eCureMe logo
  eCureMe home eCureMe log In Sign Up!
eCureMe Life : Your Healthy Living. Click Here!
Welcome, eCureMe.com medical contents search April 25, 2013
       eCureMe Life
       Medical Supplies
       Calorie Count
       Self-Diagnosis
       Physician Search
       Message Board
      E-mail Doctor
      E-mail Veterinarian
      Self-Diagnosis
      Health-O-Matic Meter
      Calorie Count
      Natural Medicine
      Vitamins & Minerals
      Alternative Living
      My Health Chart
      Diseases & Treatments
      Atlas of Diseases
      Sexually Transmitted
      Diseases
Generic Viagra
      Drug Information
      Illegal Drugs
      Lab & Diagnostic Tests
      Internal Medicine
      Women’s Health
      Pediatrics
      Eye Disorders
      Skin Disorders
      Headache
      Mental Health
      Radiology
      Neurology
      Allergy
      Resource Links
      Physician Directory
      Dentist Directory
      Hospital Directory





Aspirin Overdose

more about Aspirin Overdose


  • Aspirin is a common over-the-counter pain/fever reducer.  Aspirin is also found in combination with some over-the-counter and prescription medications, such as Excedrin, Anacin, Fiorinal, and Percodan.
  • Aspirin taken at higher-than-recommended doses can cause severe toxicity.  At a biochemical level, aspirin interferes with the normal energy-producing pathways (aerobic metabolism).  This results in the body using a different pathway (anaerobic metabolism) -- creating excessive Lactic acid and heat.
  • Aspirin also causes inflammation of the stomach lining and Gastritis or bleeding ulcers.  Aspirin overdose can occur by taking a large amount at one time, or by taking lower doses over a continuous period.

  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Rapid breathing
  • Heart racing
  • Ringing in ears
  • Agitation
  • Confusion
  • Seizures
  • Coma

  • Accidental overuse
  • Taking products you did not know contained aspirin (see above)
  • Suicide attempts

  • Examination:
    1. Fever
    2. Fast heart rate
    3. Rapid deep breathing
    4. Crackles in lungs (if Pulmonary Edema)
    5. Mental status changes
  • Laboratory Findings:
    1. Arterial blood gas is abnormal
    2. Prothrombin time (a measure of clotting ability) is elevated (therefore blood is "thinner" and more likely to result in bleeding)
    3. Elevated Anion Gap (abnormal blood chemistries)

  • Gastric lavage ("stomach pumped")
  • Activated charcoal -- binds aspirin so it cannot be absorbed
  • Intravenous Sodium Bicarbonate for metabolic acidosis
  • Alkalinize the urine
  • Hemodialysis (kidney machine used temporarily) in severe cases

  • You need immediate emergency medical treatment.  Aspirin overdose is very serious and can cause death.

  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol overdose)





more about Aspirin Overdose


If you want your friend to read or know about this article, Click here






medical contents search

Home   |   About Us   |   Contact Us   |   Employment Ad   |   Help

Terms and Conditions under which this service is provided to you. Read our Privacy Policy.
Copyright © 2002 - 2003 eCureMe, Inc All right reserved.