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aspirin (rectal) (cont.)


What happens if I miss a dose (Aspirin)?

Since rectal aspirin is sometimes used as needed, you may not be on a dosing schedule. If you are using the medication regularly, use the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and wait until your next regularly scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose (Aspirin)?

Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine.

Overdose symptoms may include severe nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, ringing in the ears, confusion, headache, increased thirst, severe drowsiness, uncontrolled muscle twitching, shortness of breath, bloody urine, hallucinations, or seizure (convulsions).

What should I avoid while using rectal aspirin (Aspirin)?

Do not use any other over-the-counter medication without first asking your doctor or pharmacist. Aspirin is contained in many medicines available over the counter. If you take certain products together you may accidentally take too much aspirin. Read the label of any other medicine you are using to see if it contains aspirin.

What other drugs will affect rectal aspirin (Aspirin)?

Tell your doctor if you are taking an antidepressant such as citalopram (Celexa), duloxetine (Cymbalta), escitalopram (Lexapro), fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem, Symbyax), fluvoxamine (Luvox), paroxetine (Paxil), sertraline (Zoloft), or venlafaxine (Effexor). Taking any of these drugs while you are also use rectal aspirin may cause you to bruise or bleed easily.

Before using rectal aspirin, tell your doctor if you are using any of the following drugs:

  • alprostadil (Caverject, Edex);
  • epitifibatide (Integrilin);
  • tirofiban (Aggrastat);
  • probenecid (Benemid);
  • divalproex (Depakote) or valproic acid (Depacon, Depakene);
  • an antacid or laxative;
  • a blood thinner such as heparin or warfarin (Coumadin);
  • cancer medicine such as abciximab (Reopro), methotrexate (Folex, Rheumatrex, Folex);
  • insulin or diabetes medicine you take by mouth;
  • an antibiotic such as cefemandole (Maxipime), cefotetan (Cefotan), ciprofloxacin (Cipro), demeclocycline (Declomycin), doxycycline (Doryx, Periostat, Vibramycin), minocycline (Dynacin, Minocin), norfloxacin (Noroxin), ofloxacin (Floxin), piperacillin (Pipracil), tetracycline (Broadspec, Panmycin, Sumycin), ticarcillin (Ticar), vancomycin (Vancocin);
  • an antifungal such as itraconazole (Sporanox) or ketoconazole (Nizoral);
  • medication used to prevent blood clots, such as alteplase (Activase), clopidogrel (Plavix), dipyridamole (Persantine), ticlopidine (Ticlid), and urokinase (Abbokinase);
  • salicylates such as Disalcid, Doan's Pills, Dolobid, Salflex, Tricosal; or
  • NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), diclofenac (Voltaren), diflunisal (Dolobid), etodolac (Lodine), flurbiprofen (Ansaid), indomethacin (Indocin), ketoprofen (Orudis), ketorolac (Toradol), mefenamic acid (Ponstel), meloxicam (Mobic), nabumetone (Relafen), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), piroxicam (Feldene).

This list is not complete and there may be other drugs not listed that can interact with aspirin. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor.

Where can I get more information?

Your pharmacist has information about rectal aspirin written for health professionals that you may read.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

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