It's the over the counter pain killer that sits in almost every home medical cabinet.
Australians have been taking aspirin to fix aches and pain for decades, but now there's a new health warning.
Cardiologist Dr Ross Walker says aspirin could be doing more harm than good if it's not prescribed correctly.
Tips from Dr Ross Walker
Those at higher risk of reacting badly to aspirin:
— History of significant bleeding
— Bruise easily
— Known peptic ulceration
Benefits of aspirin:
— 25 percent reduction in heart disease
— 30-50 percent reduction in common cancers
— 40 percent reduction in chronic liver disease
Risks of aspirin:
— Tinnitus & hearing loss
— Severe gastritis
— Stomach bleeding
— Bleeding into the brain
— Gastrointestinal bleeding
— Aggravation of asthma (coughing, wheezing or shortness of breath)