Research Paper On Aspirin

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Here is an interesting fact about aspirin: one hundred billion aspirin tablets are consumed yearly on Earth. That is four hundred thousand tons of aspirin (Dodziuk, 2013). Aspirin is a very common household drug and it is very widely used in the medical industry today. Most people know this drug as a pain reliever. However, it can do many other things than just that. Aspirin is not a drug that produces anesthesia or causes someone to lose consciousness. Aspirin is also used to reduce fevers, stop clots from forming, and is an anti-inflammatory drug (Nordqvist, 2015). This drug can be obtained in an over-the-counter form or also in a prescription form (Marks, 2015). This paper will elaborate on the following topics: a short history of aspirin, …show more content…
It can be used to decrease a person’s chance of having a heart attack, stroke, or other problems caused by blood clots. It also helps stops potentially fatal blood clots from forming. However, you should not take aspirin unless instructed to do so by a doctor (Mayo Clinic, 2015). Aspirin is more commonly used as an analgesic, meaning it will relieve pain without producing anesthesia or a loss of consciousness. Also, if a person had a fever, taking a dose of aspirin would help to reduce the fever. For more severe pain, aspirin is paired with other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. The following is a list of some of the other therapeutic uses of aspirin: rheumatic fever, rheumatic arthritis and many other inflammatory joint conditions, prevention of myocardial infarction in patients with cardiovascular disease, treatment of artery disease, and cancer prevention (Nordqvist, 2015). Rheumatic fever is a disease that can develop after strep throat (Marks, 2015). Nordqvist’s article stated, “Taking aspirin in your 40s could cut the risk of cancer developing later in life.” In addition, another source stated that people would have to take the drug for at least five years for there to be any results (Boseley, 2014). Aspirin has also been known to be used to treat Kawasaki disease. This is a disease that can cause heart problems in children (Marks, 2015). Many people may already be aware of these different uses, but have probably never heard of these next few uses. Reviving dead car batteries: it is possible to drop two aspirin pills into the dead battery and it will help to get the vehicle started back up. The acetylsalicylic acid combines with the sulfuric acid in the car battery, causing the battery to produce one last charge. Removing perspiration stains: crush up two tablets and mix it with a half cup of warm water and let the sweat-stained piece of clothing sit for two to three hours.

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