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|Aspirin is an ingredient in Alka-Seltzer.|
What is aspirin?
Aspirin is a medication used to decrease swelling and relieve aches and pains. It can also keep blood from clotting.
Your doctor may recommend a low dose of aspirin (81 mg) if you have a high risk of getting blood clots. This can help prevent serious health problems, such as heart attacks, strokes and pulmonary embolisms.
Aspirin is sold over the counter, without a prescription, under a number of brand names, including Bayer and Ecotrin. Aspirin is also an ingredient in other medications such as Alka Seltzer and Excedrin. The label on the product will tell you whether it contains aspirin.
Aspirin is safe for most people when used in the right way.
Some people should not take aspirin:
Check with your doctor before taking aspirin if you have stomach ulcers, kidney disease or gout, or if you take warfarin (Coumadin).
What are the symptoms of aspirin poisoning?
If you take too much aspirin at one time you may:
In serious cases, you may have organ failure, seizures or go into a coma.
If you take aspirin every day for a long period of time, you may get chronic aspirin poisoning. You may:
Frequent use of aspirin use can also make your stomach bleed. Some aspirin products have an enteric coating to decrease this risk.
What should you do if someone took too much aspirin?
If you or someone else took aspirin in a way that could be harmful, call the poison center at 1-800-222-1222, chat online or text POISON to 85511. If you can, bring the medication bottle to the phone or computer.
The poison center will tell you if you need to go to the hospital. We can also answer other questions you have about aspirin or medications with aspirin in them.
How can you prevent aspirin poisonings?
Last Updated: Monday April 25th 2016