Monday, April 21, 2014

What You Ought To Know About An Aspirin Overdose

By Corrinne Naki

What Is Aspirin? Aspirin is a medication that is used to reduce inflammation, pain and fever. Doctors may also recommend this medication to people who suffer from heart problems. Even though this medication offers a number of benefits, taking more than the recommended aspirin dosage can have an adverse effect on one's health.

Treatment - The type of treatment that is recommended is dependent upon the severity of the overdose. Doctors and nurses will check the patient's vital signs and place an IV in the patient's veins. Lab tests will also be ordered. The patient may be given fluids and activated charcoal. The activated charcoal will help soak up the aspirin that is inside of the stomach.

Additionally, one should avoid lying down for at least 10 minutes after taking this medication. Symptoms Of An Aspirin Overdose Vomiting, stomach pain and upset stomach are some of the symptoms of an acute overdose. Slight fever, fatigue, rapid heartbeat and confusion are some of the symptoms of a chronic overdose. Large overdoses may cause the following symptoms ringing in the ears, hyperactivity, dizziness, temporary deafness, seizures and coma.

Liver damage is another common problem, damage that can't be repair or reversed. Other organ damage related to aspirin usage includes inflammation within the kidneys (leading eventually to their complete deterioration) and hyperthyroidism. Stomach problems are also often noted within regular aspirin users. While bleeding ulcers tend to be the most commonly discussed issue within the media, other problems include heartburn, indigestion, bloating, diarrhea, nausea, frequent and unavoidable burping and vomiting.

In truly severe reactions to the drug aspirin can even cause a cerebral edema, a condition where excess water floods around the brain, causing anything from migraines to death. While it's clear that many people use aspirin for extended periods of time without developing serious side effects, it's also clear that the potential dangers of regular and prolonged aspirin use need to be taken into consideration.

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