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Acetylsalicylic acid, more commonly known as aspirin, is a painkiller and anti-inflammatory drug that is used to stop blood clots from forming during the earliest signs of a heart attack. Aspirin works by inhibiting the production of prostaglandins, which are hormone-like substances that play a role in pain and inflammation. In addition to its painkilling and anti-inflammatory effects, aspirin also has antiplatelet activity, meaning it prevents blood cells from sticking together and forming clots. This makes aspirin an important drug for preventing heart attacks and strokes.



How to Use It

Aspirin is sold over the counter in doses of 81 milligrams per pill. You should discuss with your doctor how much aspirin to take and how often to take it, as you may need to take a different dosage based on the seriousness of your condition.

Side Effects

While aspirin is generally considered safe, some side effects can occur if it is taken in high doses or if it is taken for a long period. Some of the most common side effects include gastrointestinal problems, such as upset stomach and diarrhea. Aspirin can also cause liver damage in some individuals if it’s used for a long period. In addition, aspirin can lower the blood’s ability to clot, which means that bleeding could occur more easily.

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