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What is Acetylsalicylic Acid used for?

Acetylsalicylic Acid is used for the treatment of fever as well as inflammation and pain caused by various conditions such as arthritis, menstrual pain, headache, migraines, muscle pain, burns, toothache, and common cold. This medicine is also used to treat or prevent heart attacks and strokes. It works by interfering with the production of certain natural substances in the body that cause fever, inflammation, pain, and blood clots. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What is the recommended dosage of Acetylsalicylic Acid?

The dosage of Acetylsalicylic Acid prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

Acetylsalicylic Acid should be taken with food.

What if you miss a dose of Acetylsalicylic Acid?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Acetylsalicylic Acid medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.

What if you overdose on Acetylsalicylic Acid?

Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Acetylsalicylic Acid, seek medical attention immediately.

What other drugs could interact with Acetylsalicylic Acid?

It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Acetylsalicylic Acid.

Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Acetylsalicylic Acid, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Acetylsalicylic Acid can interact with blood thinners, antidiabetes medications, and antacids.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

What are the side effects of Acetylsalicylic Acid?

Like other medicines, Acetylsalicylic Acid can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Acetylsalicylic Acid are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Acetylsalicylic Acid cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Acetylsalicylic Acid develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Acetylsalicylic Acid can cause side effects such as nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, heartburn, headache, and drowsiness. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Acetylsalicylic Acid.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Acetylsalicylic Acid?

Is it possible for me to take Acetylsalicylic Acid with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Acetylsalicylic Acid?
What are the possible drug interactions of Acetylsalicylic Acid?
How will Acetylsalicylic Acid work in my body?
How should Acetylsalicylic Acid be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Acetylsalicylic Acid drug interactions and side effects?


The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Acetylsalicylic Acid is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.


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