Which medications in the drug class Salicylates are used in the treatment of Acute Pericarditis?

Updated: Apr 02, 2019
  • Author: Sean Spangler, MD; Chief Editor: Terrence X O'Brien, MD, MS, FACC  more...
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Salicylates

Salicylates reduce inflammation.

Aspirin (Anacin, Bayer Aspirin, Ascriptin)

Aspirin is used for pericarditis secondary to myocardial infarction. This drug inhibits prostaglandin synthesis and blocks prostaglandin synthetase action, which prevents formation of the platelet-aggregating thromboxane A2. Use caution in pregnant women, because full doses are unsafe during pregnancy.


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