Aspirin is a common medicine that has a number of uses, from relieving pain to reducing the risk of serious problems such as heart attacks and strokes.

It comes in many forms, including pills, tablets that are dissolved in water, powders and oral gels.

Some typescan bebought over the counter from pharmacies, while others are only available on prescription.

This page covers:

Uses for aspirin

Who can and can't take aspirin

How to take aspirin

Side effects of aspirin

Interactions with other medicines, food and alcohol

Missed or extra doses

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 30 Nov 2016