Uses for aspirin

At high doses usually 300mgaspirin can relieve pain, reducea high temperature (fever) and reduce swelling.

It's often usedfor short-term relief from:

  • Headaches and migraines
  • toothache
  • period pains
  • general aches and pains
  • colds and flu

Long-term treatment with low doses of aspirin usually 75mghas an antiplatelet effect, which means it makes the blood less sticky and can stop blood clots developing.

A doctor may recommend this if you have or have had:

  • a heart attack or angina
  • a stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA)
  • peripheral arterial disease (PAD)
  • coronary artery bypass surgery or another operation on your heart or blood vessels

Aspirin may also be prescribed for children after heart surgery or to treat Kawasaki disease . But it shouldn't be given to anyone under 16 years old without medical supervision.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018