Nitroglycerin review

Nitroglycerin is a nitrate that widens the blood vessels, allowing the blood to flow more freely and thus allowing the heat to pump more blood. Nitroglycerin can also be used to cure and prevent angina or heart attacks.

Nitroglycerin is used as a spray for cure of angina. At the earliest sign of the attack, the spray is applied directly on or under the tongue. The mouth is then closed after spray. Users must not inhale the spray. Nitroglycerin may also be used 5 minutes before any activity that may result to chest pains.

Nitroglycerin also comes in tablets, which should be dissolved in the mouth properly. It should not be swallowed or chewed. Users may feel a stinging sensation in their mouth, but this is normally and may indicate that the drug is working.

Nitroglycerin is not recommended for those who use Viagra. Using it with Viagra can result to serious and even fatal side effects. Likewise, Nitroglycerin is not to be used by those who are allergic to other medications such as Imdur, Isordil, and BiDil. It is also not recommended for those who have experienced signs of heart attack like chest pains, nausea, sweating, and pain in the arms or shoulders. Those who are suffering from severe anemia, tumor, and brain injury are also not advised to take Nitroglycerin.

It is important that users advise their doctors about any allergy to drugs or previous cases of liver diseases, glaucoma, low blood pressure, and liver disease. In case a user misses a dose, take the missed dose at the soonest possible time. If it is about time for the next dose, just skip the dose and go back to the regular schedule. Never take 2 doses to make up for a missed dose.

If a patient uses Nitroglycerin for prevention on angina, always follow the dosing schedule. He or she should not suddenly stop the medication or there will be a risk of serious attacks of angina.

Nitroglycerine tablets must be kept at room temperature, and kept away from reach of children and animals.

Like most drugs, Nitroglycerin can have side effects, although these are mostly isolated cases. Some of the possible side effects include difficulty in breathing, swollen face, lips, throat, and tongue, and hives. More serious side effects include blurred vision, uneven heart rate, vomiting, pale skin, fever, soar throat, red skin rashes, and unexplained sweating. Users should report to their doctors about incidence of these serious side effects.

Certain drugs may affect the effectiveness of Nitroglycerin. Users must inform their doctors if they are taking any of the following medications: aspirin, alteplase, bladder medications like Ditropan and Detrol, blood pressure drugs, erectile dysfunction medication like Cialis and Levitra, anti-depressants like Elavil and Etrafon, beta-blockers like Tenormin and Coreg, calcium blockers like Tiazac, Nimoton, and Betapace. Likewise, drugs for irritable bowel like Bentyl, Cystopaz, and Anaspaz as well as medication for psychiatric disorders may interfere with the effectiveness of Nitroglycerine.

Nitroglycerin has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of nitroglycerin

• Molecular formula of nitroglycerin is C3H5N3O9
• Chemical IUPAC Name is 1,3-dinitrooxypropan-2-yl nitrate
• Molecular weight is 227.087 g/mol
Nitroglycerin available : 0.02mg tablets

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