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Ask the doctor. I have atherosclerosis in the arteries of my heart and neck, and my doctors want me to take aspirin. I also have arthritis and take Naprosyn for it every day. I have heard that Naprosyn can prevent blood clots, just like aspirin does. Can I just take Naprosyn, or do I still need to take aspirin, too, to protect my heart and brain from blood clots?

Lee TH. Ask the doctor. I have atherosclerosis in the arteries of my heart and neck, and my doctors want me to take aspirin. I also have arthritis and take Naprosyn for it every day. I have heard that Naprosyn can prevent blood clots, just like aspirin does. Can I just take Naprosyn, or do I still need to take aspirin, too, to protect my heart and brain from blood clots? Harv Heart Lett. 2002 Aug; 12(12):8.

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