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Active substance(s): ASPIRIN

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Read all of this leaflet carefully because it
contains important information for you.
Ÿ This medicine is available without prescription;
however you still need to take it carefully to get the
best results from it.
Ÿ Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
Ÿ Ask your pharmacist if you need more information
or advice
In this leaflet:
1. What this medicine is and what it is used for
2. Before you take this medicine
3. How to take this medicine
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store this medicine
6. Further information

1. What this medicine is and what it is
used for



Aspirin belongs to a class of medicines called
non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. It has
analgesic (pain relieving), antipyretic
(temperature reducing) and anti-inflammatory
It is used for the relief of mild to moderate pain,
including headache, migraine, toothache, sore
throat, period pains, aches and pains and for
relief of influenza, feverishness and feverish
It is also used for the relief of sprains, strains,
rheumatic pain, sciatica, lumbago, fibrositis,
muscular aches and pains, joint swelling and

2. Before you take this medicine
Do not take these tablets if you:
· are allergic to Aspirin or any other non-steroidal
anti-inflammatory drugs, such as Ibuprofen
· are allergic to any of the other ingredients in the
tablet (listed in section 6, Further Information)
· have been told you suffer from haemophilia or
from any disease which affects the clotting of
your blood
· are taking medicines to thin your blood such as
· are under 16 years old, unless your doctor has
told you to take aspirin
· have had an asthma attack after taking Aspirin
· have gout
· have a stomach ulcer or a history of stomach
Take special care with this medicine
Check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking
these tablets if you:
· suffer from asthma
· are dehydrated
· suffer from kidney or liver problems
· are elderly
· have glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase
(G6PD) deficiency
· are diabetic
You should let your doctor know if you are taking aspirin
tablets, particularly if you are going to have an
operation, as you may need to stop taking your tablets
several days before the operation.
Taking other medicines
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any
medicines, including those you buy without a
prescription such as herbal remedies and health
supplements from a pharmacy, supermarket or

health food shop, as they may interact with this
Examples of medicines which can affect Aspirin are:
· Antacids (for indigestion) or adsorbents (e.g.
kaolin for diarrhoea)
· Mifepristone (for termination of pregnancy)- do
not take this medicine for 8 to 12 days after
taking mifepristone
· Other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs,
including aspirin, ibuprofen ( to relieve pain,
reduce swollen joints, muscles and ligaments),
· Medicines to thin blood (e.g. Warfarin)
· Medicines for diabetes (e.g. Glibenclamide) or
· Medicines for epilepsy (e.g.Phenytoin and
Sodium Valproate)
· Medicines to treat gout (e.g.Probenecid and
· Sulphonamide antibiotics used to treat
infections _(e.g. Trimethoprim)
· Methotrexate to reduce inflammation
· Corticosteroids (e.g. prednisolone and
· Medicines to treat high blood pressure (e.g.
ACE-inhibitors like Lisinopril)
· Zafirlukast (for asthma) ,
· Metoclopramide (for nausea and vomiting)
· Water tablets (diuretics e.g. spironolactone
and acetazolamide)
Aspirin may affect the results of thyroid
function tests. Tell your doctor or nurse if you
are taking these tablets.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
· Do not take this medicine if you are pregnant,
think you have become pregnant or intend to
become pregnant whilst taking these tablets or

are breast-feeding.
· Always ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice
before taking any medicine.
Driving and using machines
· These tablets do not usually affect the ability to
drive or operate machinery.
Important information about some of the
ingredients of Aspirin Tablets
· Aspirin Tablets contains LACTOSE.
· If you have been told by your doctor that you
have intolerance to some sugars, contact your
doctor before taking this medicinal product.

3. How to take this medicine
· Always take these tablets exactly as your doctor
has advised you.
· You should check with your doctor or pharmacist
if you are not sure.
· Swallow the tablet(s) with a glass of water and
do not cut, chew or crush the tablets
Adults and Children over 16years of age:
· One to three tablets to be swallowed whole with
· The dose should not be taken more than every 4
hours and not more than 4 times in 24 hour
· Maximum daily dose is 12 tablets (3.6g) in
divided dose
· If symptoms persist for more than 3 days consult
your doctor.
Do not give to children under 16 years, unless on
the advice of a doctor. Do not exceed the stated
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 aged under 16years, unless on the
advice of a doctor.
If you take more number of tablets than you should
Contact your nearest hospital casualty (A&E) or your
doctor immediately. Take your medicine in its original
packaging with you in order to enable the doctor to
identify your medication easily.
Symptoms of an overdose: vomiting, dehydration,
tinnitus, vertigo, deafness, sweating
If you forget to take a dose
If you forget to take a dose, skip the dose and take the
next dose as usual.

4. Possible Side Effects

Like all medicines, these tablets can cause side
effects, although not everybody gets them.
STOP TAKING this medicine and tell your doctor
immediately if you suffer from any of the following:
· get an allergic reaction, skin rash, swelling of the
face, or wheezing
· difficulty breathing
· are sick and it contains blood or dark particles that
look like coffee grounds
· pass blood in your stools or pass black tarry
The following side effects can occur during treatment
with Aspirin tablets:
· Stomach irritation
· Skin reactions
· a tendency to bleed or bruise more easily

5. How to store this medicine
· Keep the medicine in a safe place where
children can not see or reach.
· Do not take your tablets after the expiry

date marked on the pack.
· Do not store above 25°C.
· Keep the tablets in the package or
container in which they were given to you in
order to protect them from moisture and
· If you have any left over tablets, take
them back to your pharmacist for safe

6. Further Information

What Aspirin tablets contain
· Each tablet contains Aspirin 300mg, as the
active ingredient
· The other ingredients are starch, lactose
monohydrate and purified talc (E553b)
What the tablets look like and contents of the pack
· Aspirin 300mg Tablets are white, round
tablets which have embossed on one
face and a breakline on the other.
· The blister packs are available in packs of
8, 10, 12 or 16 tablets.
· Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
Marketing Authorisation Holder
Name and address:
Bristol Laboratories Ltd, Unit 3, Canalside,
Northbridge Road, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire,
United Kingdom, HP4 1EG
Telephone: 0044 (0)1442 200922
0044 (0)1442 873717
Aspirin 300mg Tablets BP; PL 17907/0152
This leaflet was last approved in June 2008
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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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