ASPIRIN

(Children's chewable aspirin)

 

  • INDICATIONS:

 

    • Myocardial Infarction
    • Chest pain suspicious of cardiac origin

 

  • ADMINISTRATION:

 

    • Chew
    • P.O.

 

  • DOSAGE:

 

    • ADULT:

 

      • 162mg to 324mg
      • Give two (2) to four (4) “children’s” chewable Aspirin (81mg x 4 = 324mg)

 

 

    • PEDIATRIC:

 

      • NOT APPROVED

 

  • THERAPEUTIC EFFECTS:

 

    • Given as an early potent anticoagulant. Blocks formation of Thromboxane A2. Thromboxane A2 causes platelets to aggregate and arteries to constrict.
    • Reduce overall mortality of acute MI
    • Reduce nonfatal re-infarction.

 

  • RELATIVE CONTRAINDICATIONS:

 

    • Active ulcer;
    • Hypersensitivity to aspirin

 

  • SIDE EFFECTS:
    • Allergic reaction
    • Nausea/Vomiting
    • Indigestion
    • Heartburn
    • Tinnitus

 

  • SPECIAL NOTES / RESTRICTIONS:

 

    • A cost effective medication that can be given within minutes of arrival to the acute MI patient that may reduce overall mortality to almost the same degree as thrombolytic agents.