CARDIAC DRUGS: NITROGLYCERINE – AN EFFECTIVE WAY TO STOP THE PAIN

This is very effective in stopping the pain of angina pectoris. Some preparations of nitroglycerine are swallowed, but usually a small white pill is placed under the tongue and allowed to dissolve. If the pain is relieved and then recurs, a second or third nitroglycerine pill may be taken. If the pills are taken too close together, the blood pressure may fall and the person will feel faint. This can be remedied by lying down until the effect of the drug wears off.
When the typical chest pain of angina begins, a pill should be taken. There is no advantage in waiting one, two, or five minutes. Some patients hesitate to use nitroglycerine because they fear that they will become addicted to it or that it will lose its effectiveness. If the pill does lose its effectiveness, it is usually because the disease in the coronary arteries has progressed beyond the point at which this type of medicine will help. The patient has not developed a tolerance to the drug, and addiction to nitroglycerine does not occur.
Nitroglycerine tablets begin to deteriorate within six months after they are exposed to air. Some patients note that when they take a nitroglycerine tablet they feel a throbbing in the head. If this sensation does not occur several months later, it may be an indication that the drug has lost its effectiveness.
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CARDIAC DRUGS: NITROGLYCERINE – AN EFFECTIVE WAY TO STOP THE PAIN This is very effective in stopping the pain of angina pectoris. Some preparations of nitroglycerine are swallowed, but usually a small white pill is placed under the tongue and allowed to dissolve. If the pain is relieved and then recurs, a second or third nitroglycerine pill may be taken. If the pills are taken too close together, the blood pressure may fall and the person will feel faint. This can be remedied by lying down until the effect of the drug wears off.When the typical chest pain of angina begins, a pill should be taken. There is no advantage in waiting one, two, or five minutes. Some patients hesitate to use nitroglycerine because they fear that they will become addicted to it or that it will lose its effectiveness. If the pill does lose its effectiveness, it is usually because the disease in the coronary arteries has progressed beyond the point at which this type of medicine will help. The patient has not developed a tolerance to the drug, and addiction to nitroglycerine does not occur.Nitroglycerine tablets begin to deteriorate within six months after they are exposed to air. Some patients note that when they take a nitroglycerine tablet they feel a throbbing in the head. If this sensation does not occur several months later, it may be an indication that the drug has lost its effectiveness.*33/309/5*

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