CHN Health Matters

What can Aspirin do for you?


When I think about medications I often ask myself what the value of that drug is. A drug has a high value if it is effective, inexpensive, has few if any side effects, and is safe. Certain drugs may be effective but are contraindicated because of the risks or the side effects. Aspirin is a drug that has a high value with relatively low risk.

Aspirin has been in use for over 100 years. It can be purchased over the counter and is inexpensive. Aspirin has been used for years as a pain killer, fever reducer, an anti-inflammatory for treating conditions like arthritis. However, it does have side effects and is toxic at very high doses. Today most people use newer drugs to treat these symptoms that have less potential side effects.

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