Sunday, March 13, 2011

Chewing Aspirin Effective For Heart Attack

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Aspirin is one of the drugs applied in handling of heart attacks. Aspirin is applied commonly directly ingested in aspirin tablets. But, researchers from the University of California, San Diego, found that chew aspirin absorbed more rapidly and more effectively compared with standard aspirin that immediately swallowed or chewed first and then swallowed. The discovery of this is easy, further research is expected to improve treatment of heart attack patients.

In this study, Sean Nordt and his friends involved 14 patients aged between 20 and 61 years. 13 of the participants were male with an average age of 31. Throughout the study, each participant was given as much as 1950 milligrams of aspirin (equivalent to 6 regular aspirin tablets.)

These patients were divided up into 3 groups and all group given another type of aspirin. One group was given ordinary solid aspirin tablets and patients are asked to swallow the whole pill. The second group is given a solid regular aspirin tablet, but patients were required to chewing before swallowing. Third of group applied chewable aspirin tablets, and ingestion done while chewing.

Next, the investigators calculated levels of aspirin in the blood. According to the research, chewable aspirin systematically expressed the greatest absorption grade and the fastest. "These findings confirm the recommendation to apply aspirin chewable tablet formulation in dealing with acute coronary thrombosis syndrome," explained the investigator. Acute coronary syndrome is the medical term for heart attack.

Existing guidelines, Tarng, recommends that heart attack patients given aspirin tablets. Patients were asked to chew the tablet prior to swallowing to accelerate the influence of anti-coagulation of blood therein.

Aspirin works within 15 minutes to prevent the formation of blood clotting in person who have arterial sclerosis. One adult aspirin tab has 325 mg dose. This report recommends the use of 325 mg chewable aspirin for heart attacks or chest pain that happens. However, additional research, if the chewable tablets are not yet available, the patient can chew regular aspirin tablets before swallowing.

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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Do You Know, What is Aspirin ?

aspirin picture Acetylsalicylic acid or broadly called Aspirin is drugs that produce by German pharmaceutical company known as Bayer, and its generic name is Acetylsalicylic acid. This drugs are frequently applied as an painkiller to get rid of or relieve pain, as an antipyretic to cut down fever, as well as anti-inflammatory drug to cut inflammation. Acetylsalicylic acid occasionally also applied to cover or prevent heart attacks, strokes and angina pectoris or chest pain.

Aspirin is known as an anti-platelet agent which is used to prevent blood clots in long term to prevent heart attacks and strokes in patients that have high risk of this disease. Today, aspirin is often given to patients after experiencing an attack to prevent it happening again. In addition, other benefits of this drugs are to relieve symptoms of migraines, cataracts, gum disease, and slow the progression of colon cancer.

Aspirin should be used for cardiovascular conditions and under the supervision of a physician. Aspirin should not be given to children who have a fever, especially if they have flu symptoms or chickenpox. This drugs can cause a serious condition in children called Reye's syndrome. Reye's syndrome is a fatal disease that can cause damage to many organs in the body, especially brain and heart, and can cause hypoglycemia.

Although aspirin has many health benefits, it does not mean the drug has no side effects. The use of excessive and inappropriate dosage recommended doctors, can cause serious side effects. Here are some side effects of aspirin:

  1. Stomach upset, heartburn
  2. Drowsiness
  3. Nausea, vomiting
  4. Ears ringing
  5. Fever
  6. Itching
  7. Difficulty breathing or asthma
  8. Allergic  reactions such as swelling of the face, lips, tongue and throat
  9. Kidney failure, liver damage
  10. Coughing blood
    Stop immediately the use of aspirin and call your doctor immediately if you experience symptoms of side effects above. You should also avoid alcoholic beverages when you use this drug, because alcohol can increase the risk of bleeding in the stomach and intestines.

In addition, this drug also should not be used on someone who is allergic to ibuprofen or naproxen, as well as in patients with asthma. Because of its effect on the stomach lining, the manufacturer recommends for consult your doctor first before taking it.

Because aspirin has been around a long time and sold at affordable prices, many people who do not believe that aspirin has many benefits and much more effective than prescription drugs that cost one hundred times more expensive. All medicines work best when used according to the dosage that has been determined. If you are in doubt, consult your doctor is the best way to avoid the risk of harmful side effects.

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