From minor headache to heart diseases, aspirin has been like the staple drug used for treating common health problems in every home for generations together.
Aspirin is not only popular among users but also among researchers all over the world. Scientists are so much in love with this miracle drug that on an average 3500 articles are published every year on aspirin (www.thehealthsite.com).
See the following facts about aspirin from various accounts.
1. Originally aspirin was discovered by a German chemist in 1897. It is made from a natural substance called Salici which is found in willow trees.
2. This wonder drug was first brought to the pharmaceutical industry in the year 1899, when it was introduced for the treatment of rheumatic fever and gout.
3. In the year 1950, aspirin was recognized as the highest selling drug by the Guinness Book World of Records.
4. Aspirin is so popular that approximately 3500 scientific articles are written every year about it.
5. Aspirin is often addressed as a wonder drug as it is used to cure many conditions, more than 50 disorders. Around 100 billion aspirin tables are produced every year.
6. Aspirin reduces the risk of heart disease in diabetic patients.
7. Aspirin could benefit 11 different cancers: Aspirin has a significant ability to inhibit the growth of cancer cells. A new aspirin drug showed to curb the growth of cancer cells including that of colon, pancreatic, lung, prostate, breast and leukemia.
8. Aspirin is good for your brain: Researchers noted that people who took aspirin regularly had a lower risk of developing Alzheimedr’s disease, the main form of dementia. Aspirin is believed to be protective because of its anti blood clotting mechanism and its ability to influence blood flow to the brain.
9. You should never take aspirin without food: If you take aspirin on an empty stomach, you will most likely suffer from stomach irritation. It might affect the inner lining of your stomach and can cause gastric ulcers or bleeding.
10. Children should not be given aspirin. Parents should note that if their children are suffering from chicken pox, flu-symptoms or other viral diseases, they should not give their children aspirin (in any form), as it may increase the chances of Reye's syndrome.
11. Overdose of aspirin can make you deaf: According to a study published in the American Journal of Medicine, individuals who take an aspirin two or more times a week may increase their risk of hearing impairment by one third.
12. About 472 drugs are known to interact with aspirin: With so many studies, aspirin has been found to interact with a lot of other drugs.
Most probable drug interactions includewith antidepressants, antacid, blood thinning agents like warfarin, medications for diabetes like insulin, other pain relievers like ibuprofen and corticosteroids.
You should consult your doctor before taking an aspirin if you’re already taking any of these medicines.