Alka-Seltzer, Bayer, Bufferin
How is it Administered?
Aspirin comes as a regular, coated, extended-release (long-acting),
chewable, or effervescent tablet (dissolved in liquid).
What is Aspirin Used For?
Aspirin is used to relieve mild to moderate pain; reduce fever, redness, and swelling; and to help prevent blood from clotting.
What Should I Tell My Doctor Before I Begin Taking Aspirin?
Tell your doctor:
- if you are allergic to aspirin, other arthritis or pain medications
- what prescription and nonprescription medications you are taking, especially anticoagulants ('blood thinners') such as warfarin (Coumadin); corticosteroids such as cortisone (Cortone), dexamethasone (Decadron), hydrocortisone (Cortef), or prednisone (Deltasone); medications for diabetes, gout, or high blood pressure
- if you have or have ever had anemia, hemophilia or other bleeding problems, a history of ulcers, asthma, kidney or liver disease, or gout
- if you have diabetes. Talk to your doctor about proper monitoring of your blood sugar while taking aspirin
How Should I Take Aspirin?
- Regular, coated, and extended-release aspirin tablets and capsules should be swallowed with a full glass of water or milk or after meals to avoid stomach upset.
- An oral liquid form of aspirin can be prepared by dissolving effervescent tablets (Alka-Seltzer) in water.
What Are Some Possible Side Effects I May Experience?
Although side effects from aspirin are not common, they can occur. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
- upset stomach
- stomach pain
When To Call Your Doctor
Call your doctor immediately if you experience:
- ringing in the ears
- loss of hearing
- bloody or black stools
- difficulty breathing
- mental confusion
- skin rash