Ill-effects of aspirin

One medicine that I always carry with me is an aspirin, thanks to all the pollution and noise. It surely is one of the most frequently used drugs because of the quick relief it offers, but then like everything else, aspirins have quite a few ill-effects.

Here are some of them:

  1. Aspirin use has been shown to increase the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding.
  2. Reye’s syndrome, a severe illness characterized by acute encephalopathy and fatty liver, can occur when children or adolescents are given aspirin for a fever or other illnesses or infections.
  3. For a small number of people, aspirin can result in symptoms that resemble an allergic reaction and include hives, swelling, and headache. The reaction is caused by salicylate intolerance and is not a true allergy but rather an inability to metabolize even small amounts of aspirin, resulting in an overdose.
  4. Aspirin can cause prolonged bleeding after operations for up to 10 days.

Overdose of aspirin should definitely be avoided. Here’s why according to Wikipedia.

Aspirin overdose can be acute or chronic. In acute poisoning, a single large dose is taken; in chronic poisoning, higher than normal doses are taken over a period of time. Acute overdose has a mortality rate of 2%. Chronic overdose is more commonly lethal with a mortality rate of 25%.

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