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ASPIRIN - a patient's guide


Aspirin has a wide range of uses. It can be used for pain relief and to help prevent a heart attack and stroke. This article looks at some of its properties.


  • Aspro
  • Disprin
  • Cartia
  • Solprin

Use: Antipyretic, analgesic, anti-platlet.

This medicine belongs to a group called non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), which is indicated for mild to moderate relief of aches and pains. It is particularly useful for tension headache, muscle pain, toothache, sore throats, arthritis, period and joint pain.

At a lower dose it also has the ability to reduce the risk of heart attacks in high-risk groups (usually 100 - 150mg).

Aspirin is also available in a soluble form, because in solution it can achieve rapid pain relief and is less likely to cause stomach upset.


  • Previous history of an allergy to aspirin
  • Peptic ulcers
  • Children under 12 years (do not use)
  • Pregnancy (especially in the 3rd trimester) and breastfeeding
  • Haemophiliac, asthmatics and gout patients

Side effects:

May precipitate bronchospasm and cause an asthma attack (in about 10 percent of asthmatics).

Gastrointestinal haemorrhage, occasionally severe (seek urgent medical treatment).


Aspirin may prolong the bleeding time of patients on anticoagulants (warfarin).

Patient information:

  • Follow the instructions on the label of the medicine or as directed by your doctor
  • Food: taken with or after food dissolved in or with a glass of water
  • Alcohol: little effect in moderation
  • Avoid other NSAID (Nurofen, Cataflam) drugs while taking aspirin
  • Contact your doctor or seek urgent medical treatment if side.

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