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A 23-year-old male asked:

is it safe to take nitrates (imdur) qd & nitrostat (nitroglycerin) prn long-term. i don't need additional questions, i can't answer. can you please just answer my ?'s

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Dr. Ira Friedlander
Cardiac Electrophysiology 42 years experience
Yes: I have patients who have been taking nitrates for over 30 years. I have no reason to believe that there is any safety issue with long term use of these medications.

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A 50-year-old member asked:

What are the common side effects of nitroglycerin for someone with no known heart condition?

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Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 47 years experience
Nitroglycerin: Potential side effects in people with or without heart disease are headache, dizziness, and a drop in blood pressure. The effect of the drug is only for thirty minutes.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

What effect does nitroglycerin have on your blood vessels?

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Dr. Mark Stern
Cardiology 46 years experience
It dilates them: It temporarily dilates them.
A 38-year-old member asked:

If a person were to take nitroquick (nitroglycerin) and was not have pains in his chest, what could happen?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
Nothing: Nothing would happen. People who aren't used to nitro sometimes get a headache that is harmless and goes away over about 30 minutes. People who overdose will get low blood pressure and can pass out. There are no serious consequence. It is often used in practice by people who have chest pain of unclear cause with no harm done.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
Since the nitro dilates blood vessels and may relax smooth muscles, headaches are common with TNG tabs, and it is often effective in esophageal spasms. The hypotension could cause you to stand up and fall down...so something more than nothing sometimes.
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A 36-year-old member asked:

How many nitrostat (nitroglycerin) pills can you take at one time?

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Dr. Martin Bress
Internal Medicine 50 years experience
One: It is usually recommended to take one nitro tab under the tongue for chest pain (angina) and repeat at five minute intervals x 2 if pain persists. If pain is not resolved medical evaluation is recommended. Nitro is available in 3 different strengths and a stronger dose may be more effective. There are other meds to prevent chest pains. Taking several nitros at once could lower BP & cause fainting.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What are the side effects of nitroglycerin for someone with no heart condition?

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Dr. James Strader
Cardiology 22 years experience
Low bp and dizziness: Nitrates cause lowering of bp, which can cause dizziness and a feeling as if one might faint. It can also cause headaches.

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