What is Nitroglycerin topical?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Nitro-Bid


Nitroglycerin, usually available as an ointment, is used as a topical application for the prevention and treatment of angina. It is also used to treat anal fissures.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Raynaud's phenomenon 7 3
Achilles tendonitis 1 1
Anal fissures 1 1
Hemorrhoids 1 1
Swelling in hands 1 1

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 1
Moderate 0
Mild 3
None 2

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Nitroglycerin topical

Side effect Patients Percentage
Headaches 3
Flatulence 1
Swelling in hands 1

Why patients stopped taking Nitroglycerin topical

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Course of treatment ended 1
See 1 patient who's stopped taking Nitroglycerin topical


Stopped taking Nitroglycerin topical

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 1
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 2
Usually 3
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 1
Not at all hard to take 2
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 1
< $25 4
Not specified 0
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1 patient evaluation for Nitroglycerin topical

Mar 7, 2009 (Started Feb 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Raynaud's phenomenon)
  • Side effects
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 2 g Daily
Advice & Tips: There are oral meds to take for Raynaud's, but I didn't consider them because they would make my already unbearable fatigue worse. If fatigue isn't an issue, I would recommend trying oral meds first. The cream works amazingly well, though. It's just a pain to keep up with applications.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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