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What is Nitrolingual®?

K.C. Bruning
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Updated May 17, 2024
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Nitrolingual® is one of the product names for a medication called nitroglycerin. The drug is primarily used as a preventative measure against chest pain, also known as angina, that happens due to coronary artery disease. It may also help to stop an attack of angina already in progress. Nitrolingual® eases pressure on and increases the supply of blood and oxygen to body systems.

The drug is a part of the nitrate class of medications. Despite its obvious benefits to blood circulation, in the early days of its use nitroglycerin was believed to be dangerous because it caused severe headaches. Only after experimentation was it discovered that small doses of the drug were actually beneficial. In its current form, Nitrolingual® and other forms of nitroglycerin help to supply more blood and oxygen to the body by relaxing the blood vessels and easing strain on the heart.

Nitrolingual® comes in several forms, including as a spray, a tablet, and as extended-release tablets and capsules. The tablets and spray are meant to be used directly before anticipated stressful events such as exercise or a potentially overwhelming event. The extended-release forms of Nitrolingual® are taken at regular intervals about three to four times daily in order to supply the body with a steady supply of the drug. As the drug becomes less effective over time, many doctors will adjust dosage in order to achieve the maximum long-term affect without harming the body.

There are some previous conditions which may make taking Nitrolingual® too risky or require special dosage or doctor observation while the patient is in treatment. Conditions such as severe anemia, head injury, congestive heart failure, or heart attack should be disclosed to the prescribing doctor. Patients with low blood pressure, known as hypotension or a hypovolemia, a low amount of blood, will typically be advised to use caution while taking the drug.

The most common side effects of taking Nitrolingual® are mild. They do not need to be discussed with a doctor unless they are severe or do not gradually disappear. Possible effects include light-headedness, dizziness, and flushing.

Severe side effects of taking Nitrolingual® should be reported to a doctor as soon as possible. They include chest pain, nausea, vomiting, and fainting. Sweating, pale skin, blurred vision, and weakness are other serious symptoms. Some patients may also experience a dry mouth or blistering or peeling skin. Any signs of an allergic reaction to the drug, including breathing difficulties, itching, or hives should receive emergency medical attention.

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K.C. Bruning
By K.C. Bruning
Kendahl Cruver Bruning, a versatile writer and editor, creates engaging content for a wide range of publications and platforms, including WiseGEEK. With a degree in English, she crafts compelling blog posts, web copy, resumes, and articles that resonate with readers. Bruning also showcases her passion for writing and learning through her own review site and podcast, offering unique perspectives on various topics.

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K.C. Bruning

Kendahl Cruver Bruning, a versatile writer and editor, creates engaging content for a wide range of publications and platforms, including WiseGEEK. With a degree in English, she crafts compelling blog posts, web copy, resumes, and articles that resonate with readers. Bruning also showcases her passion for writing and learning through her own review site and podcast, offering unique perspectives on various topics.
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