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Aspirin is a well-known drug that has a wide variety of applications. As a salicylate, aspirin has long been an accepted pharmacy drug prescribed to treat many conditions by reducing fever and relieving pain. Aspirin is classified as an NSAID (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug) and is commonly utilized to fight headaches and toothaches, to relieve pain associated with a cold, to combat arthritis, muscle aches, and more. In patients who have recently undergone heart surgery, doctors often prescribe aspirin to act as a blood-thinning agent.

How to Use Aspirin

Take aspirin according to the directions on the product's packaging. Aspirin is generally taken orally with a full glass of water. Consult with your pharmacist if you have questions.

Possible Side Effects

Any medication can possibly cause side effects and while aspirin is generally tolerated well by most patients, it has caused side effects and may contribute to any of the following:

  • Nausea
  • Heartburn
  • Dyspepsia (upset stomach)

If you experience any side effects, listed above or otherwise, and they linger or worsen, or you experience any side effects that are concerning to you, consult with your physician. Serious Side Effects: As there are a myriad of serious side effects that could be possible with the use of aspirin, consult your physician before beginning an aspirin regimen and they will review your full medical history, discuss signs of serious side effects to watch for, and decide if aspirin is safe for you.


Aspirin can have a negative interaction with many drugs, so it is imperative for everyone considering taking aspirin to first consult with their physician and discuss all the medications they are taking currently, medical history, and treatment options. Do not drink any alcoholic beverages while taking aspirin as it can lead to stomach bleeding, a very serious condition that requires immediate medical attention. Do not take aspirin if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, or currently breast feeding or planning to begin breast feeding unless you first consult with your physician and are given their approval for the use of this drug.

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