Aspirin Overdose is also known as ASA (Acetylsalicylic acid) overdose.
This is also a type of painkiller and (NSAID) not-steroidal anti inflammatory and it’s available over-the-counter at the pharmacy.
The daily dosage of Aspirin is usually prescribe for patients who are at the high risk of hearth attach and because of blood thinner affect it prevent the blood cloths as well.
Prevent from cancer such as:
1- Colorectal cancer if they are taking small daily dosage of aspirin for more than 10 years.
2- Reduces the risk of endometrial cancer, prostate cancer and breast cancer.
An Aspirin Overdose means one has too much aspirin in the body.
Aspirin Overdose Is Also Called an Acute Overdose
Taking more than 150 mg/kg of aspirin can have serious and even deadly consequences if kept unattended or untreated.
That above amount is equal to for the young adult, that’s roughly equal to taking 20 tablets containing 325mg aspirin and for the children much lesser can do much more harm.
In Aspirin Acetylsalicylic acid is the poisonous ingredient and therefore the culprit that causes all the problems.
Therefore, this ingredient is found in many prescription and over-the-counter pain relievers.
Some such medicines are Alka Seltzer, Ecotrin, Excedrin, Fiorinal, Bayer, Percodan, Anacin, Bufferin, St. Joseph’s etc.
If you or someone you know has had an overdose of aspirin, it could have happened either because…
- The patient took it by accident or under ignorance
- Has intentionally taken a bigger dose than generally permissible by doctor at one time.
Symptoms of Aspirin Overdose
The symptoms of acute overdose:
- Patient may develop an upset stomach and experience stomach pain
- Nausea, may feel like vomiting
- Ringing in the ears(Tinnitus)
- Hyperpnea or palpitation
- Double vision and fainting
Chronic Overdose of Aspirin
It happens when a normal daily dose of aspirin builds up in the body over a period of time and causes symptoms.
This symptoms are generally happens in two cases:
- Either your kidneys are not working correctly
- When you are dehydrated.
“Chronic overdoses is common among the older lot, during hot weather.”
Likewise under chronic overdose symptoms may include Fatigue, the patient may experience slight fever.
Sometimes he/she may feel confused, a patient can also collapse, experience rapid heart beat, Uncontrollable breathing.
If a patient has had a large overdose, he/she may experience deafness for some time, ringing in the ear sensation such as sound like a clicking, hiss, roaring, pitching.
Dizziness, drowsiness, coma, seizures, patient may become hyperactive etc.
Side Effects Of Aspirin Overdose
Since Aspirin is a type blood thinner medication;
1- Aspirin overdose can cause stomach bleeding.
Moreover, that can be more serious with people who are:
- Using alcohol
- Over the age of 60
- People who are using other blood thinner medications or anti-inflammatory medications
2- Aspirin overdose may also cause an ulcer or irritation of the stomach known as gastritis.
3- Asthma is another side effect of aspirin overdose.
4- Breathing will become fast or may also stop if the immediate treatment delays.
5- Seizures, high fevers, or death may also occur in extreme circumstances or leaves serious permanent health issues.
6- Stroke, because of blood vessels breaking in the brain as a result of blood thinner affect of the aspirin.
Treatments of Aspirin Overdose
The wisest thing to do under any of the above conditions is to seek medical help immediately.
Call the doctor and make arrangements to take the patient to the emergency local hospital if the symptoms are of chronic or large overdose.
If aspirin overdose treatment is delayed or the overdose is large enough, symptoms will continue to worsen and might death.