Aspirin

Description

Aspirin is an antiplatelet drug which is used to prevent clots in blood vessels and also relieves pain and inflammation. It can be taken in combination with other antiplatelets for a better action. It is not recommended in patients with bleeding disorders. Close monitoring of platelets count is necessary.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Aspirin

  • Abdominal pain
  • Heartburn
  • Constipation
  • Yellow colored eyes or skin
  • Skin rash
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Acid or sour stomach
  • Drowsiness
  • Irritability

Uses of Aspirin

What is it prescribed for?

  • Pain and fever
  • Arthritis
  • Rheumatic fever
  • Acute Coronary Syndrome
  • Kawasaki Disease
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The effect of this medicine can be observed in 5 to 30 minutes after an oral dose.
  • Duration of effect
    The effect of this medicine lasts for an average duration of 4 to 6 hours.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit forming tendency has been reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for pregnant women.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended in breastfeeding women.

Allergy

Not recommended in patients with known allergy to Aspirin

Bleeding disorder

Not recommended in patients with the history of peptic ulcer disease or any bleeding disorder.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for pregnant women.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended in breastfeeding women.
General warnings

Reye's syndrome

Aspirin is not recommended in children with varicella infections or influenza-like illnesses due to the risk of Reye's syndrome.

Gastrointestinal disease.

Aspirin may increase the risk of bleeding, therefore not recommended in patients with peptic ulcer disease or any gastrointestinal bleeding.

Effect on the heart

High doses of Aspirin may cause sodium and water retention and increases the risk of heart failure. Therefore not recommended in patients with heart failure.

Asthma

{Aspirin}} is not recommended in patients with the known history of aspirin-sensitive asthma.

Missed Dose

The missed dose should be taken as soon possible. It is advisable to skip the missed dose if it's already time for your next scheduled dose.

Overdose

Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of overdose.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine

Methotrexate

Captopril

Diclofenac

Antacids

Disease interactions

Bleeding disorders

This medicine may increase the risk of bleeding, therefore should be used with caution in patients with the bleeding disorder. Inform the doctor if you have any gastrointestinal diseases or an injury. Close monitoring of platelets count is necessary.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Take Aspirin as advised by your doctor. Do not take in larger amounts than prescribed. It is advised to take this medicine at the same time every day. Do not take this medicine if you have any bleeding disorder or aspirin-sensitive asthma. Consult the doctor if you experience any undesirable effects
Miscelleneous

Can be taken with or without food, as advised by your doctor

To be taken as instructed by doctor

Does not cause sleepiness

How it works
It works by preventing the platelets to aggregate and also reduces the inflammation.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Approved

Approved

Classification

Category

Antiplatelet agents

Schedule

OTC

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https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/medicine/33364

Prescribing medicines in pregnancy database [Internet]. Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). 2017 [cited 30 May 2017]. Available from:

https://www.tga.gov.au/prescribing-medicines-pregnancy-database#searchname

[Internet]. Toxnet.nlm.nih.gov. 2017 [cited 30 May 2017]. Available from:

https://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/search2/f?./temp/~QFvUX1:1

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Information on this page was last updated on 21 Aug 2018

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