Aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) has been in the market for over a century, and used as a way to reduce fever, redness, pain, swelling, inflammation and also to relieve headaches. Aspirin manages to relieve the body of discomfort by blocking natural substance in the body, which results in the pain and swelling being reduced. Before the first discovery of the modern day aspirin, many people had already been using one of the key ingredients of aspirin (salicylic acid) to relieve pain. However, consuming salicylic acid alone had incidents of causing nausea, vomiting, and some even ended up in a coma.
Thankfully, the modern day aspirin pills that are made of acetylsalicylic acid were first discovered was when Felix Hoffmann’s rheumatic father encouraged his to produce a medicine to help his rheumatism. This resulted in Felix Hoffmann, a chemist in the pharmaceutical laboratory of the Friedrich Bayer ; Co, consulting the chemical literature and coming across the synthesis of acetylsalicylic acid. He then prepared the first sample of pure acetylsalicylic acid on 10 August 1897. The first sample of aspirin was then sent into the market in 1899 as a safe way of consuming salicylic acid without experiencing the unpleasant effects that came along with just consuming salicylic acid alone.