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    Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid

    Information about Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid

    Aspirin/acetylsalicylic acid uses

    Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid is used for heart attack. It decreases the chances of having another heart attack or stroke from a disease related to your heart or blood vessels.

    How aspirin/acetylsalicylic acid works

    Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) with anti-platelet action. It works by preventing platelets from sticking together which decreases the formation of harmful blood clots. This lowers the chance of heart attack or stroke.

    Common side effects of aspirin/acetylsalicylic acid

    Indigestion, Heartburn, Stomach upset, Nausea, Vomiting, Increased bleeding tendency
    Content Details
    Written By
    Dr. Anuj Saini
    Reviewed By
    Dr. Varun Gupta
    MD (Pharmacology), MBBS
    Last updated on:
    13 Jan 2020 | 03:53 PM (IST)
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    Expert advice for Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid

    • Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid helps prevent future heart attack and clot-related (ischemic) stroke.
    • It is generally well-tolerated with minimum side effects.
    • Take it with food to avoid an upset stomach.
    • It may make you bleed more easily. Be careful while shaving, using sharp objects, or cutting fingernails or toenails.
    • Inform your doctor if you notice blood in your vomit or have black/tarry stools.
    • Stop taking Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid and tell your doctor if you have ringing in your ears, unusual bleeding, or nausea or vomiting that does not go away.

    Frequently asked questions for Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid

    Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid

    Q. How long should I take Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid for?

    You will need to take Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid for the rest of your life unless stopped by your doctor.

    Q. When will I feel better after taking Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid?

    Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid is known to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. You may not feel any difference after taking Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid. Keep taking it as prescribed by your doctor to keep getting the benefits.

    Q. How long does Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid takes to clear from the body?

    It takes around 10 days for Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid to get cleared from the body after completely stopping this medicine.

    Q. Why is Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid given in pregnancy?

    Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid is generally not recommended in pregnancy. However, Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid may be given in lower doses in certain medical conditions like pre-eclampsia or other clotting disorders.

    Q. What is the best time to take Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid?

    Take Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid as prescribed by your doctor. According to a recent study, taking Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid at nighttime, before you go to sleep, is more effective in reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke.

    Q. Will I need to stop Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid before surgery or dental procedure?

    Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid may increase the risk of bleeding during a surgery or dental procedure. Therefore, you may be asked by your doctor to stop taking Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid. But, never stop taking it on your own.

    Content on this page was last updated on 13 January, 2020, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)