Salicylates are a group of chemicals found in certain plants and medications. These compounds possess anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties. Aspirin, a well-known salicylate, is commonly used as a pain reliever and fever reducer due to its ability to inhibit certain enzymes involved in inflammation processes. Some herbs with salicylates include willow bark, meadowsweet, chamomile, birch bark, and wintergreen.
Should an individual with gout take aspirin?
Individuals with gout should not take aspirin because it can interfere with the excretion of uric acid and limit effects of some gout medication. Instead, doctors recommend using NSAIDs such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and naproxen (Aleve) to treat gout symptoms.