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What is Nitroglycerin used for?

Nitroglycerin is used in the treatment and prevention of angina attack. Angina is a condition marked by severe pain or discomfort in the chest, which is caused by an insufficient supply of blood and oxygen to the heart muscle. Nitroglycerin lets more blood and oxygen reach your heart. It is also used to treat other heart condition such as chronic heart failure. It belongs to a group of medicines called nitrates. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What are the side effects of Nitroglycerin?

Like other medicines, Nitroglycerin can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Nitroglycerin are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Nitroglycerin cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Nitroglycerin develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Nitroglycerin can cause side effects such as nausea, vomiting, dizziness, headache, low blood pressure, and fast heartbeat. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Nitroglycerin.

What is the recommended dosage of Nitroglycerin?

The dosage of Nitroglycerin prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

What if you miss a dose of Nitroglycerin?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Nitroglycerin medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.

What if you overdose on Nitroglycerin?

Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Nitroglycerin, seek medical attention immediately.

What other drugs could interact with Nitroglycerin?

It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Nitroglycerin.

Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Nitroglycerin, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Nitroglycerin can interact with medicines that are used for high blood pressure and depression.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Nitroglycerin?

Is it possible for me to take Nitroglycerin with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Nitroglycerin?
What are the possible drug interactions of Nitroglycerin?
How will Nitroglycerin work in my body?
How should Nitroglycerin be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Nitroglycerin drug interactions and side effects?


The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Nitroglycerin is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.


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