Aspirin helps to limit the clotting of platelets, which are the cells responsible for blocking arteries during a heart attack. If aspirin is not taken during a heart attack, arteries will narrow down and platelets will clot, causing a blockage of the arteries, thereby effectively cutting off supply
The main ingredient in aspirin is salicylic acid, says CNN. Salicylic acid is found in shrubs and plants, such as jasmine, peas, beans and clover along with some grasses and trees.
Aspirin works by preventing the human body from producing prostaglandins. Prostaglandins are natural chemicals with many roles in the body, including sending pain messages to the brain, causing blood to clot and keeping the stomach lining thick and healthy.
Dogs can be given small doses of aspirin under certain conditions and with supervision from a licensed veterinarian. Dogs do not metabolize aspirin the same way humans do and are more prone to adverse effects from the drug.
Aspirin is the generic name for acetylsalicylic acid. Aspirin is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) sold under many brand names in sizes ranging from 81 to 500 milligrams, according to MedicineNet.
Dogs may be given aspirin for injuries or other short-term health issues, according to WedMD. Long-term use of aspirin by dogs is considered risky and can cause increased bleeding, which is due to its blood-thinning properties.
Though aspirin is not toxic to dogs, owners should not give aspirin to a dog except under the direct supervision and advice of a veterinarian, according to PetMD. Commonly used to treat short-term musculoskeletal pain, aspirin is known to cause gastric pain, bleeding and ulcers.
Plant extracts containing the active ingredient in aspirin have been used medicinally since at least 400 B.C., but the modern drug known as aspirin was first developed and patented by Bayer, a German pharmaceutical company. Bayer coined and trademarked the name "Aspirin."
A regular aspirin tablet contains 325 milligrams of aspirin as the active ingredient. Inactive ingredients include cornstarch, hypromellose, powdered cellulose and triacetin and may include carnauba wax, according to Drugs.com. Some manufacturers use the name acetylsalicylic acid, another name for a
Common side effects of aspirin include heartburn, irritation of the stomach or intestines, stomach cramps, and vomiting, according to WebMD. Rarer side effects include stomach or intestinal bleeding, anemia, drowsiness, hives, and bronchospasm. Some patients also experience a mild skin rash or loss