ERIC NELSON, CUSTOM MEDICAL STOCK PHOTO / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY ERIC NELSON, CUSTOM MEDICAL STOCK PHOTO / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Taking aspirin. Young woman pouring two aspirin pills from a bottle. Next to her is a glass of water to help her swallow the pills. Aspirin is the common name for the analgesic (painkiller) acetylsalicylic acid. It is used to treat mild pain and can reduce the effects of a fever. It also prevents blood clotting, and this can help prevent heart attacks and strokes.
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