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Acetylsalicylic Acid

AcetylsalicylicAcid belongs to the group of medications called antipyretics (fever reducer),analgesics (pain reliever), platelet aggregation inhibitors (anticlottingagents) and anti-inflammatories (inflammation reducers). It is a non-steroidalanti-inflammatory drug. It is prescribed for the treatment of conditions like:

  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid
  • Gout
  • Nerve ache
  • Toothache
  • Burn
  • Common cold
  • Fever
  • Migraine
  • Inflammation of bursa(bursitis)
  • Rheumatic Fever (as neededalong with other medications)
  • Sprain, strains
  • Osteoarthritis

Itsantiplatelet properties can also be used for the prevention of:

  • Cerebral Infarction
  • Myocardial Infarction
  • Transient Ischemic Attackor mini-stroke
  • Nonfatal heart attackamong patients who are at risk of having a heart attack
  • Second heart attack orstroke
  • Pre-Eclampsia
  • Complications or death inpeople with unstable angina
  • Blood clot for patientswho have had a total hip replacement

It mayalso be used after a dental and surgical procedure. It may also decrease therisk of certain types of cancer especially colorectal cancer.

How to use Acetylsalicylic Acid?

Thisdrug is available in tablet, quick chew tablet, capsule, oral powder forsuspension and rectal suppository. The recommended dose varies widely based onthe condition being treated. It is also based on the severity of yourcondition, your age, weight and your other medical conditions. It is importantto take this medication exactly as directed. Do not change your dose or doubleup your dose without talking to your doctor. For a missed dose, take it as soonas you remember.

What are the side effects of AcetylsalicylicAcid?

Some ofthe side effects of this drug are:

  • Indigestion or heartburn
  • Stomach cramps, discomfortor pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Signs of bleeding likecoughing of blood, nosebleed and cuts that don’t stop bleeding

Seriousside effects are:

  • Severe allergic reactionslike difficulty breathing, swelling of face and throat
  • Hearing loss
  • Stomach bleeding withsymptoms like vomiting and spitting of blood, black and bloody stool

Stoptaking this medication right away in serious side effects occurs. Seek medicalattention immediately.

Important Information

  • This drug may increaseyour risk from bleeding due to its antiplatelet properties. Talk to your doctorabout this especially if you are taking anticoagulant medications.
  • Avoid drinking alcoholicbeverages if you are taking this medication.
  • Acetylsalicylic Acid mayincrease the uric acid level which causes gout to flare up.
  • Patients with reducedkidney function and liver problems must take this medication with caution.
  • Use this drug with cautionif you are pregnant or a breastfeeding mother.

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