Aspirin is so widely used medicine that it’s hard to imagine someone never heard about it. This is an OTC (over the counter) medication that can be used to treat various aches and pains. It is found very useful in the treatment of fever, inflammation and mild pain, and even the swelling and redness caused by arthritis or some other infection.
Aspirin has been recommended to be used every day in patients suffering from some heart-related problems. This drug has been scientifically proved to promote the health of the human heart and decrease the risk of developing different heart illnesses, even in people who survived heart attack. Low everyday doses of Aspirin, used in these patients are proven to improve the blood flow in the heart, prevent strokes and decrease the seriousness of the heart attack. Aspirin has the same effects even for diabetic patients.
Sometimes, Aspirin can be used to treat gout and gall bladder disease or prevent periodontal disease. Other uses of this multipurpose drug include decrease of the risks: for developing colon and some other cancers and for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
How Much Aspirin Should You Use
There are many forms of Aspirin available at the drugstores. You can find this medication as capsules, chewy tablets, regular tablets or powder. You should always ask your doctor for the opinion on how much Aspirin you should use for a specific situation. However, your pharmacist may also assist you to use proper Aspirin dose.
In most cases, when you want to get rid of some mild pain or a fever, it is safe to use 300 to 1000mg of Aspirin (if you are adult), 3 to 4 times a day. The dose should correspond to the purpose of the use and the sensitivity to this medication, so be aware of that when using Aspirin.
People using Aspirin on a regular daily basis are advised to take about 75 to 325mg per day, but your doctor should recommend the exact dose for you, depending on the severity of your medical condition.
Children younger than 16 years should not take Aspirin, because of the risk for developing serious health problems, known as Reye’s syndrome. This syndrome affects all organs in the body, especially the brain and the liver and it is known to be fatal.
Who Shouldn’t Use Aspirin
Children under 16 years of age should not use Aspirin. Pregnant women and breastfeeding moms should consult their doctor about the use of this medication.
Avoid taking Aspirin some 10 days before any surgical procedure.
Hemophilia patients should not use Aspirin, because it may worsen their medical condition.
People suffering from asthma, diabetes, anemia, ulcers and kidney and liver problems should always consult their doctor, before starting the treatment with this medication.
Be careful when using vitamins, gout and diabetes drugs, blood thinners together with Aspirin, since they may interact and cause some unwanted effects.