomach irritation.

Does Bufferin use an enteric coating?
No. Enteric coating is a delayed-release safety coating designed to allow tablets to pass through the stomach to the small intestine before dissolving. This delayed release coating means that it will take much longer for the aspirin to be absorbed. For this reason, products with enteric coating are not recommended for quick pain relief or use in an emergency situation.

Does Bufferin reduce the risk of heart attack?
There have been numerous studies showing the use of aspirin to reduce the risk of stroke or heart attack. Before starting any type of aspirin regimen, please consult with your physician or pharmacist.

What type of starch is used in Bufferin?
We use cellulose, a natural substance derived from plants.

What is the calcium in Bufferin derived from?
The source of our calcium is limestone. We do not use oyster shell.

What is the purpose of the small gray canister in the aspirin bottle?
The small gray canister is called a desiccant. Desiccants help absorb any moisture in the bottle. Please be aware that you should keep the desiccant in the bottle even after you first open the bottle. Keep the cap closed to help keep moisture out of the bottle and away from the tablets. Please see packaging for storage directions.

Is Bufferin gluten-free
Bufferin is a drug product. While Ducere Pharma does not knowingly or intentionally include gluten in its drug products, we do not routinely test for gluten content. Due to multi-sourcing of certain active ingredients, we cannot guarantee the absence of gluten from this drug product. If concerned about gluten, please speak to your doctor.

Are any ingredients in Bufferin of animal origin?
Bufferin does not contain ingredients derived from animals.

Can Bufferin be used as an antacid?
The buffering agents present in Bufferin help to protect against aspirin stomach upset. However, Bufferin is not indicated as an antacid product.

Can Bufferin be cut in half?
Yes, it is safe to cut the tablet in half.

How is the aspirin in Bufferin metabolized?

Aspirin is metabolized by the liver and excreted through the kidneys.