|Generic Name||Brand Name|
|acetylsalicylic acid (ASA)||Anacin, Aspirin, Bufferin|
Brand-name ASA is no more effective than generic or store brands.
ASA helps prevent the formation of blood clots. This can decrease the chance that a blood clot will form and block an already-narrowed artery.
ASA may be given to people who have peripheral arterial disease (PAD) or risk factors for peripheral arterial disease. It may also be used after bypass surgery or angioplasty to prevent the formation of blood clots after these procedures.
Side effects of ASA include:
See Drug Reference for a full list of side effects. (Drug Reference is not available in all systems.)
ASA may be combined with other antiplatelet or anticoagulant medicines.
Some doctors are concerned that long-term daily ASA use can increase the risk of stomach problems. A smaller dose, such as a single low-dose ASA, is often used and appears to be just as effective as a higher dose. Consult your doctor before you start taking ASA on a regular basis.
Because of ASA's effect on blood clotting, your doctor may want you to stop your ASA at least 5 to 10 days before surgery and before any dental procedure that may cause excessive bleeding.
Last Revised: January 26, 2012
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