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Aspirin for Back Pain

Dosage - Brands - Drug Interactions - Other Health Problems

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Updated April 17, 2014

Other Health Problems and Aspirin
If you are breastfeeding, pregnant (or are trying to get pregnant), have stomach problems, lupus, asthma, heart failure, high blood pressure or kidney disease, vitamin K deficiency, nasal polyps, anemia, bleeding or clotting problems or you are a smoker, consult your doctor before trying aspirin.

Other Medications and Aspirin
It is a good idea to consult with your doctor before adding aspirin to the things you take. A number of substances may interact with aspirin. Interactions not only occur with medications, such as other NSAIDs, but also certain herbal supplements and recreational drugs. If you take medication for diabetes, gout or seizure, or you take hormones, antacids, blood thinning medication, or other aspirin products, or if you are unsure about combining aspirin with what you currently take it’s best to speak with your doctor about taking aspirin.

Storing Your Aspirin
Many people store medications, including aspirin, in their bathroom medicine chest, or in the kitchen, near the faucet. But to keep your aspirin in good working order, it is best to store it away from heat and moisture. If it smells like vinegar, it has begun to disintegrate and should be discarded.

Dosage
Take aspirin according to the instructions on the box. Don’t take more pills than indicated or more frequently. Drink a full glass of water with the dose. If you are taking aspirin as a regular course and miss a dose, take it as soon as you can, unless it is almost time for the next dose. If you have health problems, or are taking other medications, check with your doctor for the dosage information that is right for you.

Brands
Aspirin is readily available in generic form. There are also quite a few brands of aspirin. Common brand names for aspirin include (but are not limited to) Bayer, Ascriptin, Ecotrin, Empirin, ZORprin and others.

What Did You Learn About Aspirin for Back Pain? Take the Aspirin Quiz.
Now that you have read about aspirin for back pain or neck pain, try testing your knowledge on the topic by taking the Aspirin for Back Pain Quiz. Quizzing yourself helps you to ingrain the facts and details about the medication, and may help you pick up some safety information you didn't get the first time. There is also a Motrin for Back Pain Quiz, and a Tylenol for Back Pain Quiz, so try them all and you will go into the drugstore armed with the information you need to make the best possible choice for you.

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