Safety Information About Aspirin
Aspirin contains aspirin. Before you begin taking any new prescription or over-the-counter
medicine, read the ingredients to see if it also contains an aspirin-like medicine. If it
does or if you are uncertain, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
If you consume 3 or more alcohol-containing drinks every day, ask your doctor whether you
should take Aspirin or other pain relievers/fever reducers.
Aspirin may cause stomach
bleeding. Alcohol use combined with Aspirin may increase your risk for stomach bleeding.
Aspirin may reduce the number of blood cells that are needed for clotting. To
prevent bleeding, avoid situations where bruising or injury may occur.
Report any unusual bleeding, bruising, blood in stools, or dark tarry stools to your
Aspirin has been linked to Reye syndrome. Do not give Aspirin to children or teenagers
during or after chicken pox, flu, or other viral infections without checking with your
doctor, nurse, or pharmacist for more information.
If Aspirin has a strong vinegar-like smell upon opening, do not use. It means the
medicine is breaking down. Throw the bottle away safely and out of the reach of
children; contact your pharmacist and replace.
Before you have any medical or dental treatments, emergency care, or surgery, tell the
doctor or dentist that you are using Aspirin.
Do not take Aspirin for at least 7 days after any surgery unless directed by your health
care provider. Do not take Aspirin for more than 10 days for pain or for more than 3 days
for fever unless directed to do so by your health care provider.
Safety in CHILDREN
Talk to you doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions about the brand you are using.
PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING:
If you plan on becoming pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using
Aspirin during pregnancy.
Aspirin is not recommended during the last 3 months (third
trimester) of pregnancy due to the potential for fetal harm or complications during
delivery. Aspirin is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding
while you are using Aspirin, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to