Boots Aspirin 75 mg Enteric Coated Tablets
What this medicine is for
This medicine belongs to a group of medicines called antiplatelet agents that help prevent blood cells sticking together.
It can be used to help prevent further heart attacks and strokes in patients who have had a history of these conditions. It can also be used after by-pass surgery.
It should not be used for pain relief.
Before you take this medicine
This medicine can be taken by adults and children aged 16 years and over. However, some people should not take this medicine or should seek the advice of their pharmacist or doctor first.
If you are taking this medicine for the first time, talk to your doctor to make sure it is suitable for you.
Do not take:
- If you are under 16 years old, unless your doctor tells you to
- If you are allergic to any of the ingredients
- If you have ever had a bad reaction to aspirin or any other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines (you have ever had asthma, swelling of the lips or face, itchy skin or runny nose after taking them)
- If you have a stomach ulcer, or have had one
- If you have a blood clotting disorder (e.g. haemophilia) or are taking medicines to thin your blood
- If you have gout
- If you are pregnant or breastfeeding
! Talk to your pharmacist or doctor:
- If you have asthma or other allergic disease
- If you have kidney or liver problems
- If you have high blood pressure (your doctor may want to monitor you more closely)
- If you are dehydrated
- If you have diabetes
- If you have a condition called glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency
- If you are elderly (your doctor may want to monitor you more closely)
Other important information
If you have surgery or any blood tests, tell your doctor or hospital staff that you are taking this medicine.
There is a possible association between aspirin and Reye’s syndrome when given to children. Reye’s syndrome is a very rare disease, which can be fatal. For this reason aspirin should not be given to children under the age of 16 years unless on the advice of a doctor.
If you drink alcohol (wine, beer, spirits) when you are taking these tablets, it may make your stomach more sensitive to aspirin.
If you take other medicines
Before you take these tablets, make sure that you tell your pharmacist about ANY other medicines you might be using at the same time, particularly the following:
- Warfarin or other blood thinners
- Medicines for depression
- Methotrexate (for cancer, skin problems, rheumatic problems, Crohn’s disease)
- Mifepristone (for termination of pregnancy) – do not take this medicine for 8 to 12 days after taking mifepristone
- Other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines, including aspirin and ibuprofen (to relieve pain, reduce swollen joints, muscles and ligaments)
- Corticosteroids (used for many conditions such as pain, swelling, allergy, asthma, rheumatism and skin problems)
- Phenytoin and sodium valproate (for epilepsy)
- Tablets for diabetes (e.g. gilbenclamide) or insulin
- ACE inhibitors (for high blood pressure)
- Water tablets (diuretics e.g. spironolactone and acetazolamide)
- Metoclopramide (for feeling sick or being sick)
- Probenecid and sulfinpyrazone (for gout)
- Sulphonamide antibiotics (e.g. co-trimoxazole)
- Zafirluklast (for asthma)
- Antacids (for indigestion) or adsorbents (e.g. kaolin for diarrhoea)
If you are unsure about interactions with any other medicines, talk to your pharmacist. This includes medicines prescribed by your doctor and medicine you have bought for yourself, including herbal and homeopathic remedies.
How to take this medicine
Check the foil is not broken before use. If it is, do not take that tablet.
|AGE||How many to take||How often to take|
|Adults of 16 years and over||One or two||Once a day|
In some cases your doctor may advise you to take more tablets. In this case follow your doctor’s instructions.
Swallow the tablet whole with water. Do not cut, chew or crush the tablet.
Do not give to children under 16 years, unless your doctor tells you to.
Do not take more than the amount recommended above.
! If you take too many tablets: Talk to a doctor straight away.
Possible side effects
Most people will not have problems, but some may get some. ! If you get any of these serious side effects, stop taking the tablets. See a doctor at once:
- You are sick and it contains blood or dark particles that look like coffee grounds
- Pass blood in your stools or pass black tarry stools
- Difficulty in breathing, asthma, swelling of the face, neck, tongue or throat, runny nose (severe allergic reactions)
- Unusual bleeding which may cause blood in the urine, coughing up blood or a stroke due to bleeding in the brain
These other effects are less serious.
If they bother you talk to a pharmacist:
- Other allergic reactions such as itchy skin or skin rash
- Feeling sick, being sick, heartburn, stomach irritation or pain
- Ringing in the ears
- Pain in your lower abdomen or back, difficulty in passing urine – this maybe a sign of kidney stones
- Nose bleeds (if a nose bleed is severe or lasts for a long time, talk to a doctor straight away)
- Feeling very tired or severely exhausted
- Unusual bruising or infections such as sore throats – this may be a sign of very rare changes in the blood
If any side effect becomes severe, or you notice any side effect not listed here, please tell your pharmacist or doctor.
How to store this medicine
Do not store above 25°C.
Store in the original package.
Keep this medicine in a safe place out of the sight and reach of children, preferably in a locked cupboard.
Use by the date on the end flap of the carton.
What is in this medicine
Each gastro-resistant tablet contains Aspirin 75 mg, which is the active ingredient.
As well as the active ingredient, the tablets also contain potato starch, calcium hydrogen phosphate dihydrate (E341), microcrystalline cellulose (E460), talc (E553b), methacrylic acid-ethylacrylate – copolymer (containing sodium laurilsulfate, polysorbate 80), macrogol, simeticone.
The pack contains 28 white, circular tablets, plain on both sides.