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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

    Hepatitis (viral infection of liver), Indigestion, Increased liver enzymes, Reye(s) syndrome like symptoms
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    Dr. Ashish Ranjan
    MD (Pharmacology), MBBS
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    Dr. Varun Gupta
    MD (Pharmacology), MBBS
    Last updated on:
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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, cutting fingernails or toenails, or using sharp objects.
    • 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. Is Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid a blood thinner?

    Yes, Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid acts as a blood thinner. In low doses, it has antiplatelet action and it prevents the platelets from sticking together. This helps to decrease the risk of blood clot formation in blood vessels and provides protection from heart attack and stroke.

    Q. Is Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug)?

    Yes, Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid is a NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug). In low doses, it protects the heart and prevents heart attacks and stroke. In higher doses, it relieves mild to moderate pain, fever, and inflammation and is useful in arthritis, minor body aches, and pains and headache.

    Q. Can I take Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid and clopidogrel together?

    Yes, you can take Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid and clopidogrel together. Fixed-dose combinations of clopidogrel and Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid are available and effectively lowers the risk of heart attack and is used in patients after a coronary artery stent but it can increase the risk of bleeding.

    Q. Is Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid good for a hangover headache?

    No, Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid should not be used for alcohol hangover/ hangover headache. Alcohol use cause damage to the stomach lining and use of aspirin along with can increase the risk of stomach bleeding.

    Q. Is Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid beneficial in certain diseases of heart?

    Yes, at low dose, Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid is beneficial for patients who are at an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. It is also advised after stent placement or coronary artery bypass. In low doses, it does not allow the platelets to stick together and decreases the risk of blood clot formation.

    Q. Can I take Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid empty stomach?

    Yes, Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid can be taken in an empty stomach particularly to increase its rate and extent of absorption, as the presence of food interferes with Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid absorption. Having said so, aspirin taken in an empty stomach can irritate the stomach surface and cause erosions.

    Q. Is Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid good for hair growth?

    No, Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid is not known to play any role in hair growth. It is a NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug). In low doses, it protects the heart and prevents heart attacks and stroke. In higher doses, it relieves mild to moderate pain, fever, and inflammation

    Q. Is Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid safe?

    Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid is safe to use in the doses as advised by the doctor, however, there are some common side effects associated with its use like nausea, vomiting, dyspepsia, gastritis, bleeding disorder, decreased blood platelets, gastric erosion, and gastric ulcer.

    Q. Can I take Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid with Tamsulosin?

    Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid and Tamsulosin can be taken together. There are no known drug-drug interactions when they are used together.

    Q. Can I take Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid with famotidine?

    Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid can be taken with famotidine. Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid is a pain killer and belongs to the group of NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents) which can increase the gastric acid secretion and worsen stomach acidity, heartburn, and stomach ulcers and drugs like Famotidine are used to prevent and treat gastric problems caused by painkillers.

    Q. Can I take fexofenadine with Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid?

    Yes, you can take fexofenadine with Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid. Fexofenadine is an anti-histaminic drug used for the treatment of allergic diseases and Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid is a NSAID (non-steroidal inflammatory drug) and has antiplatelet action and helps to relieve pain, fever, and swelling. There are no reported drug interactions or harmful effects when they are used together.

    Q. Are Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid and ASA (acetylsalicylic acid) the same?

    Yes, Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid and ASA (acetylsalicylic acid) are the names for the same medicine. Aspirin is called acetylsalicylic acid, as it is an acetyl derivative of the salicylic acid and is commonly abbreviated as ASA.

    Q. Does Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid cause H. pylori infection?

    Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid is not known to cause Helicobacter Pylori infection. However, its use in patients already having H. pylori infection can cause an increased risk of stomach ulcers and bleeding due to these ulcers.

    Q. Can I take ibuprofen after Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid?

    It is advisable to not take ibuprofen with Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid. Your doctor can suggest an alternative. Ibuprofen can decrease the antiplatelet effect of Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid. When taken together, they can cause increased anticoagulation and potassium levels. Also, Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid can increase the level of ibuprofen. If needed, take ibuprofen 8 hours before Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid or 2 to 4 hours after.

    Q. How and where is Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid metabolized?

    After oral intake, Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid rapidly gets converted to salicylic acid, its major active circulating form. Both are primarily metabolized (broken down) in the liver to salicyluric acid and products like phenolic and acyl glucuronides and others. All metabolites are excreted through the kidneys.

    Q. Why is Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid contraindicated in patients with asthma?

    Yes, use of Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid is contraindicated in patients with asthma, rhinitis and nasal polyps. Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid can cause allergic reactions like urticaria (raised, itchy, skin rashes), angioedema (swelling of skin and tissue under the skin), or bronchospasm (narrowing of the airway).

    Q. Is there any interaction between Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid and vitamin D?

    No, drug-drug interactions or additional harmful effects have been reported when Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid and vitamin D are used together.

    Q. What are the allergic reactions to Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid?

    Allergic reactions to Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid can predominantly affect the respiratory airway tract causing nasal congestion, running nose and difficulty in breathing or the allergic reactions can be limited resulting in urticaria (raised, itchy, skin rashes) and angioedema (swelling of the lower layer of skin and tissue just under the skin).

    Q. How is Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid helpful to prevent stroke?

    Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid helps in stopping the processes of platelet adhesion and aggregation (clumping of platelets). Thereby, the risk of formation of blood clots in the vessels supplying the brain is reduced leading to lesser chances of occurrences of stroke.

    Q. Is Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid bad for your liver?

    No, as such Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid does not harm your liver. However, if you already have some liver disorder or haven taken Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid at high doses, there can be occurrence Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid-related toxicity. Hence, it is necessary to disclose your liver condition to the treating physician.

    Q. How does Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid act as an antiplatelet drug?

    Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid blocks the enzyme cyclooxygenase which is necessary for the production of thromboxane. Thromboxane normally acts as a pro-aggregatory agent causing the platelets to clump and form a clot. Hence, Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid by blocking the action of thromboxane functions as an antiplatelet drug.

    Q. Does Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid really work for acne?

    Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid contains acetyl salicylic acid. And salicylic acid is a common component of most of the topical (local application) creams of acne. However, Aspirin/Acetylsalicylic acid as such is not used in the management of acne.

    Content on this page was last updated on 24 September, 2019, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)