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Dr. Gutti Rao
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Angina (Definition)

Angina is chest pain that is caused by poor blood flow to the heart muscle. Angina is not an actual disease, but rather a symptom of an existing heart problem. Most commonly, this underlying problem is due to an obstruction of the coronary blood vessels that surround the heart. There are different types of angina including stable angina, unstable ...Read more


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Is nitroglycerin spray ever used for anything other than angina heart pains?

Is nitroglycerin spray ever used for anything other than angina heart pains?

Yes: It's also effective for esophageal spasm which may accompany gastroesophageal reflux disease. In contrast to angina, which often improves with a single dose (0.4 mg), it's not uncommon for esophageal disease to require 2 or 3 doses which must be given at 5 minutes intervals to avoid hypotension (low bp) and syncope (passing out). ...Read more

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Is nitroglycerin spray ever used for anything other than treating episodes of angina?

Yes: On rare occasions, it can be used to relieve symptoms of heart failure when water pills are not available or ineffective. ...Read more

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Why shouldn't you use nitrolingual (nitroglycerin) spray to relieve angina in cases of hypothyrodism?

Why shouldn't you use nitrolingual (nitroglycerin) spray to relieve angina in cases of hypothyrodism?

Spray: Hypothyroid patients often have slow heart rates and impaired vascular reactivity. If you cause venodilation with a dose of nitroglycerin in such a patient, you could drop the BP very low and cause syncope or worse ...Read more

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How does medicinal nitroglycerin for angina affect you?

How does medicinal nitroglycerin for angina affect you?

Dilates vessels: It dilates blood vessels and lowers blood pressure. Burning under the tongue and headache are normal for new users. Esophageal smooth muscle is also affected so relief of pain is not specific for heart disease. Effects occur 2-3 minutes after a sublingual dose and last 20-30 minutes. Gi pain often requires 2 or 3 nitros for full relief. ...Read more

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Can teens take nitrolingual (nitroglycerin) pumpspray if being checked for angina pain?

Nitroglycerin: Unless you were given the nitro with instructions on how to take it, you should not take it. Nitroglycerin has significant side effects and can lower your blood pressure so should be used with caution. ...Read more

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Can nitroglycerin, diltiazem, and Norvasc (amlodipine) as a dose make a good treatment for angina?

Can nitroglycerin, diltiazem, and Norvasc (amlodipine) as a dose make a good treatment for angina?

Yes: All of the mentioned drugs are treatments for angina. Consult you doctor for the one or combiation of meds that best control your symtoms. ...Read more

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How effectively does roxonal work for angina pain compared to nitro spray?

Roxonal: Roxonal is morphine. Morphine in sufficient dose is effective for most pain. We do not blithely prescribe morphine for angina unless all other forms of therapy are exhausted and inadequately effective. Nitro spray works effectively and rapidly for most anginal episodes. We generally use multiple drugs when treating patients with coronary artery disease and when appropriate stents or surgery. ...Read more

Dr. Joshua Buckler
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Nitroglycerin (Definition)

Nitroglycerin dilates the blood vessels around the heart to relieve heart pain or "angina". It comes in both a pump spray and tablet form. There are several cautions when using this medication so always discuss with ...Read more


Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Nitrolingual (Definition)

Nitrolingual is a nitrate based agent which is a kind of chest ...Read more