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Asthromed (aspirin, acetylsalicylic acid; NSAID)

Asthromed is a brand name of the drug aspirin or acetylsalicylic acid. Aspirin is a type of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) and antiplatelet drug.

Uses

What is Asthromed used for?

  • Prophylaxis of cerebrovascular disease or myocardial infarction
  • Secondary prevention of thrombotic events or cardiovascular disease
  • Body pain
  • headache
  • Dysmenorrhea
  • Pyrexia
  • Fever

How should I take Asthromed?

Read the directions on the packaging for complete information. Check the label and expiration date.

For oral dosage forms, swallow it whole without chewing, crushing, or dissolving it in liquid.

How do I store Asthromed?

Store this product at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store it in the bathroom or the freezer.

There may be different brands of this drug that may have different storage needs. So, it is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush this product down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Additionally, it is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & Warnings

What should I know before using Asthromed?

Before using this drug, tell your doctor if you are/have:

  • Pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Taking any other medicines. This includes any prescription, OTC, and herbal remedies.
  • An allergy to any of the ingredients of this product.
  • Any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

Salicylates are present in the umbilical cord and in breast milk after taking them. Low-dose aspirin has less adverse effects than high-dose aspirin. Pregnant women should avoid taking aspirin at 20 weeks of gestation until delivery. Other pain relievers are recommended over aspirin while breastfeeding.

Side Effects

What side effects can occur from Asthromed?

Like all drugs, this product may have side effects. If they occur, side effects are generally mild and resolve once treatment is finished or the dose is lowered. Some reported side effects include:

  • Allergic reaction
  • Black, bloody, or tarry stools
  • Vomiting (e.g. “coffee ground” vomit)
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Tinnitus
  • Heartburn
  • Drowsiness
  • Headache

However, not everyone experiences these side effects. In addition, some people may experience other side effects. So, if you have any concerns about a side effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Interactions

What drugs may interact with Asthromed?

This medication may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects.

To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist.

Drugs with known interactions:

  • Corticosteroids
  • Anticoagulants
  • Antiplatelet agents
  • Carbonic anhydrase inhibitors
  • Sulfonylureas
  • Phenytoin, valproate
  • Probenecid, sulfinpyrazone
  • Lithium
  • Digoxin
  • Other NSAIDs
  • Methotrexate
  • Ginkgo biloba

If you experience an adverse drug interaction, inform your doctor immediately to reevaluate your treatment plan. Approaches include dose adjustment, drug substitution, or ending therapy.

Does food or alcohol interact with Asthromed?

This drug may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Avoid consuming alcohol while taking this drug to prevent gastric irritation. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. Therefore, you should always consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using any medication.

What is the dose for an adult?

Pain relief and reducing fever

Take 300 to 900 mg every 4 to 6 hours, up to 4 grams per day.

Prevention of myocardial infarction and stroke

Take 75 to 100 mg per day.

What is the dose for a child?

Do not give aspirin to children under 18 years old who have or recently had a viral infection. This is to avoid the development of Reye syndrome, which is potentially fatal.

How is Asthromed available?

Asthromed is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Enteric-coated tablet 100 mg

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to the nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Sources

Asthromed https://www.mims.com/philippines/drug/info/asthromed Accessed July 21, 2021

Aspirin https://www.mims.com/philippines/drug/info/aspirin?mtype=generic Accessed July 21, 2021

Aspirin (oral) https://www.uofmhealth.org/health-library/d00170a1 Accessed July 21, 2021

Aspirin and Heart Disease https://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/heart-attack/treatment-of-a-heart-attack/aspirin-and-heart-disease Accessed July 21, 2021

Aspirin. Lexi-Drugs. Lexicomp. Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. Riverwoods, IL. Accessed July 21, 2021. http://online.lexi.com

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Written by Stephanie Nicole Nera, RPh, PharmD Updated Jul 22