Acetylsalicylic acid, commonly called aspirin or salicylic acid, is a common pain reliever first synthetized by German chemist Arthur Eichengrun while working for Bayer in 1853.

Acetylsalicylic acid is a prodrug and is transformed in the body to salicylate, the active form of the drug. Salicylates are also anti-inflammatory (i.e., prevent swelling and phenomena related to swelling associated with trauma or allergic response).


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