Relieves pain, fever, and inflammation. Protects your heart and thins blood.
Our pharmacists’ bottom line
A low dose of Aspirin (81mg) every day can protect your heart, but it's not the best medicine to take for pain, swelling, or fever.
- When taking low doses (81 mg) every day, Aspirin provides protection for your heart and prevents heart attacks and stroke.
- Used in higher doses to relieve pain, swelling, and fever.
- Available over-the-counter in drugstores by itself and in combination with other cold and flu medications.
- Not a preferred medication for treating pain, swelling, or fever due to its high risk of bleeding.
- NSAIDs (like ibuprofen and naproxen) and acetaminophen (Tylenol) are better for treating pain and fever thank Aspirin.
- Aspirin raises your risk of bleeding, especially when used with other blood thinner medications like warfarin (Coumadin).
- Studies show that using higher doses of Aspirin (162 mg or more) every day raises your risk of stomach bleeding and doesn't provide any additional heart protection.
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- Using low doses (81mg) of Aspirin every day can lower your risk of heart attack and stroke, but it isn't good for everyone. Only take Aspirin daily if your doctor recommends it.
- Higher Aspirin doses can be used to treat occasional pain, swelling, and fever. Using ibuprofen or acetaminophen (Tylenol) instead can lower your risk of serious bleeding.
- Take with food to lower the chance of an upset stomach.
- Don't use for kids younger than 18 years old.
- Stop taking this right away and tell your doctor if you have ringing in your ears, unusual bleeding, or nausea or vomiting that doesn't go away.
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- Higher risk if:
- › Children 18 years or younger
- › Children recovering from viral infections
Aspirin use is linked to a condition called Reye's syndrome that causes liver and brain swelling. This is rare but very serious. Let your doctor know about any nausea, vomiting, unusually low energy, or changes in behavior.
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- Tips from our pharmacists
- › Take with food to lower the chance of an upset stomach.