Can I take aspirin? More harm than good?

Aspirin is one of the most popular drugs, not only in Russia, but throughout the world for more than a hundred years. In this issue we will tell not only about its useful properties, but also about how it can be dangerous for your health.

Acetylsalicylic acid is so widespread due to the fact that it combines anesthetic, antipyretic and anti-inflammation effects. However, not many people know that long-term use of this drug may cause serious health problems. This can be both hemorrhagic gastritis and various diseases of the urinary system, which is directly affected by aspirin. However, despite the fact that such complications are quite rare, long-term use of aspirin should be under the mandatory supervision of doctors.

Surprisingly, a large number of people around the world take aspirin for the prevention of cardiovascular diseases. In 2018, a series of articles warning people against such actions were published on the pages of the New England Medical Journal. The fact is that aspirin helps to thin the blood, which in turn, can lead to bleeding in the brain, gastrointestinal tract and other organs, without minimizing any risk of developing heart attacks and strokes in healthy people. However, taking aspirin can really save your life if you have already experienced these diseases and the risk of their development is high.

In conclusion, we would like to say about acute liver failure or so-called “Reye’s syndrome”. It can occur in children as a result of long-term aspirin treatment of the flu or chickenpox. Unfortunately, the mortality rate in such cases reaches 40%, and in 70% of cases irreversible brain damage will occur. That is why the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that aspirin not be given to children under 19 years of age.