Beyond it’s typical use as an analgesic for occasional headache, fever and body aches, aspirin is frequently recommended by doctors to help a wide range of health conditions.
There is much documentation supporting the little white pill’s ability to prevent heart attack and stroke, as well as number of other serious health concerns such as the formation of blood clots in high-risk individuals. Although, more recently, an increasing number of potentially serious side effects associated with it’s daily use have come to light.
What are the Dangers of Taking Aspirin?
When taken regularly over an extended period of time, even very small doses of aspirin can lead to the formation of painful stomach and intestinal ulcers. Larger doses have been associated with tinnitus (ringing in the ears), and it is known to interact poorly with a number of other pharmaceutical drugs. There is also a small, but noteworthy, potential for allergic reactions; particularly in younger children.
Aspirin is the oldest of what are known as “non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.” It’s underlining ability to help thin and improve blood flow has been known for years. Now, according to researchers at the University of East Anglia (UAE) in the United Kingdom, it appears that this double-edged sword may also increase the risk of developing Crohn’s disease in some individuals by up to five times.