Aspirin can be used to treat pain, fever and inflammation. It is also used to thin the blood. Aspirin can be used to prevent strokes, treat arthritis, treat rheumatic fever, treat Kawasaki disease and protect bypass grafts and stents in the heart.

Aspirin is taken orally and is available as a caplet, tablet, chewable and enteric-coated tablet. Enteric-coated or long-acting products should be taken whole. Chewable tablets may be crushed and mixed with food or chewed; encourage your child not to swallow them whole. Do not use aspirin after the expiration date on the bottle or package.

Keep this medication out of the reach of children.

Belly pain or heartburn, nausea or vomiting, bleeding problems.

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Rash or hives
  • Unusual bruising or bleeding
  • Black, tarry or bloody stools
  • Severe stomach pain
  • Vomiting red blood or material that looks like coffee grounds
  • Blood in urine, severe headache
  • Significant changes in thinking clearly
  • Dizziness or ringing in the ears

For any medication information related to your child's dosing schedule or missed doses, contact the healthcare provider who prescribed the medication.

Aspirin may be taken with or without food. Give the medication with food if stomach upset occurs. Children and teenagers should not use aspirin for flu symptoms or chickenpox. It is important to tell your child’s doctor, surgeon or dentist at the beginning of each visit that he or she is taking aspirin. Store at room temperature, protected from light and moisture. Do not store in kitchen or bathroom.

Last Updated 10/2012