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What Is Aspirin?

Aspirin is one of the world's best-known medications, and is used for everything from headache and fever to joint pain.

Drug Class: NSAIDs
Brand Names:  Anacin, Bayer, Bufferin, Ecotrin

Recommended Dosages

Daily: 3,000 to 4,000 mg daily in three to four doses.

If you are taking more than 3,600 mg of aspirin per day, your doctor should monitor salicylate levels in your blood. Ulcers and internal bleeding can occur without warning. Confusion, deafness, dizziness or ringing in the ears indicates you are taking too much. Tell your doctor if you drink alcohol, use blood thinners, or are sensitive to aspirin or similar drugs. Do not take with aspirin or other products containing aspirin unless told to do so by a doctor. Confusion, deafness, dizziness or ringing in the ears is a sign that you are taking too much of this drug. If you are taking more than 3,600 mg of aspirin per day, your doctor should monitor salicylate levels in your blood. Ulcers and internal bleeding can occur without warning. Before taking any type of NSAID, also tell your doctor if you drink alcohol or take blood thinners (including warfarin), ACE inhibitors, lithium or furosemide. Also report any sensitivity or allergy to aspirin or similar drugs. Do not take NSAIDs late in pregnancy.

Potential Side Effects

Abdominal cramps, pain or discomfort; diarrhea; dizziness; drowsiness; headache; heartburn; nausea; swelling of the feet; vomiting.

Special Instructions

  • Do not take with other prescription or over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
  • Take at the same time every day.
  • Take with food or an antacid.
  • Do not take for more than 10 days for pain or more than 3 days for fever unless directed by a doctor.

[Source: https://www.arthritis.org/drug-guide/nsaids/aspirin]


9 Amazing Aspirin Facts

1. Aspirin is not the same as acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Advil/Motrin), or naproxen (Aleve).

2. How do you take aspirin? Americans most often swallow tablets whole. The British dissolve theirs in water. And the French prefer theirs as suppositories.

3. Ancient Egyptian populations used pain medicine in the form of tree bark. Egyptian doctors used to give their patients willow bark which

contains main raw ingredient in aspirin.

4. Aspirin entered the European market in 1763, after British clergyman Edward Stone chewed on some willow bark and felt a renewed vigor.

He shared the technique with his parishioners and it was found to relieve some symptoms of rheumatic fever. Reverend Stone reported his

discovery to the Royal Society of London, and the rest is history.

5. French chemist Charles Gerhardt (a century later) published an article on how to synthesize salicin (raw aspirin ingredient) in the lab,

creating acetylsalicylic acid, but his work received little attention.

6. 40 yrs later in 1897, German scientist Felix Hoffman (who worked for Bayer Industries) used Gerhardt’s process and took credit for inventing aspirin.

In 1899, aspirin became the first mass-marketed drug.

7. Aspirin isn't just for joint pain. Aspirin has been used to revive car batteries by adding (2) tablets to combine with the battery’s

sulfuric acid. CAUTION: Not a recommended or safe practice.

8. So how does aspirin work? No one knew for sure until the 1970s, when British scientist John Vane discovered that aspirin reduces the

body’s production of prostaglandins—fatty acids that cause swelling and pain.

9. Your body can produce aspirin (kind of). When the body gets a healthy dose of the benzoic acid found in fruits and vegetables , it can

make its own salicylic acid-like compound.

Dead Battery Repair With Aspirin - Myth or Reality [do not try at home]

CAUTION: Do not use aspirin for this or related non-recommended uses! If you have questions and concerns about your joint pain treatment and are looking for advanced treatment options, contact Dr. Cory Calendine, Orthopedic Surgeon, to schedule your appointment today.

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Cory Calendine, MD is an Orthopaedic Surgeon and founding partner of the Bone and Joint Institute of Tennessee at Williamson County Hospital in Franklin, TN. Dr. Calendine is an expert in Joint Replacement, specializing in Hip and Knee Surgery. From diagnosis through treatment, the Orthopaedic Surgical experts at the Bone and Joint Institute use the latest techniques and technology to improve care for people with musculoskeletal problems. For more information, please contact our office or schedule your appointment today.  

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