Consider once again what you've learned about aspirin and answer the following questions:
- What were some of the drawbacks to salicylic acid as a pain reliever?
- What are some of the benefits of aspirin?
- How does aspirin work?
- What are some strategies for reducing stomach irritation caused by aspirin?
- How would knowledge of the way aspirin reacts in acidic, basic, and neutral solutions help in solving the problem of stomach irritation?
- How has the understanding of aspirin’s molecular structure and its interaction with other chemicals in the body aided doctors in medical research?
- What differences, if any, did you observe in the tablets while in water? In vinegar? In baking soda solution?
- Enteric aspirin is designed to remain intact until it reaches the small intestine. What could you hypothesize about the pH of the small intestine?