Serious side effects of aspirin that you should be aware of

Aspirin is a medication belonging to the drug class, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). It is available as a generic drug, and is prescribed for treating fever, pain, and inflammation in the body, prevention of blood clots, and reduction of the risk of strokes and heart attacks. Most people are using it often and don’t really think that this little and popular pill can have serious side effects. Common side effects of Aspirin include rash, gastrointestinal ulceration, abdominal pain, cramping, nausea, gastritis, and bleeding.

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A patient who had a single dose of aspirin will have endoscopically identifiable gastric mucosal lesions. Clinically evident gastrointestinal bleeding has been reported in as many as 3% of the treated elderly patients. Anorectal ulceration and rectal stenosis have been reported in patients who abuse aspirin-containing rectal suppositories.

Gastrointestinal side effects have included epigastric distress (in 83% of patients treated with regular aspirin), abdominal discomfort or pain, endoscopically identifiable gastric mucosal lesions, nausea, and vomiting. More serious gastrointestinal effects include hemorrhage, peptic ulcers, perforation, small bowel enteropathy, and esophageal ulcerations.

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