The melting point of acetylsalicylic acid is 138 to 140 degrees Celsius. The common name for acetylsalicylic acid is aspirin. It is a medication often used as a pain reliever, fever reducer and anti-inflammatory agent.
Aspirin also has an antiplatelet effect because it can inhibit the production of thromboxane, which under normal conditions can cause blood clots to form. For this reason, doctors often recommend that older patients with heart disorders take a low dose of aspirin on a daily basis to prevent heart attack and stroke. The medication can also be given directly after a heart attack to reduce the risk of another heart attack and prevent heart tissue from dying.