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Aspirin(ASA) is used in fever, headache, arthralgia, myalgia, dental pain, post operative pain, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and rheumatic fever.
It also prevents recurrence of heart attack and stroke.

How it works

Aspirin(asa) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It works by blocking the release of certain chemical messengers that cause fever, pain, swelling, and blood clots.

Common side effects

Gastrointestinal irritation, Nausea, Vomiting, Dyspepsia, Gastritis, Bleeding disorder, Reduced blood platelets, Gastric erosion, Gastric ulcer

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Expert advice

• Take the drug with food to lower the chances of an upset stomach
• Consult your doctor if you have ringing in ears, unusual bleeding or nausea or vomitting after taking this drug
• Do not take this drug if you have or had stomach ulcer. 
• Do not start or continue the aspirin tablets and consult your doctor:
          - If you are allergic (hypersensitive) to aspirin or any of the other ingredients of aspirin tablet.
          - If you have history of asthma, urticarial, rhinitis, hay fever, chronic respiratory diseases,nasal polyps or other sensitivity reaction precipitated by other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents.

Frequently asked questions


Q. Is aspirin an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug)?
Yes, aspirin is an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug). It is often used to treat arthritis, minor body aches, and pains, pains aggravated by inflammation, headaches, and to reduce fever.
Q. Is aspirin same as disprin, ecosprin, asaphen and loprin?
Disprin, ecosprin, asaphen, and loprin are the three brand medicines that contain aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) as the main ingredient.
Q. Is aspirin a beta blocker?
No, aspirin is not a beta blocker.
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Q. Is aspirin good for a hangover headache?
No. Aspirin should not be used for alcohol hangover/ hangover headache, as its use with alcohol can increase the risk of stomach bleeding.
Q. Is aspirin a blood thinner?
Aspirin reduces the effect of certain chemical messenger systems in the body. These compounds are responsible for platelet aggregation or blood clotting. Consequently, Aspirin may considerably reduce the risk of clot formation.
Q. Is aspirin beneficial in certain diseases of heart?
Yes. Aspirin at a low dose is generally prescribed by the physician if you are at an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, after stent placement or after coronary artery bypass or if you have chest pain due to coronary artery disease (angina). It should be taken for a heart condition only when prescribed by a physician/ cardiologist.
Q. Is aspirin good for hair growth?
No, aspirin does not play any role in hair growth.
Q. Is aspirin safe?
Aspirin is safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by the physician/doctor.
Q. Is asacol aspirin?
No, asacol is not aspirin. Asacol is 5-aminosalicylic acid and is used in the treatment of ulcerative colitis.
Q. Are aspirin and ASA (acetylsalicylic acid) the same?
Yes, aspirin and ASA (acetylsalicylic acid) are the names for the same medicine. Aspirin is called so, as it is a derivative of the salicylic acid and is commonly abbreviated as ASA.

Content on this page was last updated on 11 April, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)