Aspirin

Asprin

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    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.

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    What does it look like?

    Aspirin is usually swallowed and comes in different forms including:
    • Tablets
    • Capsules
    • Suppositories
    • Soluble powders and tablets
    • Liquids

     

Side Effects of Asprin

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    There is no safe level of drug use. Use of any drug always carries some risk – even medications can produce unwanted side effects.

    Aspirin affects everyone differently, based on:

    • Size, weight and health
    • Whether the person is used to taking it
    • Whether other drugs are taken around the same time
    • The amount taken

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    There is no safe level of drug use. Use of any drug always carries some risk – even medications can produce unwanted side effects.

    Aspirin affects everyone differently, based on:

    • Size, weight and health
    • Whether the person is used to taking it
    • Whether other drugs are taken around the same time
    • The amount taken

  • The most common side effects of aspirin are:

    Dizziness, ringing in the ears, blurred vision

    Drowsiness, fatigue, depression

    Thirst, sweating, fluid retention, swollen ankles

    Abdominal discomfort or bloating

    Nausea, heartburn, diarrhea, constipation

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    The most common side effects of aspirin are:

    Dizziness, ringing in the ears, blurred vision

    Drowsiness, fatigue, depression

    Thirst, sweating, fluid retention, swollen ankles

    Abdominal discomfort or bloating

    Nausea, heartburn, diarrhea, constipation

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    Long-term effects:

    Regular use of aspirin may eventually cause the following effects:

    Anaemia (low red blood cell count)

    Easy bruising and abnormal bleeding

    Inflamed stomach lining, stomach bleeding and peptic ulcers

    Vomiting blood that may look like coffee grounds and bowel motions that look like black tar

    An allergic-type reaction, wheezy breathing and a tightness in the chest in adults, hives in children, and in some rare cases swelling of the face, lips, tongue or around the eyes

    Reduced kidney and liver function

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    Long-term effects:

    Regular use of aspirin may eventually cause the following effects:

    Anaemia (low red blood cell count)

    Easy bruising and abnormal bleeding

    Inflamed stomach lining, stomach bleeding and peptic ulcers

    Vomiting blood that may look like coffee grounds and bowel motions that look like black tar

    An allergic-type reaction, wheezy breathing and a tightness in the chest in adults, hives in children, and in some rare cases swelling of the face, lips, tongue or around the eyes

    Reduced kidney and liver function

Mixing Aspirin with other drugs

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    Aspirin + Alcohol

     

    Can increase the risk of stomach irritation and discomfort.

  • Aspirin + Warfarin or some blood pressure medicines

     

    May increase the risk of bleeding.

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The effects of taking Aspirin with other drugs, including alcohol, prescription medications and other over-the-counter medicines can be unpredictable and dangerous.