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:

  • Mild to moderate pain
  • Fever
  • Swollen, red and tender body tissues
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Rheumatic fever

How Is It Used?

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.

Aspirin Overdose

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:

  • Headaches
  • Confusion
  • Fever
  • Deafness
  • Vomiting
  • Rapid and shallow breathing
  • Seizures
  • Stop breathing & Coma

Side Effects of

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.