Aspirin is a sort of pain reliever that is commonly used to treat minor pain and discomfort, such as headaches and period cramps. It can also be used to treat the symptoms of a fever. However, there are certain negative effects, like with other medicines. There is one adverse effect about which you should consult a doctor if you begin to notice it.
Before you use aspirin or recommend it to someone else, check sure you can do so securely.
You should also let your GP know if you:
• Are pregnant
• Have an allergy to aspirin
• Have ever had a stomach ulcer
• Suffer from high blood pressure
• Suffer from indigestion
• Suffer from asthma
• Have heavy periods
• Have ever had liver or kidney problems.
• Have ever had a blood clotting problem
• Have gout (a form of arthritis)
On that first point, about pregnancy, there are some guidelines about whether and how much you should take during your term.
Overall, it is agreed that it is safe to take aspirin during your pregnancy, as long as your GP gives you the go ahead.
The reason why aspirin may be prescribed is to lower your chances of a heart attack or a stroke, if you’re having fertility treatment or if you have experienced previous miscarriages.
It can also help to prevent pre-eclampsia, a type of high blood pressure that occurs during pregnancy.
Aspirin works best when used over long periods of time and, unlike some medicines, you can continue to drink alcohol whilst taking it.
Whilst it’s safe to take painkillers with aspirin, it’s recommended that you avoid taking ibuprofen, that is unless you’ve consulted your GP or doctor beforehand.
The reason for avoiding taking both together is that, combined, they can cause stomach irritation.
Lifestyle changes can also be made to enhance the effect of the aspirin; these include improving your diet, exercising more, cutting down on your alcohol levels and finding ways to reduce stress and anxiety.
It is not safe for youngsters to use aspirin, for example.