Aspirin belongs to the group of medicines known as NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). It works by blocking the release of certain chemical messengers that cause fever, pain, swelling, and blood clots. Get to know how Aspirin works, its side effects, precautions, and contraindications where Aspirin is not suggested.
When should you take aspirin?
Aspirin can be used to relieve pain and inflammation caused by rheumatic and muscular pain, sprains, headache, backache, toothache, sore throat, and menstrual cramps. It can also be used to treat flu-like symptoms and reduce pyrexia (fever) in adults. In low doses, it can be used to thin the blood.
What are the side effects of Aspirin tablet?
In addition to its intended effect, it may cause some unwanted effects too. In such cases, Contact your doctor immediately.
- Skin rash
- Abdominal pain
- Irregular heartbeat
- Acid or sour stomach
- Yellow colored eyes or skin
What are the dangers of taking aspirin?
Some medical conditions, such as high blood pressure, asthma, bleeding disorders stomach ulcers, and kidney and liver disease, could make it a bad choice for you.
Taking aspirin with other medications?
Aspirin can mix badly with other drugs, herbals, vitamins, or dietary supplements. People who are already using a prescribed medicine to thin the blood, should talk to a health professional or doctor before using it, even occasionally.
Precautions before taking aspirin tablet:
It is not recommended for pregnant women.
Aspirin is not recommended in breastfeeding women.
Aspirin tablet may increase the risk of bleeding, therefore not recommended in patients with peptic ulcer disease or any gastrointestinal bleeding.
It is not recommended in children with varicella infections or influenza-like illnesses due to the risk of Reye’s syndrome.
Aspirin is not recommended in patients with the known history of aspirin-sensitive asthma.
Effect on the heart:
High doses of Aspirin tablet may cause sodium and water retention and increases the risk of heart failure. Therefore not recommended in patients with heart failure.
Adult dose of aspirin: 300-900 mg every 4 to 6 hours, maximum 4g daily.
Children over 12 years of age: One to Two tablets not more than 4 times a day, to a maximum of 10 tablets in 24 hours.
Expert advice for Asprin tablet:
- Asprin should not be used if you are suffering from an ulcer in your stomach or small intestine. It should be taken with food or milk to avoid getting an upset stomach.
- Asprin may increase the risk of stomach bleeding. Inform your doctor if you notice black stools or cough up blood (however small the amount).
- Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to conceive or breastfeeding.
- Asprin should not be used in children aged under 16 years.
Taking more than prescribed Aspirin may cause harmful side effects. Consult your doctor or pharmacist if you find any side effects.
If you miss the dosage take as soon as possible, and if it is near to next dose, skip the missing dosage continue the regular dosage. Do not take extra doses.
Aspirin is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless necessary and the potential benefits outweigh the risks involved. Aspirin is not known to cause any harm to the fetus, but should only be used after consultation with your doctor.
Aspirin is safe to use during breastfeeding. Before taking this medicine consult your doctor.
Substitutes for Aspirin tablet:
Below is the list of medicines, which have the same composition, strength, and form as Aspirin tablet, and hence can be used as its substitute:
- Ecosprin 75 MG Tablet
- Loprin 75 MG Tablet
- Actisprin 75 MG Tablet
- Sprin 75 MG Tablet
- Asa 75 MG Tablet
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Dr. Kaleem Mohammed graduated as a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2014 from Deccan College of Physiotherapy, affiliated to Dr. N.T.R. University of Health Sciences, Vijayawada, India. Dr. Kaleem is an expert at handling physiotherapy needs of patients suffering from orthopedic and spinal conditions and post-surgery rehabilitation. Dr. Kaleem is associated with HealthClues since its inception where he facilitates diagnosis and advanced consultation with senior doctors. He is also a medical researcher and prolific writer who loves sharing insightful commentaries and useful tips to educate the patient community about fitness, treatment options, and post-treatment recovery.