Aspirin is a pharmaceutical drug used to reduce pain or inflammation. It is classified as a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID).
Aspirin can be used to treat:
It is also used in the prevention of blood clots, heart attacks, strokes and bowel cancer.
Some people misuse aspirin by intentionally taking more than the recommended dose in a mistaken attempt to get ‘high’, or as an act of self-harm.
If the dose is too high, you might overdose. If you have any of these symptoms, call an ambulance straight away by dialing 999 or 112:
There is no safe level of drug use. Use of any drug always carries some risk – even medications can produce unwanted side effects.
The effects of taking Aspirin with other drugs including over-the-counter or prescribed medications can be unpredictable and dangerous.