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ASPIRIN

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Easprin, Ecotrin

GENERIC NAME(S): ASPIRIN

 

Description: Aspirin is an analgesic, anti-inflammatory and antipyretic. It also inhibits platelet aggregation.

Aspirin is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) reduces fever and relieve mild to moderate pain from muscle aches, toothaches, common cold, and headaches, pain and swelling from arthritis.  Consult your doctor before treating a child younger than 12 years.  Aspirin may also be prescribed to reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack. If you have recently had surgery on clogged arteries (such as bypass surgery, carotid endarterectomy, coronary stent), your doctor may direct you to use aspirin in low doses as a “blood thinner” to prevent blood clots.

How to use aspirin

Take this medication by mouth, take with food to prevent stomach upset, and do not lie down for at least 10 minutes after you have taken this drug. Do not crush.

You should not use this drug to self-treat a fever that lasts longer than 3 days. In these cases, consult a doctor because you may have a more serious condition. Tell your doctor promptly if you develop ringing in the ears or difficulty hearing.

Upset stomach and heartburn may occur.

Serious side effects include: easy bruising/bleeding, difficulty hearing, ringing in the ears, change in the amount of urine, persistent or severe nausea/vomiting, unexplained tiredness, dizziness, dark urine, yellowing eyes/skin, black/tarry stools, persistent or severe stomach/abdominal pain, vomit that looks like coffee grounds, slurred speech, weakness on one side of the body, sudden vision changes or severe headache.

Contact your doctor if you experience allergic reactions or symptoms mentioned above.

Precautions

Inform your doctor or pharmacist your allergies, medical history, especially of: bleeding/blood-clotting disorders (such as hemophilia, vitamin K deficiency, low platelet count), kidney disease, liver disease, diabetes, stomach problems (such as ulcers, heartburn, stomach pain), aspirin-sensitive asthma (a history of worsening breathing with runny/stuffy nose after taking aspirin or other NSAIDs), growths in the nose (nasal polyps), gout, certain enzyme deficiencies (pyruvate kinase or G6PD deficiency).

Aspirin may cause stomach bleeding, older adults and those with stomach/intestinal bleeding and ulcers and drinking of alcohol must be avoided.

Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking this medication.

Children less than 18 years old should not take aspirin if they have chickenpox, flu, or any undiagnosed illness or if they have recently received a vaccine. In these cases, taking aspirin increases the risk of Reye’s syndrome, a rare but serious illness.

Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of this drug, especially stomach/intestinal bleeding and ulcers.

Pregnant and breastfeeding women must refrain from taking aspirin.

 

Interactions

Some products that may interact with this drug include: mifepristone, acetazolamide, “blood thinners” (such as warfarin, heparin), corticosteroids (such as prednisone), methotrexate, valproic acid, herbal medications such as ginkgo biloba.

If you have recently received certain live vaccines (such as varicella vaccine, live flu vaccine), consult your doctor before taking this medication.

Daily use may decrease its effectivity.

Aspirin may interfere with urine sugar tests yielding false test results.

Overdose

Get emergency medical help when overdose is suspected.

Missed Dose: As soon as you remember, take a regular dose or if the time of the next does is near, wait for it before taking another dose and resume your usual schedule.  Do not increase the dose to compensate for the missed dose.

Storage: Store medication in room temperature.  Do not expose to light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from pets and children.  Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour into a drain.

 

Brands

Available Brands

  • Aspen [ Lloyd ]
  • Aspilets/Aspilets-EC [ LR Imperial ]
  • Asthromed [ Medhaus ]
  • Bayer Aspirin [ Bayer ]
  • Cortal 500 [ Pharma-Rex ]
  • Tromcor [ Integrated Pharma ] 

Also marketed as 

  • Anthrom [ Yung Shin ]
  • Asaprim [ Primera ]
  • Aspec-EC [ Pharmaspec ]
  • Aspitor [ Concept ]
  • Bayprin EC [ Bayer ]
  • Cor-30 [ PPC ]
  • Cor-80 [ PPC ]
  • Daspirin [ Yung Shin ]
  • Enteroprin [ Metro Pharma ]
  • Rhea Aspirin [ Philusa ]
  • United Home Aspirin [ General Drug & Chem ]

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