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What is Aspirin?

Aspirin should technically be called by its scientific name, acetylsalicylic acid (or ASA), but everyone knows this medication by its brand. Aspirin is an analgesic, anti-inflammatory and fever reducer that can reduce blood coagulation.

Aspirin caplets are available both over the counter and by prescription in a variety of doses. It can be used for short-term issues and in the longer term as recommended by a doctor.

Uses for Aspirin

Aspirin is most commonly used to treat pain, such as headaches and muscle aches. It can also be used to lower fever. In less common use, Aspirin may also be used on a daily basis to help prevent heart attacks and strokes, but only as advised by a doctor.

Interestingly, Aspirin also has many other unusual uses, particularly when mixed with other substances. For example, it can be used to treat dandruff problems when mixed with shampoo, remove nicotine stains when mixed with lemon juice, and to treat pimples when mixed with water.

Possible Side Effects of Aspirin

Aspirin side effects are considered minimal, but they do exist. Common side effects include heartburn, upset stomach and nausea. Serious side effects include black or bloody stools, diarrhea, vomiting, severe or persistent stomach pain, dizziness, ringing in the ears, hearing loss, drowsiness and confusion. If serious side effects occur, call a doctor or healthcare provider immediately.

Aspirin allergy generally presents with rash, hives or itching, difficulty breathing or tightness in the chest, and swelling of the mouth, lips, face or tongue.

Warnings About Aspirin

The information listed here regarding Aspirin is for reference purposes only, and should not be used in place of medical advice. Although Aspirin is available over the counter, you should always read dosage information carefully and consult a doctor with any questions or if you're interested in Aspirin as a long-term treatment option.

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