Brand names: Ascriptin, Bayer, Bufferin, Ecotrin, Empirin and others.
Class of drugs: Platelet aggregation inhibitor (blood thinner).
Aspirin helps prevent blood from clotting after transplant surgery.
Aspirin comes in many forms, including suppositories, capsules, gum, and effervescent tablets. Your doctor can help you decide which form is best for you and will tell you how much to take at each dose. If regular aspirin tablets cause a bad taste or aftertaste, burning in the throat, or are difficult to swallow, try taking coated tablets. Take regular, coated, and controlled release aspirin tablets and capsules with a full glass of water or milk and after meals to avoid stomach upset. Chewable aspirin tablets may be chewed, crushed, dissolved in a liquid, or swallowed whole. Drink a full glass of water, milk, or fruit juice immediately after taking the tablets. An oral liquid form of aspirin can be prepared by dissolving effervescent tablets (Alka-Seltzer) according to the directions on the package.
Before taking aspirin, tell your doctor:
Take aspirin only as directed. It will not work properly if you take less than directed. Taking more than directed might increase the chance of bleeding or other serious side effects. Aspirin might increase the risk of serious bleeding. If you need surgery or certain types of dental work, you might need to stop taking this medicine about 5 to 10 days ahead of time. Do not stop taking this medicine for any reason without first checking with the doctor who told you to take it.
The most common side effects of aspirin include:
If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:
Report the following side effects to your doctor as soon as possible:
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is close to when you are scheduled to take your next dose, skip the missed dose and proceed with your regular schedule. Do not take a double dose.
Aspirin should be kept in its original container, tightly sealed and away from children. The tablet form should be stored at room temperature, away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom), and out of direct sunlight. Throw away any medicine that is outdated or unused.
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