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what are the side effects of nitroglycerin for someone?

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Dr. John Szawaluk
Cardiology 31 years experience
Headache: Headache and potentially low blood pressure which would cause dizziness, lightheadedness and if low enough can cause one to pass out.

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A 30-year-old member asked:

How do you take nitroglycerin?

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Dr. Louis Grenzer
Cardiology 55 years experience
Under tongue: Usually it is placed under the tongue and allowed to dissolve. It can be given intravenously or by a patch placed on the skin.
A 35-year-old member asked:

What do you do if your nitroglycerin is expired?

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Dr. Mark Stern
Cardiology 46 years experience
Throw it out: Don't ever use old nitro; it won't work and you'll end up going to the emergency room.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

What is an alternative for nitroglycerin?

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Dr. Andrew Kaplan
Cardiology 34 years experience
Other antianginals: Nitroglycerin is used to treat angina, or pain related to lack of oxygen to heart muscle. Other medications include beta blockers, calcium channel blockers, and a medication called ranexa (ranolazine). Only Nitroglycerin is fast-acting and used on an as-needed basis.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

What is nitroglycerin paste used for?

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Dr. Louis Grenzer
Cardiology 55 years experience
Prevent chest pain: The nitroglycerine is absorbed through the skin and tends to prevent chest pain. The same medicine can also be given in pill form.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

What is the maximum number of times that nitroglycerin can be taken safely?

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Dr. Mark Stern
Cardiology 46 years experience
2 in row: If 2 in a row don't work you can take a third and call 911.

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