GENERIC NAME: NITRATES - ORAL
USES: This medication relaxes blood vessels allowing more blood to flow through. This improves blood flow to the heart. Oral dose forms are used to prevent angina (chest pain). This medication is NOT for treating an attack of chest pain that is already happening.
HOW TO USE: This medication is best taken on an empty stomach with a full glass of water. Take exactly as prescribed. To be effective in preventing chest pain, you must continue taking this drug even if you feel well. Sustained-release or long acting tablets and capsules must be swallowed whole. Crushing or chewing them destroys the long action and may increase side effects. Do not stop taking this drug suddenly without consulting your doctor. Some conditions may become worse when the drug is suddenly stopped. Your dose may need to be gradually decreased. Notify your doctor if the medication does not appear to be as effective. Do not increase your dose or take it more often than prescribed without consulting your doctor.
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