Side effects of aspirin

If I asked you about the medicines that you have at the moment in the place where you keep the medicines, it is probable that the aspirin be one of them (in their different names and varieties).

Known scientifically with the name of acetylsalicylic acid, it is a medicine actually more popular than you think, which is used as an anti-inflammatory, analgesic for the relief of pain, mild and moderate, antipyretic to reduce fever and platelet antiaggregant, indicated for people with risk of training of blood thrombi.

However, the fact that it is a very popular medicine is not only because it has existed for more than 100 years. It is precisely because millions of people consume it every day around the world, in most cases without a medical prescription that recommends it and even without a real cause leading to it.

However, like any medicine it is necessary and essential to know their side effects or adverse, not only at usual doses, but when there is excessive consumption of it.

Adverse effects of aspirin at usual doses

At usual doses the most common adverse effects of aspirin are mainly gastrointestinal: gastric irritation, nausea, vomiting, as well as gastric or duodenal ulcers. Erosive gastritis may also occur, which over time can cause iron deficiency.

As with all other NSAIDs, it can cause hepatitis, kidney dysfunction, asthma, bleeding and elevated liver enzymes.

Adverse effects of aspirin in pregnant women

In pregnant women, especially before delivery, the administration of aspirin can cause haemostatic disorders in newborns, which among other aspects include hematuria, petechiae, cephalohematoma and conguntival hemorrhage and bleeding (during or after a circumcision).

In addition, mothers may have confined bleeding after the puerperium (or intrapartum period).

Adverse effects of aspirin in children

The use of aspirin in children under 12 years of age is not recommended who have flu or chickenpox, since it can lead to Reye's Syndrome, a rare but serious disease that consists of the appearance of vomiting, hepatomegaly, confusional syndrome, drowsiness, coma and the central nervous system appears edematous.

Adverse effects of aspirin due to excessive consumption

It can cause vomiting, decreased hearing, delusions, psychosis, vertigo, stupor, profuse breathing and nephritis. In more severe cases, it can cause coma as a result of a direct effect on the medulla.

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Coated Aspirin and Your Heart - Mayo Clinic (February 2024)