Information Source for Aspirin Regimen

Gastroenterologist's say a low-dose aspirin regimen therapy can beat (high-cost with side-effects) anti-platelet drugs.

Why is this Medication Prescribed?

Aspirin is used to relieve mild to moderate pain; reduce fever, redness, and swelling; and to help prevent blood from clotting. It is used to relieve discomfort caused by numerous medical problems, including headache, infections, and arthritis. It is also used to reduce the risk of a second heart attack or stroke. Larger doses of aspirin are used to treat gout.

This medication is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

How should this Medicine be used?

Aspirin comes as a regular, coated, extended-release (long-acting), chewable, and effervescent tablet; capsule; and gum to take by mouth and a suppository to use rectally. Aspirin is often taken without a prescription. If your doctor prescribes aspirin for you, you will receive specific directions for how often you should take it. Follow the directions on the package or prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take aspirin exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.

Do not break, crush, or chew extended-release tablets and do not open extended-release capsules; swallow them whole.

If regular aspirin tablets cause a bad taste or aftertaste or burning in the throat, try taking coated tablets to avoid these problems.

Regular, coated, and extended-release aspirin tablets and capsules should be swallowed with a full glass of water or milk or 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 these tablets.

An oral liquid form of aspirin can be prepared by dissolving effervescent tablets (Alka-Seltzer) according to the directions on the package.

To insert an aspirin suppository into the rectum, follow these steps:

Adults should not take aspirin for pain for more than 10 days (5 days for children) without talking to a doctor. Aspirin should not be taken by adults or children for high fever, fever lasting longer than 3 days, or recurrent fever unless under a doctor's supervision. Do not give more than five doses to a child in a 24-hour period unless directed to do so by a doctor.

What Special Precautions Should I Follow?

Before taking aspirin:

What Special Dietary Instructions Should I Follow?

To prevent stomach upset, take aspirin with meals, a full glass of water, or milk.

What Should I do if I Forget a Fose?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.

What Side Effects can this Medication Cause?

Although side effects from aspirin are not common, they can occur. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:

If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:

What Storage Conditions are needed for this Medicine?

Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Do not use tablets that have a strong vinegar smell. Store aspirin suppositories in a cool place or in a refrigerator. Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medication.

In Case of Emergency/Overdose

In case of overdose, call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call local emergency services at 911.

What Other Information Should I Know?

Keep all appointments with your doctor and the laboratory. Your doctor may order certain lab tests to check your response to aspirin.

If you have diabetes, regular use of eight or more regular strength aspirin tablets a day may affect test results for urine sugar. Talk to your doctor about proper monitoring of your blood sugar while taking aspirin.

If you have had oral surgery or tonsils removed in the last 7 days, do not use chewable or effervescent aspirin tablets, gum, or aspirin in crushed tablets or gargles.

Do not let anyone else take your medication. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about aspirin.

Brand Names

Adprin B® Tri-Buffered Caplets®

Alka-Seltzer® Effervescent Pain Reliever and Antacid

Alka-Seltzer® Extra Strength Effervescent Pain Reliever and Antacid

Alka-Seltzer® Flavored Effervescent Pain Reliever and Antacid

Ascriptin® Arthritis Pain Caplets®

Ascriptin® Enteric Adult Low Strength

Ascriptin® Enteric Regular Strength

Ascriptin® Maximum Extra Strength Caplets®

Ascriptin® Regular Strength


Bayer ® Aspirin with Calcium Regimen Caplets®

Bayer® Aspirin Arthritis Pain Regimen Extra Strength Caplets®

Bayer® Aspirin Caplets®

Bayer® Aspirin Extra Strength Caplets®

Bayer® Aspirin Extra Strength Gelcaps®

Bayer® Aspirin Extra Strength Tablets

Bayer® Aspirin Gelcaps®

Bayer® Aspirin Plus Buffered Extra Strength Caplets®

Bayer® Aspirin Regimen Adult Low Strength

Bayer® Aspirin Regimen Children's Chewable

Bayer® Aspirin Regimen Regular Strength Caplets®

Bayer® Aspirin Tablets

Bufferin® Arthritis Strength Caplets®

Bufferin® Enteric Low Dose Caplets®

Bufferin® Extra Strength

Bufferin® Tablets

Darvon® Compound Pulvules®



Ecotrin® Adult Low Strength

Ecotrin® Maximum Strength


Excedrin® Extra-Strength Caplets®

Excedrin® Extra-Strength Geltabs

Excedrin® Extra-Strength Tablets

Excedrin® Migraine Caplets®

Excedrin® Migraine Geltabs

Excedrin® Migraine Tablets



Genacote® Maximum Strength

Goody's® Body Pain Powders

Goody's® Extra Strength Headache Powders

Goody's® Extra Strength Tablets


Magnaprin® Arthritis Strength

Magnaprin® Improved

Norwich® Aspirin

Norwich® Aspirin Maximum Strength





St. Joseph® Aspirin Adult Chewable®



Talwin® Compound Caplets®

Vanquish® Caplets®


Brand Names of Combination Products

  • Aggrenox® containing Aspirin and Dipyridamole
  • Alka-Seltzer® Plus Cold & Sinus Medicine Effervescent containing Aspirin and Phenylpropanolamine Bitartrate
  • Anacin® Caplets® containing Aspirin and Caffeine
  • Anacin® Maximum Strength containing Aspirin and Caffeine
  • Anacin® Tablets containing Aspirin and Caffeine
  • BC® Powder Arthritis Strength containing Aspirin, Caffeine, and Salicylamide
  • BC® Powder containing Aspirin, Caffeine, and Salicylamide
  • Butalbital Compound® containing Aspirin, Butalbital, and Caffeine
  • Cope® containing Aspirin and Caffeine
  • Damcontaining Aspirin and Hydrocodone Bitartrate
  • Equagesic® containing Aspirin and Meprobamate
  • Fiorinal® containing Aspirin, Butalbital, and Caffeine
  • Fiorinal® with Codeine containing Aspirin, Butalbital, Caffeine, and Codeine Phosphate
  • Fiortal® containing Aspirin, Butalbital, and Caffeine
  • Fortabs® containing Aspirin, Butalbital, and Caffeine
  • Micrainin® containing Aspirin and Meprobamate
  • P-A-C® Analgesic containing Aspirin and Caffeine
  • Stanback® Powder containing Aspirin, Caffeine, and Salicylamide
  • Synalgos®-DC containing Aspirin, Caffeine, and Dihydrocodeine Bitartrate

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