What is this medicine?
ASPIRIN (AS pir in) is a pain reliever. It is used to treat mild pain and fever. This medicine is also used as directed by a doctor to prevent and to treat heart attacks, to prevent strokes, and to treat arthritis or inflammation.
How should I use this medicine?
Take this medicine by mouth. Chew it completely before swallowing. Follow the directions on the package or prescription label. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 12 years of age for selected conditions, precautions do apply. Children and teenagers should not use this medicine to treat chicken pox or flu symptoms unless directed by a doctor.
Patients over 65 years old may have a stronger reaction and need a smaller dose.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
black, tarry stools
bloody, coffee ground-like vomit
changes in hearing, ringing in the ears
general ill feeling or flu-like symptoms
pain on swallowing
redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth or nose
trouble passing urine or change in the amount of urine
unusual bleeding or bruising
unusually weak or tired
yellowing of the eyes or skin
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
diarrhea or constipation
stomach gas, heartburn
What may interact with this medicine?
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
herbal supplements like feverfew, garlic, ginger, ginkgo biloba, horse chestnut
medicines for diabetes or glaucoma like acetazolamide, methazolamide
medicines for gout
medicines that treat or prevent blood clots like enoxaparin, heparin, ticlopidine, warfarin
other aspirin and aspirin-like medicines
NSAIDs, medicines for pain and inflammation, like ibuprofen or naproxen
varicella live vaccine
What if I miss a dose?
If you are taking this medicine on a regular schedule and miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
Where should I keep my medicine?
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Protect from heat and moisture. Do not use this medicine if it has a strong vinegar smell. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
child with chickenpox, the flu, or other viral infection
if you frequently drink alcohol containing drinks
low level of vitamin K
stomach ulcers or other problems
an unusual or allergic reaction to aspirin, tartrazine dye, other medicines, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
If you are treating yourself for pain, tell your doctor or health care professional if the pain lasts more than 10 days, if it gets worse, or if there is a new or different kind of pain. Tell your doctor if you see redness or swelling. Also, check with your doctor if you have a fever that lasts for more than 3 days. Only take this medicine to prevent heart attacks or blood clotting if prescribed by your doctor or health care professional.
Do not take aspirin or aspirin-like medicines with this medicine. Too much aspirin can be dangerous. Always read the labels carefully.
This medicine can irritate your stomach or cause bleeding problems. Do not smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol while taking this medicine. Do not lie down for 30 minutes after taking this medicine to prevent irritation to your throat.
If you are scheduled for any medical or dental procedure, tell your healthcare provider that you are taking this medicine. You may need to stop taking this medicine before the procedure.