- What is nitroglycerin?
- What brand names are available for nitroglycerin?
- Is nitroglycerin available as a generic drug?
- Do I need a prescription for nitroglycerin?
- Why is nitroglycerin prescribed to patients?
- What are the side effects of nitroglycerin?
- What is the dosage for nitroglycerin?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with nitroglycerin?
- Is nitroglycerin safe to take during pregnancy or while breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about nitroglycerin?
What is nitroglycerin?
What brand names are available for nitroglycerin?
- Nitronol, and others
Is nitroglycerin available as a generic drug?
Yes (for some dosage forms)
Do I need a prescription for nitroglycerin?
Why is nitroglycerin prescribed to patients?
Nitroglycerin is used for the treatment and prevention of angina caused by coronary artery disease. Sublingual nitroglycerin and nitroglycerin spray are used to treat acute anginal attacks. Transdermal nitroglycerin, nitroglycerin ointment and capsules do not act rapidly enough to be used for acute anginal attacks.
What are the side effects of nitroglycerin?
Common side effects include:
- headache and
Other side effects include:
More serious side effects include flushing of the head and neck can occur with nitroglycerin therapy as can an increase in heart rate or palpitations. This can be associated with a drop in blood pressure which can be accompanied by dizziness or weakness. To reduce the risk of low blood pressure, patients often are told to sit or lie down during and immediately after taking nitroglycerin.
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