Acetylsalicylic Acid. Commonly referred to as aspirin. Aspirin is the trademark of the Bayer Corporation for Acetylsalicylic Acid. An other NSAID, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug.
Used as a pain reliever, fever reducer, and anti-inflammatory medication. Also used as a blood thinner. The active ingredient, salicylic acid, has been used through out history being found in willow tree bark. People have chewed on the bark, made tea, and used it as poultice since time began.
The old joke on Doctors for many years was ”Take two aspirin and call me in the morning,” The humor has left the building .
Considered by many to be one of the safer NSAIDs there are still serous complications to be taken into account when using the drug. Mainly due to the effects on the stomach, gastrointestinal track, and bleeding. Acetylsalicylic Acid hampers the blood’s clotting ability. Those dealing with diabetes, even mild cases, are suggested to consult with their doctor about it’s use.
In recent years a low dose of the drug has been recommend to heart attack and stroke victims. Also those who show risk factors of same. This is due to the blood thinning properties. Never start a daily regiment of this drug with out first consulting your doctor.
The drug has been associated with Reye’s syndrome and is not recommended for children, under the age of 18, showing symptoms or chicken pox or flu. During my generation this was the “go to drug” for fever. Times change.
The drug is not recommend if you have allergies or asthma. Ulcers or any bleeding disorder. Liver or kidney disease. Any blood clotting problems. If you suffer with Gout.
Kind of an oxymoron there is risk of heart attack and stroke with this NSAD. Because of it’s ability to loosen clotting that may be present in the body. These particles can travel to the heart and brain causing a blockage in blood flow leading to heart attack and stroke.
As with any NSAID never combine them with alcohol.
How often do we “pop” a pill never paying attention to the label? Just because they are on the shelf and readily available doesn’t mean they are safe for everyone. It’s time we all started paying attention to labeling and warnings on the packaging before we buy let alone put it in our bodies.
I invite you to join our community of people keeping up on the news about oral pain killers.
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