Cardiac Medications

Long-Acting Nitrates

Long-acting nitrates are preparations or Nitroglycerin that have been formulated for prolonged action. They may be taken in pill form (Isordil, Nitrong SR, Nitrodur) or applied to the skin (Nitropaste, Transderm Nitro, Nitrodur, Minitran) or applied under the gums (Nitrogard). All of these medications provide continuous levels of Nitroglycerin in the bloodstream and are intended to prevent attack of angina. Side-effects include headache and lightheadedness. These side-effects generally wear off. If they do not, notify your physician. When taking Nitrates, avoid overly hot showers and baths as this may make you dizzy and fainting is possible. To prevent dizziness, get up slowly from a sitting or lying position.

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