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Children'sAspirin



USES: Aspirin is used to relieve mild to moderate pain, reduce fever, and to reduce the pain and swelling in conditions such as arthritis. In low doses, it is used as a "blood thinner" to prevent blood clots, and to reduce the risk of strokes and heart attacks.

 
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Children'sAspirin

Uses
Aspirin is used to relieve mild to moderate pain, reduce fever, and to reduce the pain and swelling in conditions such as arthritis. In low doses, it is used as a "blood thinner" to prevent blood clots, and to reduce the risk of strokes and heart attacks.
Notes
  • There are many different types of aspirin products available.
  • Some have special coatings or contain buffers to prevent stomach irritation and some are long acting.
  • Read labels carefully.
  • Ask your doctor or pharmacist for recommendations on the best product for you.

Storage
  • Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (between 15 and 30 degrees C) away from moisture and sunlight.
  • Do not store in the bathroom.


How To Use
  • Chew thoroughly before swallowing.
  • Use only as directed.
  • May take with food or after meals to prevent stomach upset.
  • You may take this drug with water to help swallow the medication.

Side Effects
  • Stomach upset is the most common side effect.
  • If this effect persists or worsens, notify your doctor promptly.
  • Unlikely but report promptly heartburn, loss of appetite, dizziness, difficulty hearing, ringing in the ears, easy bruising or bleeding or black/bloody stools.
  • Very unlikely but report yellowing eyes/skin or dark urine.
  • In the unlikely event you have an allergic reaction to this drug, seek immediate medical attention.
  • Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash, itching, swelling, dizziness or breathing trouble.
  • If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions
  • Take aspirin only on the advice of a doctor if you have certain medical conditions including allergies, blood disorders, bleeding problems, ulcers, asthma, kidney or liver disease, gout or nasal polyps.
  • Children and teenagers should not take aspirin if they have chickenpox, influenza or any undiagnosed illness without first consulting a doctor about Reye's syndrome, a rare but serious illness.
  • This medicine may cause stomach bleeding.
  • Daily use of alcohol, especially when combined with this medicine, may increase your risk for stomach bleeding.
  • Check with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
  • If you have had oral surgery or your tonsils removed in the last seven days, do not use chewable aspirin tablets, effervescent aspirin or aspirin in crushed tablets or gargles.
  • Aspirin that has a strong vinegar-like odor is too old and should not be used.
  • Aspirin is not recommended for use during pregnancy.
  • Consult your doctor before taking aspirin.
  • Aspirin is excreted into breast milk.
  • Though to date there have been no reports of harm to nursing infants, consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Missed Dose
  • If you miss a dose, take it as soon as remembered; do not take if it is almost time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
  • Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.

Drug Interactions
  • Tell your doctor of all prescription and nonprescription drugs you may use, especially of "blood thinners" (e.g., warfarin, heparin), acetazolamide, corticosteroids (e.g., prednisone), medication for gout or diabetes, methotrexate and NSAIDs (e.g., ibuprofen, naproxen).
  • Consult your doctor before using aspirin.
  • If you have diabetes, regular use of eight or more regular strength aspirin tablets a day may affect test results for urine sugar.
  • Aspirin/NSAIDs are ingredients found in many over-the-counter products.
  • To prevent an overdose of these drugs, read the labels carefully before taking other pain relievers or cold products to be sure they do not contain aspirin/NSAIDs.
  • Consult your pharmacist if you are uncertain your over-the-counter products contain aspirin/NSAIDs.
  • Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

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