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Aspirin is one of the most common anti-inflammatory medicines available.

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How to take - Side Effects - Things To Avoid - Pregnancy

In high doses, it’s used to treat swelling, pain and fever in high doses, while smaller doses can be prescribed to reduce the long term risk of heart attack, stroke and angina.

While you can buy many forms of aspirin over-the-counter, some aspirin-based medication is only available with a prescription. To find out which drug is best for you, speak to one of our doctors today. They’ll listen to your symptoms and offer you expert advice on how to treat your condition.

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Aspirin Dosage

Aspirin is available in many forms, including a chewable tablet or a slow release capsule. Your medicine will come with instructions on how to take it, while your dosage will be clearly explained by your doctor before you start treatment.

It’s important you take your aspirin exactly as instructed. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember, but don’t do so if it’s nearly time for your next dose anyway. Aspirin is often taken at fairly regular intervals, so missing one dose shouldn’t affect your treatment.

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What Are The Side Effects of Aspirin?

The following side effects are fairly common when taking aspirin:

  • Drowsiness
  • Headache
  • Heartburn
  • Tummy ache

There are also some side effects that occur more rarely and are potentially more serious. These include:

  • Blood in poo or vomit - this could indicate bleeding in your stomach
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Tinnitus
  • Seizures
  • Trouble breathing
  • Dizziness
  • Hives

If you experience any of these problems, tell your doctor straight away. You may need to stop taking aspirin and find an alternative medicine.

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Things to avoid

Aspirin is usually not suitable for:

  • Haemophiliacs or people with any blood disorder.
  • People with asthma
  • People with liver or kidney problems
  • People with high blood pressure

In some cases, aspirin may be given to someone who falls into one of these categories. However, if any of the above applies to you, it’s dangerous to take aspirin without talking to a doctor first.

Aspirin and Alcohol

Drinking alcohol increases the chance of bleeding in your stomach. As such, it’s best avoided until you’ve finished your treatment.

Is It Safe to Take Aspirin During Pregnancy?

Women who have had specific problems in previous pregnancies may be asked to take aspirin during pregnancy. However, taking aspirin during your final trimester increases the risk of bleeding for both you and your baby.

The safest approach is to tell your doctor if you’re pregnant or planning to start a family. They may decide to prescribe different medication if they have this information.

There’s evidence to suggest that aspirin can also pass into breast milk and harm your baby, so you should also let your doctor know if you’re breastfeeding.

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Aspirin might not be safe to take if you're pregnant

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If you’re wondering whether aspirin would be a suitable way to treat or manage your pain, talk to one of our doctors today. They’ll provide reliable answers to your questions and, if a prescription is needed, they’ll write you one there and then.

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