Aspirin for Pain, Fever, and Inflammation

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Topic Overview

Aspirin (such as Bayer or Bufferin) relieves pain and reduces fever and inflammation.

Warning:Do not give aspirin to anyone younger than 20unless your doctor tells you to do so because of the risk ofReye syndrome.

Be sure to follow thenonprescription medicine precautions.

Aspirin is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). For information about other NSAIDs, seenonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

Side effects of aspirin include:

  • Stomach upset or discomfort, which is the most common side effect. Taking aspirin with food may help.
  • Ringing in the ears. Stop taking aspirin or take a smaller dose until the ringing goes away.
  • Eye problems, such as blurred or double vision.
  • Dizziness.
  • Rapid, deep breathing.

Stop taking aspirin and call a health professional if side effects do not go away within 4 hours after the last dose of aspirin was taken.

Reasons not to take aspirin

Do not take aspirin if you:

  • Are allergic to aspirin.
  • Are pregnant or trying to become pregnant.
  • Are breastfeeding.
  • Have nasal polyps.
  • Have a blood-clotting disorder or take blood thinners (anticoagulants).
  • Have peptic ulcer disease.
  • Have a history of gastrointestinal bleeding.
  • Have a hangover.

Credits

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Elizabeth T. Russo, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerDavid Messenger, BSc, MD, FRCPC, FCCP - Emergency Medicine, Critical Care Medicine

Current as ofNovember 20, 2017