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Guide to Diabetes

Other tablets: Antidepressants & Aspirin

You may be prescribed other tablets to help with your treatment of diabetes and other related conditions.


You may be prescribed anti depressant tablets, this can either be for helping with nerve or neuropathic pain associated with lower limbs or to help improve your mood and feeling of well-being. There are two main groups of antidepressant drugs:


  • Tricyclic anti-depressants e.g. Amitriptyline, Dosulepin, Imipramine, Lofepramine
  • Selective Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) e.g. Citalopram, Fluoxetine, Paroxetine, Sertraline.


Aspirin is one of the most commonly used medicines. It is also known as (acetylsalicylic acid) and is an anti-inflammatory pain killer which is extensively used worldwide, for pain relief, to reduce inflammation and temperatures and to reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

It works by preventing blood cells sticking together in the arteries. This reduces your chances of having a heart attack or stroke. However recent evidence is suggesting that perhaps for people with diabetes aspirin does not provide as many benefits as for those without diabetes unless they have already had a heart problem or stroke. If in doubt speak to your doctor.

Clopidogrel may be used as an alternative to aspirin, ie if you are allergic to or intolerant of aspirin. you may recieve a combination of both. Download the Information booklet on Copidogrel


Aspirin is taken in higher doses as a pain killer


Types of aspirin

  1. Dispersible aspirin- should be completely dissolved in water before taking.
  2. Enteric Coated Aspirin (EC) – a coated tablet, swallowed whole


Points to remember

  • Taking Aspirin with or after food helps reduce indigestion and stomach problems.
  • Other pain killers and flu remedies may contain Aspirin

Always ask your pharmacist before you buy any medicines over the counter

Paracetamol can be used as an alternative pain killer and is safe with Aspirin