Angina is a chest pain that happens because of the lack of blood that is traveling to your heart. When it does happen, it can feel like a heart attack, especially with the feelings of pressure or squeezing of your chest that can happen. Angina is a symptom of heart disease, and it happens when something blocks your arteries or there is not enough blood flow in the arteries that bring the oxygen rich blood to your heart.
This medication is used to treat chest pain (angina) in people that have a certain heart condition known as coronary artery disease. This medication may also be used if you are experiencing chest pain during physical activities such as exercising or any sexual activity. Taking this medication will help prevent the chest pain that occurs.
Nitroglycerin belongs to a class of drugs known as nitrates. Angina (the chest pain) occurs when the heart is not getting enough blood. This medication works by relaxing and widening the blood vessels so that blood may flow at a much easier pace to the heart.
When ready to use this medication for the first time. Spray the pump into the air away from yourself, others, and any open flames. This is known as priming the pump. If you do not use this medication for 6 weeks or more, you will have to prim in once again.
Make sure you are sitting down while you are using this medication. Remove the plastic cover, and hold the container upright with your finger on top of the grooved button. When you open your mouth, make sure to bring the container as close to your mouth as possible. You may spray the medication onto or under your tonque. It is usually 1 to 2 sprays, then after spraying close your mouth. Do not inhale or swallow the spray. Avoid eating, spitting or rinsing your mouth for 5 to 10 minutes after spraying.
If using to prevent chest pain before any physical activity, you may use it 5 to 10 minutes before the activity.
Before taking this medication, it is best to advise your doctor if you are allergic Nitroglycerin ; or to similar drugs (such as isosorbide mononitrate); or to nitrites; or to any other medications or allergies in general. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems.
Before taking this medication, it is for the best to inform your doctor of your Medical history. Especially if have ever had any of the following; recent head injury, anemia, low blood pressure, loss of too much body water (dehydration), other heart problems (such as recent heart attack).
If you are experiencing any of the following side effects, you should speak with your doctor right away. They are as follows; Headache, dizziness, lightheadedness, nausea, and flushing may occur as your body adjusts to this medication.
Headache is often a sign that this medication is working. Your doctor may recommend treating headaches with an over-the-counter pain reliever (such as acetaminophen, aspirin). If the headaches continue or become severe, tell your doctor promptly.
To reduce the risk of dizziness and lightheadedness, get up slowly when rising from a sitting or lying position.
Tell your doctor right away if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: fainting, fast/irregular/pounding heartbeat.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any of the following symptoms of a serious allergic reaction: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?
There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before stop taking this medication.
What is the best dosage to take?
The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your treatment. Work with your doctor closely for dosage and dosing schedules.
What happens if I miss a dose?
You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.
What is the best way to store this medication?
This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in the wastebasket. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.
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