Generic Name: Aspirin (Oral) is the name of the generic drug.
Brand Names: Arthritis Pain, Aspi-Cor, Aspir-Low, Bayer Plus, Durlaz.
Types of drugs: Salicylates, which stop platelets from sticking together,
Ecotrin is a salicylate (say “sa-LIS-il-ate”). Salicylates are used to treat pain, lower fever, and reduce swelling.
Ecotrin is sometimes used to treat or avoid heart attacks, strokes, and angina (chest pain). For these situations, this medicine should only be taken under the care of a doctor.
Ecotrin may also be used for other reasons that aren’t in this book.
Drugs that are similar
amlodipine, lisinopril, aspirin, acetaminophen, prednisone, metoprolol, ibuprofen
Ecotrin can make children get Reye’s syndrome, which is a dangerous and sometimes fatal illness.
Before you take this drug
If a child or teen with flu symptoms or chickenpox takes Ecotrin, it can cause a condition called Reye’s syndrome, which can be very dangerous or even kill them.
You shouldn’t take Ecotrin if you are allergic to it or if you have ever had an asthma attack or a severe allergic reaction after taking Ecotrin or an NSAID (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug).
Tell your doctor if you’ve ever had:
- asthma or seasonal allergies
- stomach ulcers,
- liver disease,
- kidney disease,
- a bleeding or clotting problem,
- gout, or
- heart disease, high blood pressure, or congestive heart failure.
Taking Ecotrin in the last few weeks of pregnancy could cause the mother or the baby to bleed when they are born. If you are pregnant or want to get pregnant, you should tell your doctor.
If you are breastfeeding, you shouldn’t take Ecotrin.
How do I take the drug Ecotrin?
Follow the directions on the package or what your doctor tells you to do.
When giving Ecotrin to a child, you should always follow the advice on the package.
If Ecotrin makes your stomach feel bad, take it with food.
Before you take the chewable tablet, you have to chew it.
Do not crush, chew, break, or open a delayed/extended-release or enteric-coated pill. Take it all in.
If you are going to have surgery, you should tell your doctor.
Keep at room temperature and away from heat and moisture.
If this bottle of Ecotrin smells strongly like vinegar, don’t use it. The medicine might no longer work.
What will happen if I don’t take a dose?
When needed, Ecotrin is used. If you are on a plan for taking your medicine, skip any doses you miss. Don’t take both doses at the same time.
What happens if I overdose?
Get help from a doctor right away or call 1-800-222-1222 to reach the Poison Help line.
If you take too much, you might get stomach pain, throw up, have diarrhea, have trouble seeing or hearing, breathe quickly or slowly, or get confused.
What should I stay away from while I’m on Ecotrin?
Avoid drinking. If you drink a lot, you may be more likely to get stomach bleeding.
If you take Ecotrin to avoid a stroke or heart attack, don’t take aspirin. If you take this medicine with Ibuprofen, it may not work as well to protect your heart and blood vessels. Ask your doctor how long you should wait between each dose.
Before taking other medicines for pain, fever, swelling, or cold/flu symptoms, talk to a doctor or pharmacy. They might have some of the same ingredients as Ecotrin, like magnesium salicylate, ibuprofen, ketoprofen, or naproxen.
If you have hives, trouble breathing, or swelling in your face, lips, tongue, or throat, you may be having an allergic response.
There could be bad side effects from taking Ecotrin. Stop taking Ecotrin and call your doctor right away if you have:
- ringing in your ears, confusion, hallucinations, fast breathing, seizure (convulsions);
- severe nausea, vomiting, or stomach pain;
- bloody or tarry stools, coughing up blood, or vomit that looks like coffee grounds;
- fever that lasts more than 3 days; or
- swelling or pain that lasts more than 10 days.
Common Ecotrin side effects include upset stomach, heartburn, feeling sleepy, or getting a mild headache.
This isn’t a full list of all possible side effects, and there may be others. You should talk to your doctor about any side effects. You can call 1-800-FDA-1088 to tell the FDA about side affects.
How will other medicines change Ecotrin?
If you take a drug, talk to your doctor before taking Ecotrin. If you take this medicine with certain drugs, you may get bruises or bleed more easily.
Ask a doctor or pharmacist before taking Ecotrin with any other medicine, especially:
- a blood thinner (warfarin, Coumadin, Jantoven), or another medicine used to prevent blood clots; or
- other salicylates like Nuprin Backache Caplet, Kaopectate, KneeRelief, Pamprin Cramp Formula, Pepto-Bismol, Tricosal, Trilisate, and others.
This list doesn’t have everything. Other drugs, such as prescription and over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, and herbal items, may interact with Ecotrin. Not every drug combination that could happen is on this list.
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Remember to keep this and all other medicines out of reach of children, to never give your medicines to other people, and to only use this medicine for what it was given for.
Talk to your doctor or other healthcare source to make sure that the information on this page applies to your situation.
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