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What is aspirin?

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Aspirin is another name for acetylsalicylic acid, a common pain reliever (also called an analgesic). The earliest known uses of the drug can be traced back to the Greek physician Hippocrates in the fifth century BC. He used powder taken from the bark of willows to treat pain and lower fever.

SOURCES:

eMedicineHealth: "Aspirin Poisoning." 

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Poison Control Center: "Aspirin: The Basics."

UpToDate: "Salicylate (aspirin) poisoning in adults."

American Association of Poison Control Centers.

MedlinePlus: "Aspirin overdose."

 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on June 14, 2020

SOURCES:

eMedicineHealth: "Aspirin Poisoning." 

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Poison Control Center: "Aspirin: The Basics."

UpToDate: "Salicylate (aspirin) poisoning in adults."

American Association of Poison Control Centers.

MedlinePlus: "Aspirin overdose."

 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on June 14, 2020

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