What is Dispersible Aspirin and what they are used for?
Aspirin is an antiplatelet agent that helps prevent your blood cells sticking together and forming a blood clot. Dispersible Aspirin Tablets are used to prevent further heart attacks and strokes in patients with a previous history of heart attacks, unstable angina or stroke, and following by-pass surgery.
Possible side effects
Like all medicines, aspirin can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Serious side effects
STOP taking the tablets and contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following:
- An asthma attack or other allergic reaction, such as wheezing or difﬁculty breathing, skin rashes or itching, swelling of the lips, tongue or face, fainting or difﬁculty swallowing (severe allergic reaction)
- Reddening of the skin with blisters or peeling and may be associated with a high fever and joint pains. This could be erythema multiforme, Stevens-Johnson syndrome or Lyell’s syndrome.
- Stomach ulcer irritation or bleeding (symptoms may include stomach pain, vomiting of blood, passing black tarry-looking stools).
- Reduction in the number of blood platelets which increases the tendency to bleed and bruise more easily.
Common side effects (may occur in 1 to 10 out of 100 patients):
– The increased tendency for bleeding.
Uncommon side effects (may occur in 1 to 10 out of 1,000 patients):
– Runny noses
– Breathing difﬁculty.
– Rare side effects (may occur in 1 to 10 out of 10,000 patients):
– Severe bleeding in the stomach or intestines, brain haemorrhage (a bleed in the brain which can cause sudden severe headache, ﬁt or stroke); altered number of blood cells
– Nausea and vomiting
– Cramps in the lower respiratory tract, asthma attack
– Inﬂammation in the blood vessels
– Bruising with purple spots (cutaneous bleeding)
– Severe skin reactions such as rash known as ‘erythema multiforme’ and its life-threatening forms: