Halfprin

Name: Halfprin

Halfprin Overview

Halfprin is a brand name medication included in the following groups of medications: Other agents for local oral treatment, Platelet aggregation inhibitors excl. heparin, Salicylic acid and derivatives. For more information about Halfprin see its generic Acetylsalicylic Acid

What is the most important information I should know about Halfprin (aspirin)?

You should not use aspirin if you have a bleeding disorder such as hemophilia, a recent history of stomach or intestinal bleeding, or if you are allergic to an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug).

Aspirin can cause Reye's syndrome, a serious and sometimes fatal condition in children.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking Halfprin (aspirin)?

Do not give this medicine to a child or teenager with a fever, flu symptoms, or chicken pox. Aspirin can cause Reye's syndrome, a serious and sometimes fatal condition in children.

You should not use aspirin if you are allergic to it, or if you have:

  • a recent history of stomach or intestinal bleeding;

  • a bleeding disorder such as hemophilia; or

  • if you have ever had an asthma attack or severe allergic reaction after taking aspirin or an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) such as Advil, Motrin, Aleve, Orudis, Indocin, Lodine, Voltaren, Toradol, Mobic, Relafen, Feldene, and others.

To make sure aspirin is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:

  • asthma or seasonal allergies;

  • stomach ulcers;

  • liver disease;

  • kidney disease;

  • a bleeding or blood clotting disorder;

  • gout; or

  • heart disease, high blood pressure, or congestive heart failure.

Taking aspirin during late pregnancy may cause bleeding in the mother or the baby during delivery. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

Aspirin can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while using this medicine.

How should I take Halfprin (aspirin)?

Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Take with food if aspirin upsets your stomach.

Do not crush, chew, break, or open an enteric-coated or delayed-release pill. Swallow it whole.

The chewable tablet form of aspirin must be chewed before swallowing.

If you use the orally disintegrating tablet or the dispersible tablet, follow all dosing instructions provided with your medicine.

If you need surgery, tell the surgeon ahead of time that you are using aspirin. You may need to stop using the medicine for a short time.

Do not take this medicine if you smell a strong vinegar odor in the aspirin bottle. The medicine may no longer be effective.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

Commonly used brand name(s)

In the U.S.

  • Ascriptin
  • Aspergum
  • Aspirtab
  • Bayer
  • Easprin
  • Ecotrin
  • Ecpirin
  • Entercote
  • Genacote
  • Halfprin
  • Ninoprin
  • Norwich Aspirin

Available Dosage Forms:

  • Tablet, Enteric Coated
  • Tablet, Extended Release
  • Tablet
  • Capsule
  • Tablet, Chewable
  • Capsule, Extended Release, 24 HR
  • Tablet, Effervescent
  • Capsule, Delayed Release
  • Gum

Therapeutic Class: Analgesic

Pharmacologic Class: NSAID

Chemical Class: Salicylate, Aspirin

Uses For Halfprin

Aspirin extended-release capsules are used to lower risk of heart attack in patients with chronic coronary artery disease, such as patients with history of heart attack or angina (severe chest pain). It is also used to lower risk of recurrent stroke in patients who had an ischemic stroke or transient ischemic attack.

This medicine is available only with your doctor's prescription.

Proper Use of aspirin

This section provides information on the proper use of a number of products that contain aspirin. It may not be specific to Halfprin. Please read with care.

Take this medicine only as directed by your doctor. Do not take more of it, do not take it more often, and do not take it for a longer time than your doctor ordered.

Take the capsule with a full glass of water at the same time each day.

Swallow the extended-release capsule whole. Do not crush, break, or chew it.

Do not take Durlaza™ 2 hours before or 1 hour after drinking alcohol.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For oral dosage form (extended-release capsules):
    • To lower risk of heart attack and stroke:
      • Adults—162.5 milligrams (mg) (one capsule) once a day.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.

Storage

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.

Precautions While Using Halfprin

It is very important that your doctor check your progress while you are using this medicine. This will allow your doctor to see if the medicine is working properly and to decide if you should continue to take it.

This medicine can not be used for treatment of a heart attack. Use an immediate-release aspirin in such an event.

Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Do not use this medicine during the later part of a pregnancy unless your doctor tells you to.

This medicine may increase risk for bleeding problems, including stomach ulcers or bleeding. This usually occurs if you are taking aspirin with certain medicines (eg, NSAIDs, blood thinner). Check with your doctor right away if you have black, tarry stools, severe or continuing stomach pain, unusual bleeding, bruising, or weakness, or vomiting of blood or material that looks like coffee grounds.

Do not take other medicines unless they have been discussed with your doctor. This includes prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter [OTC]) medicines and herbal or vitamin supplements.

Halfprin Side Effects

Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:

Incidence not known
  • Abdominal or stomach pain, cramping, or burning
  • black, tarry stools
  • bloody or cloudy urine
  • change in consciousness
  • chest pain or discomfort
  • confusion
  • constipation
  • convulsions, severe or continuing
  • dark urine
  • decreased frequency or amount of urine
  • diarrhea
  • difficult breathing
  • drowsiness
  • fainting
  • fast breathing
  • feeling that something terrible will happen
  • fever
  • general tiredness and weakness
  • greatly decreased frequency of urination or amount of urine
  • headache
  • heartburn
  • increased thirst
  • indigestion
  • irregular heartbeat
  • light-colored stools
  • loss of appetite
  • loss of consciousness
  • lower back or side pain
  • muscle cramping and weakness
  • muscle tremors
  • nausea or vomiting
  • nervousness
  • numbness or tingling in the hands, feet, or lips
  • panic
  • rapid, deep breathing
  • restlessness
  • seizures
  • skin rash
  • stomach cramps
  • swelling of the face, fingers, or lower legs
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • upper right abdominal or stomach
  • vomiting of blood or material that looks like coffee grounds
  • weakness or heaviness of the legs
  • weight gain
  • yellow eyes and skin

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

Incidence not known
  • Acid or sour stomach
  • anxiety
  • belching
  • dizziness
  • dry mouth
  • hyperventilation
  • irritability
  • shaking
  • stomach discomfort, upset, or pain
  • trouble sleeping
  • unusual drowsiness, dullness, tiredness, weakness, or feeling of sluggishness

Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

For the Consumer

Applies to aspirin: oral capsule, oral capsule delayed release, oral capsule extended release 24 hr, oral gum, oral tablet, oral tablet chewable, oral tablet effervescent, oral tablet enteric coated, oral tablet extended release

Along with its needed effects, aspirin (the active ingredient contained in Halfprin) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking aspirin:

Incidence not known
  • Abdominal or stomach pain, cramping, or burning
  • black, tarry stools
  • bloody or cloudy urine
  • change in consciousness
  • chest pain or discomfort
  • confusion
  • constipation
  • convulsions, severe or continuing
  • dark urine
  • decreased frequency or amount of urine
  • diarrhea
  • difficult breathing
  • drowsiness
  • fainting
  • fast breathing
  • feeling that something terrible will happen
  • fever
  • general tiredness and weakness
  • greatly decreased frequency of urination or amount of urine
  • headache
  • heartburn
  • increased thirst
  • indigestion
  • irregular heartbeat
  • light-colored stools
  • loss of appetite
  • loss of consciousness
  • lower back or side pain
  • muscle cramping and weakness
  • muscle tremors
  • nausea or vomiting
  • nervousness
  • numbness or tingling in the hands, feet, or lips
  • panic
  • rapid, deep breathing
  • restlessness
  • seizures
  • skin rash
  • stomach cramps
  • swelling of the face, fingers, or lower legs
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • upper right abdominal or stomach
  • vomiting of blood or material that looks like coffee grounds
  • weakness or heaviness of the legs
  • weight gain
  • yellow eyes and skin

Some side effects of aspirin may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

Incidence not known
  • Acid or sour stomach
  • anxiety
  • belching
  • dizziness
  • dry mouth
  • hyperventilation
  • irritability
  • shaking
  • stomach discomfort, upset, or pain
  • trouble sleeping
  • unusual drowsiness, dullness, tiredness, weakness, or feeling of sluggishness

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