The anti-inflammatory and healing properties of aspirin have been known about for centuries, but many people develop adverse effects, including vomiting, nausea, heartburn, and stomach pain. What’s more, using aspirin in the long-term, as may be required for chronic inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis and cardiovascular disease, may increase the risk of bleeding. Therefore, alternative forms of aspirin, such as Ecosprin 75, have been developed to tackle these issues. Here’s what you need to know.
What Is Ecosprin 75?
Ecosprin 75 is a low-dose form of aspirin. Aspirin belongs to the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) category of drugs, and has analgesic, anti-inflammatory and anti-fever effects, as well as reducing blood clotting. It functions through interfering with an enzyme called cyclooxygenase (COX), which is responsible for inflammation, pain, and fever. NSAIDs reduce clot formation through inhibiting the production of a chemical in platelets termed thromboxane A2.
Ecosprin 75 delays the release of the aspirin to the bloodstream to maintain the drug in the system for longer. This can also prevent the aspirin dissolving completely in stomach acid, which can inactivate the drug, or cause irritation of the gastric mucosa.
What Are the Uses of Ecosprin 75?
Ecosprin 75 can be used to treat a wide variety of conditions. Firstly, as with all NSAIDs, it can reduce fever, and alleviate mild aches and pains, and works well against inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus. Its anti-clotting effects can be utilized to cut the risk of heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular issues.
How to Take Ecosprin 75
Doses and instructions
Generally speaking, the usual dose of Ecosprin 75 for anti-inflammatory and analgesic purposes is 500-1,000 mg every day, divided into three doses, or taken four hours apart, although this will vary according to the condition being treated and the individual patient. Children require different doses, so speak to your doctor or pharmacist about how much your child needs.
Ecosprin 75 typically comes as a tab. Ecosprin 75 tablets should be swallowed whole with water and ingesting the tablets at mealtimes may help to prevent stomach irritation. Don’t lie down for a least half an hour after taking Ecosprin 75.
If you are using this drug on a regular basis and miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the forgotten dose and don’t try to make up for any missed doses by taking more of the drug.
Precautions to take before using
Ecosprin should not be taken if you have any of the following:
Bleeding disorders, such as hemophilia or von Willebrand disease
If you have ever had a serious allergic reaction to aspirin, other NSAIDs, or tartrazine
If you are currently receiving any anticoagulant drugs (e.g. warfarin or heparin) or methotrexate
If you have flu or chickenpox and are under the age of 16 (this can predispose the child to a serious condition known as Reye syndrome)
If you have any of the following health conditions you may need advice from your doctor before using Ecosprin 75 tablets:
Flu or chickenpox
Vitamin K deficiency
Kidney or liver conditions
If you are taking any other prescription or non-prescription drugs
If you have any allergies to drugs or other substances
If you drink more than three alcoholic drinks each day
Speak to your doctor before taking Ecosprin 75 if you have recently received, or are due to undergo any medical or dental procedures or surgery.
Ecosprin 75 and Pregnancy
If you are pregnant, plan on becoming pregnant, or are breastfeeding, you should always speak to your doctor before taking any medication containing aspirin to talk about any possible risks to your baby.
However, taking Ecosprin 75 in pregnancy does have some beneficial effects for pregnant women, and is often prescribed to ease pregnancy-associated symptoms, including pain and aches. It may also prevent clots forming, lower the risk of miscarriage, and can be used to treat an autoimmune condition in pregnant women known as antiphospholipid syndrome.
However, you will need careful monitoring for any adverse effects and you should only take a tablet when absolutely necessary.
Ecosprin 75 is not recommended for the first trimester (first three months) of pregnancy, as it could affect organ formation in the embryo, which has not yet been completed.
Doctors also strongly advise against taking Ecosprin 75 in pregnancy in the final trimester (last three months), as it may cause problems with the baby’s cardiovascular system and inhibit labor. Aspirin can also pass through to the breast milk, which can raise the risk of platelet malfunction and bleeding disorders in infants. Therefore, if you are currently breastfeeding, speak with your doctor before taking an aspirin-containing medicine.
What Are Ecosprin 75 Side Effects?
There are many possible side effects associated with aspirin-based drugs, some of which can be serious. However, as Ecosprin 75 is designed as a low-dose, slow-release medication, it typically produces fewer side effects than conventional aspirin-based drugs.
Nevertheless, any drug containing aspirin can, in rare cases, produce severe and possibly life-threatening adverse effects. If you experience any of the following, seek immediate medical attention:
Black-colored or bloody stools
Hearing loss or ringing in the ears
Vomiting, especially if it is red- or brown-colored
Unexpected swelling or weight gain
Severe abdominal or back pain
Any of the signs of serious allergic reaction: itching, hives, trouble breathing, swelling in the face, throat, lips, or tongue and chest tightness
Long-term use of aspirin-containing drugs, including Ecosprin 75, may result in increased inflammation, ulceration, and bleeding in the digestive system, especially in the stomach. It can also lower the number of platelets in the blood, leading to increased risk of bruising or injury, so be careful with physical activity. If you see any unexplained bleeding or bruising, speak to your doctor.
Note: store it properly
Be careful where your store each tab; Ecosprin 75 should be out of the reach of children and animals. They need to be kept away from light, heat, and moisture. If the tablets have a vinegar-like odor, they have gone off, and need to be thrown away and replaced.