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Aspirin

This type of NSAID is used to treat mild to moderate pain and help reduce fever. It is also used to help prevent heart attacks and stroke in people who have angina (chest pain) and in those who have had a previous heart attack or stroke. You should never take aspirin for your heart without first asking your doctor.

 

OTC Brand Names (not a complete list) Possible Complications Precautions

Bayer Aspirin

Bufferin

Ecotrin

Excedrin

St. Joseph

Some brands, such as Alka Seltzer, Goody's, and others, contain aspirin along with other ingredients.

 

Aspirin may cause stomach irritation and heartburn.Some medications, smoking, and drinking alcohol can increase this risk.

Serious side effects requiring immediate attention include:

  • Bloody, tarry black stools
  • Vomiting blood that looks like coffee grounds

A serious  allergic reaction is also possible; call 911 if you have:

  • Hives
  • Facial swelling
  • Asthma/ wheezing

Also call your doctor if you have ringing in your ears or hearing problems.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Children and teens under age 18 should not take aspirin because of the risk of developing Reye Syndrome, a potentially fatal condition.

 

Talk with your doctor before taking this medication if you:

  • are allergic to aspirin or other NSAIDs
  • have stomach bleeding or ulcers or other bleeding disorders
  • have kidney disease, liver cirrhosis
  • are pregnant
  • have a history of asthma

If you are having surgery, including dental surgery, be sure to tell your dentist or doctor that you take aspirin.

Check with your doctor or pharmacist about drug interactions with other medications or supplements you are taking.

 

NSAIDs (Ibuprofen/ Naproxen Sodium )

These medications are used to treat mild to moderate pain and reduce fever. People take them to treat pain due to arthritis, menstrual cramps, cold and fever, muscles aches, toothaches, backaches, and headaches.

 

OTC Brand Names (Not a complete list) Possible Complications Precautions

Ibuprofen:

Advil

Midol Liquid Gels

Motrin

Some brands, such as Advil Cold and Sinus, contain ibuprofen along with other medicines.

 

Naproxen:

Aleve

Midol Extended Relief

Some brands, such as Aleve Cold and Sinus, contain naproxen sodium along with other medicines.

 

NSAIDs can irritate the stomach lining and increase the risk for stomach bleeding and ulcers. Some medications, smoking, and drinking alcohol can increase this risk.

Serious side effects that require immediate attention include:

  • Bloody, tarry black stools
  • Vomiting blood that looks like coffee grounds

A serious  allergic reaction is also possible; call 911 if you have:

  • Hives
  • Facial swelling
  • Asthma/ wheezing

 

 

 

Talk with your doctor before taking this medication if you:

  • are allergic to aspirin or other NSAIDs
  • drink more than three alcoholic drinks a day
  • have kidney disease, liver cirrhosis, high blood pressure, or heart disease
  • have stomach bleeding or ulcers or other bleeding disorders
  • are pregnant
  • have a history of asthma

If you are having surgery, including dental surgery, be sure to tell your dentist or doctor that you take NSAIDs.

Check with your doctor or pharmacist about drug interactions with other medications or supplements you are taking.

 

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