I will be flying next week from the US to Singapore. I have a short flight to Minneapolis (about 2 hours), a long 6-hour layover, then a long-haul flight to Tokyo (~12.5 hours), an hour layover, and then a 7-hour flight to Singapore. I was told by my doctor to take a baby aspirin (~75-81mg) to avoid getting DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis), along with stretching, getting up and walking every hour or two, and drinking plenty of water. I also plan to wear compression stockings. The reason for all of my precautions is that I am on the birth control pill and thus I am at higher risk.
How long before flying should I take the aspirin? Also, should I take another aspirin throughout the longer flights? How long will the aspirin work at thinning my blood after I have taken it? I've read that it last 7 days. I've also read that you should continue taking it a couple of days after getting off the plane. Is this true?
It is best to ask your doctor and take the medication accordingly. You should ideally start a week before the flight and continue for about 2-3 days after the flight. During flight you should take aspirin as advised. There is no need to take extra dosage.Take care!
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