To guide hospital treatment if aspirin over dosage is suspected.
Aspirin therapy of chronic inflammatory conditions is rarely used now.
Usually in hospital after an overdose.
A blood sample drawn from a vein usually in an arm
Salicylates are a group of drugs, including aspirin, available as both prescription and non-prescription (over-the-counter) medications. The plasma concentration of salicylic acid (the active part of aspirin) is being measured as this produces the undesirable side effects, notably damage to the stomach, including ulcers and bleeding, and tinnitus (ringing in the ears).
Normally from a vein in the arm by use of a needle and syringe.
The plasma salicyate concentration is used to assess aspirin dosage and, if over dosage is diagnosed, to guide hospital treatment of aspirin poisoning.
Either to monitor dosage during long-term aspirin treatment, or to help diagnose over dosage.
After over dosage the result has to be interpreted by the hospital doctor who takes into account other factors such as the time the overdose was taken and whether other drugs are present.
Regular asprin consumption should only be adopted under the supervision of your doctor. Low-dose aspirin (50 milligrams or so per day), used to reduce the risk of heart attack is generally safe.
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Last Review Date: April 18, 2015