This medication is classified as a nonsteroidal analgesic, a group that includes salicylates. Its primary use is to treat pain, swelling, and joint aches that are symptoms of many conditions, such as arthritis and sports injuries. Choline salicylate has similar properties to many other types of medications that are used to treat the same symptoms.
The needed dosage amount of choline salicylate will depend on the problem or illness it is used to treat and the severity of the symptoms that are experienced. Some dosage levels are available for purchase as an over the counter medication. Others are stronger and are available only with a prescription from a physician. It is important to check all current over the counter medications and inform the prescribing physician if any of those medications contain salicylates or aspirin, because combining multiple medications with these ingredients can lead to an overdose.
Although it is also available in tablet form, choline salicylate oral solution is more commonly chosen, especially for children and adults who have difficulty swallowing pills. The liquid form allows the medication to be taken easily and digested quicker. A quicker digestion ensures quicker relief from pain or discomfort.
Choline salicylate should be taken exactly as prescribed. Drinking eight ounces of water is recommended following each dose to help stomach acids digest the medicine. If it is not possible to obtain a flavored version of the solution, an unflavored version can be mixed with juice or flavored water.
Common side effects that may occur when taking choline salicylate include nausea, vomiting, and heartburn. These effects are often temporary, and will stop as the body adjusts. It may help to take the medicine with a small meal or a few crackers.
Rare side effects that can occur include stomach bleeding, anemia, and stomach ulcers. A physician should be consulted if any of these problems are suspected. An allergic reaction is possible if trouble breathing, rash, or hives occur, and requires emergency medical care.
Choline salicylate should not be taken if there is an allergy to aspirin or any other type of salicylate. The prescribing physician should be aware of all medical conditions and all other medications. The physician will need to ensure that this medication will not complicate current medical problems or cause a reaction with other medications.