Aspirin is the Bayer brand name for acetylsalicylic acid. It is a widely known drug used as an analgesic (painkiller) to relieve minor aches and pains. It is used as an antipyretic to reduce fever, and can also be used as an anti-inflammatory.
Acetylsalicylic acid stops the formation of platelets at areas of damage to the body. Platelet formation is generally a normal part of the healing process, but if a platelet patch becomes too large, it can block blood flow.
Low doses of aspirin can also be used to help prevent heart attacks and strokes over long periods of time. Aspirin is the first drug that was discovered from the group of drugs known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
It is possible to buy Aspirin in many countries, as it is one of the world's most popular drugs. If a person were seeking to buy generic Aspirin, it might be found under some of the following names: Halfpri, Norwich Aspirin, St. Joseph Aspirin, Stanback Analgesic, Tri-Buffered Aspirin, YSP Aspirin, Zorprin, Genacote, Aspirin Lite Coat, Bufferin, Easprin, Ecotrin, Empirin, Fasprin, Aspergum and Aspir-Low.Anyone seeking to buy Canadian aspirin might find it under one of these brand names; alternatively, it may be under each store's own branding.
How to use Aspirin
Aspirin is a non-prescription drug, which means that it is available over-the-counter, and is commonly used to treat mild to moderate pain, reduce fever or treat inflammation. If used under these circumstances, it is important to rigidly follow the manufacturer guidelines for the individual product.
Aspirin can also be used alongside other treatments for cardiovascular conditions, and this type of usage should only be done under the strict supervision of a doctor. Aspirin should not be used on children to combat fever, due to the risk of developing Reye's syndrome.
It is important to avoid the use of alcohol while using aspirin, as alcohol use could increase the chance of the side effects listed below. Use of this drug could harm unborn children, so it is important to keep your doctor informed if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
Contraindications for this product include an allergy to ibuprofen or naproxen, salicylate intolerance, general intolerance to non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), gout, and the incidence of asthma or NSAID-induced broncospasm. These contraindications suggest that a person is at risk of an adverse reaction to Aspirin. Professional medical advice should be sought under these conditions to assure that safe use of Aspirin is possible.
An overdose can either occur in a short period by taking significantly oversized dose, or over a long time by overdosing slightly. Therefore it is particularly important to ensure that one strictly adheres to dose guidelines.
The main documented side effects of aspirin include:
This is not a complete list, so if any of these or other unexpected side effects are experienced while using Aspirin, it is important to contact your doctor.
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