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Name of the generic: aspirin (oral) AS-pir-in” AS-pir-in in
The brand names are: Arthritis Pain, Aspi-Cor, Aspir 81, Aspir-Low, Bayer Plus, etc. List the 11 brands.
Drug classes: Platelet aggregation inhibitors, Salicylates

What is Aspirin?

Aspirin is a salicylate (sa-LIS-il-ate). It is a drug that works by reducing the amount of substances within the body that trigger discomfort, fever, and inflammation.

Aspirin can be utilized to relieve pain and reduce inflammation or fever. It can also be employed to treat or prevent coronary heart attacks, strokes, and chest pain (ngina).

Aspirin is recommended for cardiovascular problems in conjunction with a physician.


Aspirin should not be used in the event of bleeding disorders like haemophilia or an experience of bleeding in the stomach or the intestinal tract, or if you're intolerant to any NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication) like Advil, Motrin, Aleve, Orudis, Indocin, Lodine, Voltaren, Toradol, Mobic, Relafen, Feldene, and others.

Do not give this medicine to a teenager or child who has a fever, flu symptoms, or chickenpox. Salicylates may cause Reye's syndrome, which is a serious and sometimes fatal disease for children.

Before Taking this Medication

Do not give this medication to a child or teen suffering from the flu, fever symptoms, or chickenpox. Aspirin may cause Reye's syndrome, which is a severe and sometimes fatal illness for children.

Aspirin should not be used when you are allergic to aspirin or are suffering from:

  • A recent experience of intestinal bleeding or stomach pain;
  • Bleeding disorder like hemophilia, or
  • If you've had an asthma attack or had a severe allergic reaction following using aspirin or an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication) like Advil, Motrin, Aleve, Orudis, Indocin, Lodine, Voltaren, Toradol, Mobic, Relafen, Feldene, and more.

To ensure this medication is suitable for you, inform your doctor if:

  • Allergy or asthma
  • Stomach ulcers;
  • Liver disease;
  • Kidney disease;
  • A bleeding or blood clotting disorder;
  • Gout or
  • Heart disease, high blood pressure, and congestive heart disease.

Aspirin taken during the last trimester of pregnancy could cause bleeding for the mother or baby during birth. Tell your doctor whether you are expecting or are planning to be pregnant.

Aspirin could be absorbed by breast milk and cause harm to the nursing infant. It is not recommended to use this medicine while breastfeeding.

How to Take Aspirin?

Use aspirin as directed on the label or as directed by your physician. Avoid using in larger quantities, in smaller amounts, or for a longer time than is recommended.

Always follow the instructions on the label of the medicine about the use of aspirin in children.

Take it with food if you feel aspirin is causing an upset in your stomach.

You should be sure to chew your tablets before swallowing them.

Do not crush, chew, break, or open an enteric-coated or delayed-release or extended-release pill. Take the pill in its entirety.

If you are going to undergo surgery, inform the surgeon in advance that you're using this medication. You might have to stop taking the medicine for a brief period of time.

Avoid using aspirin if there is a strong vinegar smell in the bottle. The medicine might no longer be efficient.

Keep at room temperature, away from heat and moisture.

What Happens If I Miss a Dose?

Aspirin is a medication that is only used in the event of need; you might not be on a dose schedule. If you're in a routine, you should take the dose you missed as soon as you can remember. Do not take your missed dose if it's close to the time of the next dose scheduled. Don't use any extra medication to replace the missed dose.

What Happens If I Overdose?

Get medical attention in an emergency or contact the Poison Help line toll-free at 1-800-222-1222.

The symptoms of an overdose can include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, hearing or vision problems, breathing that is fast or slow, or confusion.

What Should be Avoided?

Beware of drinking alcohol when you take aspirin. Alcohol consumption that is excessive can increase the chance of bleeding from your stomach.

If you're using this medicine to avoid a heart attack or stroke, do not also take Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin). Ibuprofen could make this medicine less efficient at protecting your blood vessels and the heart. If you are required to use both medicines, Ask your doctor about the distance between the doses you should take.

Consult a physician or pharmacist prior to taking any cold, allergy, or pain medicine. A lot of the medicines you can buy at the pharmacy include aspirin or NSAID. When you combine certain medicines, it can result in excessive amounts of this kind of drug. Look at the label to determine whether a medication contains ketoprofen, aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, or any other NSAID.

Side Effects of  Aspirin

Contact a medical professional immediately. Get medical attention immediately if you show symptoms that indicate an allergy reaction to aspirin. These symptoms include hives, trouble breathing, and swelling of your lips, face, and tongue.

Aspirin may cause serious side effects. Take this medicine off and consult your doctor at any time if you experience:

  • A ringing sound in your ears hearing ringing in your ears, confusion, hallucinations, fast breathing, seizures (convulsions),
  • Severe nausea, vomiting, or stomach pain;
  • The stool is bloody or tarry and coughing blood, or vomit that appears to be coffee grounds.
  • Fever that lasts longer than 3 days, or
  • Swelling or pain that lasts more than 10 days.

Common adverse effects of aspirin could include:

  • Upset stomach;
  • Heartburn;
  • Sleepiness or
  • Mild headache that is mild.

This is not a comprehensive list of possible side effects, and other side effects could be present. Consult your physician for advice regarding medical effects. You can report any adverse reactions to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Interaction with Other Drugs

Consult your physician before taking aspirin if you are taking an antidepressant, such as citalopram, escitalopram, fluoxetine (Prozac), fluvoxamine, sertraline, paroxetine (Zoloft), trazodone, or vilazodone. The combination of any of these drugs with an NSAID can cause bleeding or bruises easily.

Talk to a pharmacist or doctor to determine if it's safe to use this medication if you are also taking one of the following medications:

  • A blood thinner (warfarin, Coumadin, or Jantoven) or any other medications used to stop blood clots,
  • Other salicylates, such as Nuprin Backache Caplet, Kaopectate, KneeRelief, Pamprin Cramp Formula, Pepto-Bismol, Tricosal, Trilisate, and others.

This list is not comprehensive. Other medications may interfere with aspirin, which includes medications that are prescribed and available over the counter, such as vitamins and herbal products. There are not all interactions included in this guideline for medications.



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