Last updated : March 26, 2017
Aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) is a pharmaceutical drug used to reduce pain or inflammation. It is classified as a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID).
Aspirin can be used to treat:
It is also used in the prevention of blood clots, heart attacks, strokes and bowel cancer.1
Some people misuse aspirin by intentionally taking more than the recommended dose in a mistaken attempt to get ‘high’, or as an act of self-harm.2
Aspirin is usually swallowed and comes in different forms including:
Aspirin may also be known by its brand or trade names. Some common examples include:
|Generic name||Brand names|
|Aspirin||Aspro Clear®, Disprin®|
|Aspirin and codeine||Aspalgin®, Codral Cold & Flu Original®|
There is no safe level of drug use. Use of any drug always carries some risk – even medications can produce unwanted side effects. It’s important to be careful when taking any type of drug.
Aspirin affects everyone differently, based on:
The most common side effects of aspirin are:
If the dose is too high, you might overdose. If you have any of these symptoms, call an ambulance straight away by dialling triple zero (000). Ambulance officers do not have to involve the police.
Regular use of aspirin may eventually cause the following effects. It’s best to discuss the side effects of long term use with a medical practitioner.
The effects of taking aspirin with other drugs, including alcohol, prescription medications and other over-the-counter medicines, are often unpredictable.
Aspirin + alcohol: can increase the risk of stomach irritation and discomfort.1
Aspirin + warfarin or some blood pressure medicines: may increase the risk of bleeding.1
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