What is Nitroglycerin?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Nitroglycerin also known as glyceryl trinitrate is a vasodilator used for rapid relief of chest pain or tightness associated with angina. It is available in tablets, gel, patch, spray, injectable formulations, intravenously for the treatment of congestive heart failure and pulmonary hypertension.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Heart attack (myocardial infarction) 74 16
Angina pain 73 22
Angina pectoris 45 13
Chest pain 10 3
Esophageal spasms 8 2
Prinzmetal angina 7 5

Show all 31 reasons taken


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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 5
Moderate 15
Mild 16
None 23

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Nitroglycerin

Side effect Patients
Headaches 20
Dizziness and feeling faint 2
Lightheadedness 2
Low blood pressure 2
Burning sensation 1
Chest pain 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Nitroglycerin

Dosage Patients
0.4mg as needed 33
0.3mg as needed 4
0.2 mg daily 2
0.6 mg daily 2
0.6mg as needed 2
1mg as needed 2
400mcg as needed 2
400mcg/spray as needed 2
0.4 mg daily 1
1 mg daily 1

See all 17 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Nitroglycerin

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 9
Course of treatment ended 7
Other 7
Did not seem to work 4
Side effects too severe 1
See all 23 patients who've stopped taking Nitroglycerin

Duration

Currently taking Nitroglycerin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 11
2 - 5 years 15
5 - 10 years 16
10 years or more 13

Stopped taking Nitroglycerin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 5
1 - 6 months 5
6 months - 1 year 6
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 4
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 37
Usually 7
Sometimes 13
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 8
A little hard to take 12
Not at all hard to take 38
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 1
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 35
Not specified 23

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Nitroglycerin after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Nifedipine (Procardia XL) 1
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10 patient evaluations for Nitroglycerin

Dec 12, 2014 (Started Nov 20, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for heart attack (myocardial infarction))
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Headaches)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Please take it if you really need to and only when you need to!
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 16, 2012 (Started Oct 27, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Angina pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: No headaches, though get light headed and slightly flushed with taking it. Pain ceases within 2 minutes. doesn't impact on me apart from having to sit down once I have taken it.

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 17, 2012 (Started Sep 04, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for myocardial ischemia)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Headache on right side of head, ventricular tachycardia)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 28, 2012 (Started Sep 04, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for myocardial ischemia)
  • Side effects
    Severe (Headache on right side of head, ventricular tachycardia)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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