The effect of mini-dose aspirin on renal function and uric acid handling in elderly patients

Arthritis and Rheumatism
D CaspiR Segal


Aspirin is known to have a bimodal effect on the renal handling of uric acid (UA). High dosages (>3 gm/day) are uricosuric, while low dosages (1-2 gm/day) cause UA retention. Although very-low-dose (mini-dose) aspirin is used increasingly as a platelet aggregation inhibitor, no studies have been published on whether aspirin's renal effects occur at dosages of <0.5 gm/day. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effects of commonly used mini-dosages of aspirin on renal function and UA handling in elderly patients. The study included 49 elderly inpatients (age 61-94). Patients were excluded if they had renal failure, hyperuricemia, gout, or a history of bleeding, or if they were receiving anticoagulants, aspirin, or nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs. Previous medications and diet were kept unchanged. Aspirin was administered as follows: 75 mg/day (week 1), 150 mg/day (week 2), 325 mg/day (week 3), and 0 mg/day (week 4). Baseline and weekly samples of blood and urine were evaluated for UA, creatinine, blood urea nitrogen, creatinine clearance, UA excretion, UA clearance, and plasma levels of aspirin. At the lowest dosage, aspirin caused a 15% decrease in the rate of UA excretion (P = 0.045 by t-test), which was associat...Continue Reading


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