A: Cartia is a low dose aspirin (100mg) that helps prevent blood clotting and reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke in patients with known cardiovascular or cerebrovascular disease. The use of low dose aspirin may be only one component of your medical practitioner’s management plan to prevent you having a further heart attack or stroke. You should discuss this plan with your medical practitioner. Do not substitute other medicines containing aspirin, for this medicine, without first consulting your pharmacist or medical practitioner.
A: You should only take Cartia after seeking advice from a doctor or healthcare professional.
A: Yes, Cartia low dose aspirin is made in Victoria, Australia.
A: Cartia’s Duentric coating is a special coating on the Cartia tablets that is designed to reduce the risk of mucosal damage to the stomach that can be caused by the aspirin. Uncoated aspirin is generally released in the stomach which may cause damage to the mucosa. Cartia Duentric coated low dose aspirin is released in the duodenum, the upper part of the small intestine, which reduces the risk of mucosal damage.
A: Cartia Duentric coated low dose aspirin is released when it reaches the duodenum – which means less contact with the stomach lining, and less risk of irritation.
A: Cartia can be taken with or without food. Food does not alter the effects of Cartia.
A: Cartia is available in 3 pack sizes; 28 Tablets (1 month supply), 84 Tablets (3 month’s supply) or
168 Tablets (6 month’s supply).
A: No. Cartia tablets do not contain gluten, wheat, sugar, yeast, soy, lactose, or preservatives.
A: Cartia tablets are a unique orange colour which can help aid recognition and visibility which is particularly helpful for patients taking multiple medications.
A: It is advisable to withdraw aspirin at least one week before surgery. Blood donors should cease all forms of aspirin at least one week before giving blood. Aspirin prolongs the time for the blood to clot. You should consult with your doctor on all your medication prior to undergoing any surgery. This includes medicines that you buy without a prescription.
A: Before you take Cartia, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are or think you may be pregnant or if you intend to become pregnant. Your doctor or pharmacist will discuss with you the possible risks and benefits of using Cartia during pregnancy.
A: Download the Cartia Consumer Medicine information leaflet here. For more information on Cartia, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.