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Aspirin

Last reviewed on RxList: 11/13/2007
Drug Description

Bayer
(aspirin) 325 mg.

DESCRIPTION

Active ingredient (in each tablet)
Aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid). Pain reliever/fever reducer

Inactive ingredients
carnauba wax*, corn starch, hypromellose, powdered cellulose, triacetin

* may contain this ingredient

For Consumers

What are the possible side effects of aspirin?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using this medication and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

  • black, bloody, or tarry stools;
  • coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds;
  • severe nausea, vomiting, or stomach pain;
  • fever lasting longer than 3 days;
  • swelling, or pain lasting longer than 10 days; or
  • hearing problems, ringing in your ears.

Less serious...

Indications & Dosage

INDICATIONS

Uses

DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION

Directions

  • drink a full glass of water with each dose
  • adults and children 12 years and over: take 1 or 2 tablets every 4 hours or 3 tablets every 6 hours, not to exceed 12 tablets in 24 hours
  • children under 12 years: consult a doctor

Other information

  • save carton for full directions and warnings
  • store at room temperature

Questions or comments?
1-800-331-4536 (Mon-Fri 9AM – 5PM EST)
or www.bayeraspirin.com

HOW SUPPLIED

Packaging

Tablets and caplets are available in the following package types:

Travel pack - 12 tablets
Bottles of 24, 50, 100, 200, 300, and 400 tablets
Bottles of 50 and 100 caplets
There are child-resistant safety closures on packages of 12, 24, 50, 200, 300, and 400 tablets and 100 caplets. Bottles of 100 tablets and 50 caplets are available without safety closure for households without small children.

Copyright ©2006 Bayer (aspirin) HealthCare LLC. All Rights Reserved. FDA rev date: 10/25/1995

Side Effects & Drug Interactions

SIDE EFFECTS

No information provided.

DRUG INTERACTIONS

No information provided.

Warnings & Precautions

WARNINGS

Reye's syndrome: Children and teenagers should not use this medicine for chicken pox or flu symptoms before a doctor is consulted about Reye's syndrome, a rare but serious illness reported to be associated with aspirin.

Allergy alert: Aspirin may cause a severe allergic reaction which may include:

  • hives
  • facial swelling
  • asthma (wheezing)
  • shock

PRECAUTIONS

No information provided.

Overdosage & Contraindications

OVERDOSE

No information provided.

CONTRAINDICATIONS

Aspirin is not appropriate for everyone, so be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen.

Clinical Pharmacology

CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY

As the active ingredient in aspirin, acetylsalicylic acid works by inhibiting several different chemical processes within the body, including the natural physiological processes causing pain and inflammation.

Aspirin relieves pain by inhibiting production of chemicals called prostaglandins, aspirin works to diminish the body's response to a chain of chemical processes that eventually leads to pain. This mechanism of action works on a cellular level.

Medication Guide

PATIENT INFORMATION

Alcohol warning: If you consume 3 or more alcoholic drinks every day, ask your doctor whether you should take aspirin or other pain relievers/fever reducers. Aspirin may cause stomach bleeding.

Do not use if you are allergic to aspirin or any other pain reliever/fever reducer

Ask a doctor before use if you have:

  • stomach problems (such as heartburn, upset stomach, or stomach pain) that last or come back
  • bleeding problems
  • ulcers
  • asthma

Ask a doctor or pharmacist before use if you are taking a prescription drug for:

Stop use and ask a doctor if:

  • an allergic reaction occurs. Seek medical help right away.
  • pain gets worse or lasts more than 10 days
  • redness or swelling is present
  • fever lasts more than 3 days
  • new symptoms occur
  • ringing in the ears or loss of hearing occurs

If pregnant or breast-feeding, ask a health professional before use. It is especially important not to use aspirin during the last 3 months of pregnancy unless definitely directed to do so by a doctor because it may cause problems in the unborn child or complications during delivery.

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away.

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