Aspirin melts at 135 degrees Celsius with rapid heating. Aspirin is also known as acetylsalicylic acid. Aspirin comes in white monoclinic tablets or as a crystalline powder. In liquid form, aspirin is colorless. Aspirin has a bitter taste.
Aspirin is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agent. Aspirin has analgesic, antipyretic and platelet-inhibitory properties. Individuals use aspirin to relieve musculo-skeletal pain, arthritis, headaches and fever. Physicians suggest that aspirin may reduce the risk of a heart attack.
Nearly all of an oral dose of aspirin is absorbed in the GI tract.
The Mayo Clinic suggests that children and teenagers should avoid aspirin because it may cause Reye's syndrome.