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    Information about Nicorandil

    Nicorandil uses

    Nicorandil is used in the treatment of chest pain (angina).

    How nicorandil works

    Nicorandil is a vasodilator. It works by reducing the workload of the heart. As a result, heart muscle does not need as much blood and oxygen supply. This reduces the frequency and severity of angina attacks.

    Common side effects of nicorandil

    Headache, Nausea, Vomiting, Weakness, Dizziness, Flushing (sense of warmth in the face, ears, neck and trunk)
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    09 Jan 2019 | 10:38 AM (IST)
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    Expert advice for Nicorandil

    • You have been prescribed Nicorandil to reduce attacks of chest pain (angina).
    • You must continue to take it as advised, usually for a long time.
    • Nicorandil may cause headaches. Drink plenty of water and take a suitable painkiller. Inform your doctor if it does not go away.
    • Nicorandil may cause dizziness or sleepiness. Do not drive or do anything requiring concentration until you know how it affects you.
    • Do not consume alcohol while taking Nicorandil as that may cause increased dizziness.
    • Inform your doctor if you notice any sign of ulceration such as bleeding from the back passage, blood in vomit or black stools.
    • Do not take Nicorandil in combination with medicines that are used to treat erectile dysfunction (eg. sildenafil) or high blood pressure as that can cause a major drop in blood pressure.

    Frequently asked questions for Nicorandil


    Q. What is Nicorandil used for?

    Nicorandil is used in the prevention and treatment of chronic stable angina. It decreases the risk of acute coronary syndrome (chest pain due to the sudden reduced flow of blood to the heart) in patients with chronic stable angina.

    Q. Does Nicorandil cause headache?

    Yes, headache is a common side effect of Nicorandil. Talk to your doctor if you experience this side effect while taking this medicine.

    Content on this page was last updated on 09 January, 2019, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)