This medication is used to reduce fever and relieve minor to moderate pain from conditions such as muscle aches, toothaches, menstrual cramps, arthritis, and headaches. Aspirin is known as a salicylate and a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that works by blocking a certain natural substance in your body to reduce pain and swelling.Aspirin is also used in low doses as a blood thinner to prevent blood clots after surgery on clogged arteries (e.g., bypass surgery, carotid endarterectomy) and to reduce the risk of stroke or heart attack.
How to use
If you are using this medication for self-treatment, carefully read the product label to make sure this product is correct for you or your child. You should also read the product label to find recommendations on the maximum number of suppositories you can use in a 24-hour period, and the maximum length of self-treatment before seeking medical advice. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions about this medication. If you are using this medication under the instruction of your doctor, use it exactly as prescribed.Apply this medication rectally as directed by your doctor, or, if you are self-treating, follow instructions on the product label. If the suppository is too soft to insert, put it in cold water or refrigerate for 30 minutes before removing the foil wrapper. Unwrap the foil and moisten the suppository with a little water. Lie down on your left side with right knee bent. Insert the suppository into the rectum with your finger. Remain lying down for a few minutes and avoid having a bowel movement for an hour or longer so the drug will be absorbed.The dosage and length of aspirin treatment are based on your medical condition and response to therapy. Consult your doctor before treating a child younger than 12. This medication should not be used for self-treatment of pain for longer than 10 days in adults or 5 days in children. This drug should not be used in adults or children for fever persisting longer than 3 days or for sore throat pain lasting longer than 2 days. No more than 5 doses of this medication should be given to a child for pain or fever in a 24-hour period. Do not use more medication or use it for longer than recommended above unless directed by your doctor. Use the smallest effective dose. Consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.If you are using this medication for self-treatment of headache, seek immediate medical attention if you also have slurred speech, weakness on one side of the body, or sudden vision changes. Before using this drug, consult a doctor or pharmacist if you have headaches caused by head injury, coughing, or bending, or if you have a headache with persistent/severe vomiting, fever, and stiff neck.If you are using this medication on an as needed basis (not on a regular schedule), remember that pain medications work best if they are used as the first signs of pain occur. If you wait until the pain has significantly worsened, the medicine may not work as well.Consult your doctor if your condition persists or worsens (e.g., new or unusual symptoms, redness/swelling of the painful area, pain/fever that does not go away or gets worse).
Before taking aspirin, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it or to other salicylates (e.g., choline salicylate) or to other pain relievers or fever reducers (acetaminophen, NSAIDs such as ibuprofen, naproxen) or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.If your have any of the following health problems, consult your doctor or pharmacist before using this medication: kidney or liver disease, diabetes, stomach problems (e.g., ulcers, heartburn, stomach pain), bleeding/blood-clotting disorders (e.g., hemophilia, vitamin K deficiency, low platelet count), aspirin-sensitive asthma (a history of worsening breathing with runny/stuffy nose after taking aspirin or other NSAIDs), growths in the nose (nasal polyps), gout, anemia, certain enzyme deficiencies (pyruvate kinase or G6-PD deficiency).This medicine may cause stomach bleeding. Daily use of alcohol and tobacco, especially when combined with this product, may increase your risk for this side effect. Limit alcoholic beverages, and stop smoking. Check with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are using this medication.Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of this drug, especially stomach/intestinal bleeding and ulcers.This drug contains aspirin. Children and teenagers less than 18 years old should not use aspirin if they have chickenpox, influenza or any undiagnosed illness without first consulting a doctor about Reyes syndrome, a rare but serious illness.Aspirin is not recommended for use during pregnancy. Consult your d