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Aspirin 75mg Gastro-Resistant Tablets

PACKAGE LEAFLET: INFORMATION FOR THE PATIENT

Aspirin 75mg Gastro-Resistant Tablets

Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine because it contains important information for you. This medicine is available without prescription. However, you still need to use Aspirin 75mg Gastro-Resistant Tablets carefully to get the best results from it. Always take this medicine exactly as described in this leaflet or as your doctor or pharmacist has told you.

  • Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
  • Ask your pharmacist if you need more information or advice.
  • If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. See section 4.
  • You must talk to a doctor if you do not feel better or if you feel worse after three days.

What is in this leaflet

1. What Aspirin 75mg Gastro-Resistant Tablets is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you take Aspirin 75mg Gastro- Resistant Tablets
3. How to take Aspirin 75mg Gastro-Resistant Tablets
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Aspirin 75mg Gastro-Resistant Tablets
6. Contents of the pack and other information

1. What Aspirin 75mg Gastro-Resistant Tablets is and what it is used for

Aspirin belongs to a group of medicines called antiplatelet agents that help prevent your blood cells sticking together and forming a blood clot.

Aspirin 75mg Tablets are principally used to prevent blood clots forming following a heart attack or stroke or to help prevent heart attacks and strokes in patients who have previously suffered from these conditions. They may have been prescribed for you if you have recently had by-pass surgery.

2. What you need to know before you take Aspirin 75mg Gastro-Resistant Tablets

Do not take Aspirin 75mg Gastro-Resistant Tablets:

  • if you are allergic to aspirin or any of the other ingredients of this medicine (listed in section 6)
  • if you have ever had a bad reaction to aspirin or any other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines (you have ever had asthma, swelling of the lips or face, itchy skin or runny nose after taking them)
  • if you have, or ever had, an ulcer in your stomach or intestine
  • if you are under 16 years old, unless your doctor tells you to
  • if you have, or ever had, a bleed in your stomach or intestines (you may have been sick and it contained blood or dark particles that looked like coffee grounds and/or passed blood in your stools or passed black tarry stools)
  • if you have had other types of bleeding like a stroke
  • if you have a blood clotting disorder (e.g. haemophilia or thrombocytopenia) or are taking medicines to thin your blood
  • if you have gout
  • if you have severe kidney or liver problems
  • if you are in your last 3 months of pregnancy; you must not use higher doses than 100mg per day (see section “Pregnancy and breast-feeding”)
  • if you are taking a medicine called methotrexate (e.g. for cancer or rheumatoid arthritis) in doses higher than 15mg per week

Warnings and precautions

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Aspirin 75mg Gastro-Resistant Tablets:

  • if you are asthmatic, have hay fever, nasal polyps or other chronic respiratory diseases; aspirin may induce asthma attack
  • if you have other kidney, liver or heart problems
  • if you have high blood pressure (your doctor may want to monitor you closely)
  • if you are dehydrated
  • if you have a condition called glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency
  • if you are elderly (your doctor may want to monitor you closely)
  • if you have or have ever had problems with your stomach or small intestine
  • if you have heavy menstrual periods

You must immediately seek medical advice, if your symptoms get worse or if you experience severe or unexpected side effects e.g. unusual bleeding symptoms, serious skin reactions or any other sign of serious allergy (see section “Possible side effects”).

Inform your doctor if you are planning to have an operation (even a minor one, such as tooth extraction) since Aspirin is blood-thinning there may be an increased risk of bleeding.

You should take care not to become dehydrated (you may feel thirsty with a dry mouth) since the use of Aspirin at the same time may result in deterioration of kidney function.

This medicinal product is not suitable as a pain killer or fever reducer.

If any of the above applies to you, or if you are not sure, speak to your doctor or pharmacist.

Children and adolescents

Aspirin may cause Reye’s syndrome when given to children.

Reye’s syndrome is a very rare disease which affects the brain and liver and can be life threatening. For this reason, Aspirin tablets should not be given to children aged under 16 years, unless on the advice of a doctor.

Other medicines and Aspirin 75mg Gastro-Resistant Tablets

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicines, particularly the following:

  • Warfarin or other blood thinners
  • Medicines for depression
  • Methotrexate (for cancer, skin problems, rheumatic problems, Crohn’s disease)
  • Ciclosporin or tacrolimus (given after transplant surgery, or psoriasis or rheumatism)
  • Mifepristone (for termination of pregnancy) - do not take this medicine for 8 to 12 days after taking mifepristone
  • Other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines, like ibuprofen (to relieve pain, reduce swollen joints, muscles and ligaments)
  • Corticosteroids like prednisolone (used for many conditions such as pain, swelling, allergy, asthma, rheumatism and skin problems)
  • Phenytoin and sodium valproate (for epilepsy)
  • Medicines for diabetes, such as glibenclamide, glipizide (sulphonylureas) or insulin
  • Medicines used to treat high blood pressure like ACE inhibitors (e.g. ramipril, captopril)
  • Water tablets (diuretics e.g. spironolactone and acetazolamide)
  • Metoclopramide (for feeling sick or being sick)
  • Probenecid and sulfinpyrazone (for gout)
  • Lithium (for severe mental problems)
  • Medicines for heart problems (e.g. digoxin)
  • Sulphonamide antibiotics (e.g. co-trimoxazole)
  • Acetazolamide (for glaucoma)
  • Zafirlukast (for asthma)
  • Antacids (for indigestion) or adsorbents (e.g. kaolin for diarrhoea)

Aspirin may affect the results of thyroid function tests. Tell your doctor or nurse if you are taking these tablets.

Taking this medicine with alcohol

Do NOT drink alcohol whilst taking this medicine. Drinking alcohol may possibly increase the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding and prolong bleeding time.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding

  • Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking any medicine.
  • Pregnant women should not take aspirin during pregnancy unless advised by their doctor.
  • You should not take Aspirin tablets if you are in the last 3 months of pregnancy, unless you are advised to do so by your doctor and then the daily dose should not exceed 100mg (see section “Do not take this medicine”). Regular or high doses of this medicinal product during late pregnancy can cause serious complications in the mother or baby.
  • Breast-feeding women should not take Aspirin unless advised by their doctor.

Driving and using machines

These tablets do not usually affect the ability to drive or operate machinery.

Aspirin 75mg Gastro-Resistant Tablets contains lactose

If you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor before taking this medicinal product.

3. How to take Aspirin 75mg Gastro-Resistant Tablets

  • Always take this medicine exactly as described in this leaflet or as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
  • This medicine should be swallowed whole with a drink of water, do not cut, crush or chew the tablets.
  • Do not take any medications for indigestion either immediately before or after taking this medicine.

Dosage

Adults, elderly and children over 16 years: The usual dose for long term use is one to two tablets daily. In some circumstances a higher dose may be appropriate, especially in the short term, and up to 300mg a day may be used on the advice of a doctor. Caution is required in elderly patients who are more prone to adverse events. Treatment should be reviewed at regular intervals. Patients should consult their doctor before starting long term aspirin treatment in order to prevent a further heart attack or stroke.

Do not give to children aged under 16 years unless on the advice of doctor. There is a possible association between aspirin and Reye’s syndrome when given to children. Reye’s syndrome is a very rare disease, which can be fatal.

Do not take more than the recommended dose.

If you take more Aspirin 75mg Gastro-Resistant Tablets than you should

It is important to keep to the dose on the label or follow the instructions above. Taking more than this could make you ill. If an overdose is taken, DO NOT DELAY, ask your doctor what to do or contact your nearest accident and emergency department.

Common symptoms of overdose include: vomiting, dehydration, ringing in the ears, vertigo (dizziness), deafness, sweating, warm arms, legs or hands with racing pulse, rapid and deep breathing (hyperventilation) and increased breathing rate.

If you forget to take Aspirin 75mg Gastro-Resistant Tablets

If you miss a dose, wait and take your next dose at the usual time.

Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.

If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

4. Possible side effects

Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.

STOP TAKING this medicine and tell your doctor immediately if you suffer from any of the following:

  • Sudden wheezing, swelling of your lips, face or body, rash, fainting or difficulties swallowing (severe allergic reaction), shock
  • Reddening of the skin with blisters or peeling and may be associated with a high fever and joint pains. This could be erythema multiforme, Stevens -Johnson syndrome or Lyell’s syndrome
  • Unusual bleeding, such as coughing up blood, blood in your vomit or urine, or a stroke due to bleeding in brain or black stools

Other side effects

Common: may affect up to 1 in 10 people

  • Indigestion
  • Increased tendency for bleeding

Uncommon: may affect up to 1 in 100 people

  • Hives
  • Runny nose
  • Breathing difficulty

Rare: may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people

  • Severe bleeding in the stomach or intestines, brain haemorrhage; altered number of blood cells
  • Inflammation of the stomach lining
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Cramps in the lower respiratory tract, asthma attack
  • Inflammation in the blood vessels
  • Abnormal heavy or prolonged menstrual periods

Not known: frequency cannot be estimated from the available data

  • Ringing in your ears (tinnitus) or reduced hearing ability
  • Headache
  • Vertigo
  • Ulcers in stomach or small intestine and perforation
  • Diarrhoea
  • Increased bleeding time, e.g. when you have a nose bleed, bleeding gums (if bleeding is severe or lasts for a long time, talk to your doctor straight away)
  • Impaired kidney function
  • Salt and water retention
  • Impaired liver function
  • High level of uric acid in the blood
  • Anaemia (a reduction in the number of red blood cells which can make you look pale and feel tired) may occur due to bleeding
  • Kidney stones (sharp stabbing pains in the stomach or back, with blood in the urine)

Reporting of side effects

If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via Yellow Card Scheme Website: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard or search for MHRA Yellow card in the Google Play or Apple App Store. By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.

5. How to store Aspirin 75mg Gastro-Resistant Tablets

  • Keep this medicine out of the reach and sight of children.
  • Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the label. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
  • Do not store above 25°C.
  • Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household water. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help protect the environment.

6. Contents of the pack and other information

What Aspirin 75mg Gastro-Resistant Tablets contains

The active substance is: aspirin 75 mg.

The other ingredients are: microcrystalline cellulose, lactose monohydrate, corn starch, colloidal anhydrous silica, stearic acid, methacrylic acid – ethyl acrylate copolymer (1:1) dispersion 30%, talc, triethyl citrate.

What Aspirin 75mg Gastro-Resistant Tablets looks like and contents of the pack

This medicine can be identified as white, film-coated, round tablets.

It is packed in cartons containing 28, 56, 84 or 100 tablets in foil blister strips.

Not all pack sizes may be marketed.

Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer

Dexcel®-Pharma Ltd.
7 Sopwith Way
Drayton Fields
Daventry
Northamptonshire
NN11 8PB
UK

Aspirin 75mg Gastro-resistant Tablets; PL 14017/0022

This leaflet was last revised in June 2018

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