Aspirin (such as Anacin, Bayer, or Bufferin) relieves pain
and reduces fever and inflammation.
Do not give aspirin to anyone younger than 20 unless
your doctor tells you to do so because of the risk of
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Be sure to follow the
nonprescription medicine precautions.
Dosage: Adults (age 20 and older), 650 mg every 4 hours, as needed.
Maximum adult dose is 4,000 mg in a 24-hour period.
Aspirin is a
nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). For information about other
nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
Side effects of aspirin include:
Stomach upset or discomfort, which is the most
common side effect. Taking aspirin with food may help. Ringing in
the ears. Stop taking aspirin or take a smaller dose until the ringing goes
away. Eye problems, such as blurred or double
vision. Dizziness. Rapid, deep breathing.
Stop taking aspirin and call a health professional if side
effects do not go away within 4 hours after the last dose of aspirin was
Reasons not to take aspirin
Do not take aspirin if you:
Are allergic to aspirin. Are pregnant
or trying to become pregnant. Are breast-feeding. Have nasal polyps. Have a blood-clotting
disorder. Have peptic ulcer disease. Have a history of
gastrointestinal bleeding. Have a hangover.
Do not take aspirin if you are taking:
Blood thinners (anticoagulants). Oral