|The oldest over-the-counter standby, aspirin
has a long history of providing comfort and relief from fever, headache, and
the minor pain of menstrual cramps, muscle strain, and arthritis. Since
1897, when the German chemist Felix Hoffman first made the drug in its
current form—acetylsalicylic acid—aspirin has held a prominent place in
medicine cabinets, first aid kits, purses, and briefcases.
Although aspirin seems plain and simple, it offers relief from everyday ills—and protection from serious illness—that equals or surpasses newer, more "glamorous" drugs. Scientists believe aspirin slows down the production of hormone-like substances in the body called prostaglandins. Prostaglandins are released after injuries to the body and contribute to inflammation. They can also cause blood to form clots that can lead to heart attack and stroke.
How to choose Aspirin
Aspirin comes in many forms: plain, buffered, extra strength, enteric coated, low dose, and combination products for relief from migraine headaches and trouble sleeping. When choosing aspirin products, think about the symptoms you want to treat and the needs and health history of each member of your family.
Aspirin is available in various strengths. Choose one depending on the health needs of the person who'll be taking it.
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