ASPIRIN

INDICATION

 

secondary prevention of thrombotic cerebrovascular or cardiovascular disease, and following by-pass surgery

 

Cautions : asthma; uncontrolled hypertension; previous peptic ulceration; concomitant use of drugs that increase risk of bleeding

 

Aspirin is indicated for headache, and pyrexia. In inflammatory conditions, most physicians prefer anti-inflammatory treatment with another NSAID which may better toleraded and more convenient for the patient.

Aspirin is used increasingly for its antiplatelet properties.

 

Gastric irritation may be a problem; it is minimised by taking the dose after food. Enteric-coated preparation are available, but have a slow onset of action and are therefore unsuitable for single-dose analgesic use.