Here are some facts about aspirin that needs to be remembered:

Aspirin is a Non-Steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). By translation, it means that Aspirin does not contain steroids.

Aspirin is an Antipyretic drug. In other words, aspirin is capable of reducing fever.

Aspirin is an analgesic drug. Meaning that it is a (mild) pain reliever. However, aspirin is not an opioid (narcotic). It does not have anesthetic properties either.

Aspirin can be used as an anticoagulant: It can be administered as a prophylactic med prior to surgery. It is prescribed for patients with risk for blood clot to prevent stroke and heart attack. Aspirin blocks thromboxane, a natural chemical responsible for blood clot to achieve its aim as an anticoagulant.

As an NSAID, Aspirin is an anti-inflammatory drug. This means that it can be used to reduce swelling. Pain relieve with aspirin comes from blockage of certain inflammation-causing chemical called cyclo-oxygenase (prostagladin).

It is not recommended for people with peptic ulcers, alcoholism, clotting disorder, and gastrointestinal bleeding, and people who have allergy to NSAIDs. Candidates for dental procedures should let their Doctor know if they are taking Aspirin regularly. Administration may need to stop few days prior to the surgery.

Aspirin is not suitable for use in children. Use of Aspirin in children comes with the risk of Reye’s syndrome (Swelling of the liver and brain).

Anyone who is taking Aspirin should first talk to a Doctor for dose recommendation, contraindications and side effects.

Aspirin can precipitate intestinal bleeding, bruising or inflammation of the stomach.

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