Aspirin is a medicine that was introduced almost 100 years ago and is based on the active ingredient acetylsalicylic acid (ASA). Initially, it was primarily intended as a remedy for pain and fever, but the anticoagulant and anti-inflammatory effects opened up a wide range of other areas of application, such as in the prevention of heart attacks and strokes. Aspirin also harbors the risk of side effects, whereby in addition to nausea and vomiting, mucous membrane irritation, bleeding in the stomach and intestine and possible asthma attacks in asthmatics are particularly worth mentioning. Use in children is viewed rather critically today and special caution is also required during pregnancy. As a positive side effect of long-term aspirin intake, a reduced risk of colorectal cancer is discussed among experts. (fp)

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