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Aspirin or acetylsalicylic acid is a white crystalline powder which is used like sodium salicylate as a remedy for reducing inflammation and fever. Taken orally, it has some action in relieving pain and producing sleep and is therefore often used for headache and slighter degrees of insomnia (sleeplessness). Daily doses are now used in the prevention of coronary thrombosis (see HEART, DISEASES OF); the dose is 75–300 mg. Aspirin should be used with caution in people with DYSPEPSIA or PEPTIC ULCER. (See also ANALGESICS.)

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