Information about Nitroglycerin/Glyceryl Trinitrate
Nitroglycerin/glyceryl trinitrate uses
Nitroglycerin/Glyceryl Trinitrate is used in the treatment of Angina (heart-related chest pain).
How nitroglycerin/glyceryl trinitrate works
Nitroglycerin/Glyceryl Trinitrate is a nitrate. It works by relaxing the blood vessels which decreases the oxygen demand of the heart and reduces its workload. It thus prevents/treats attacks of angina (chest pain).
Common side effects of nitroglycerin/glyceryl trinitrate
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Expert advice for Nitroglycerin/Glyceryl Trinitrate
- Nitroglycerin/Glyceryl Trinitrate 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 Nitroglycerin/Glyceryl Trinitrate as it may cause increased dizziness.
- It may cause headaches which usually go away after a few days of continued treatment. Inform your doctor if it persists.
- You may develop tolerance to Nitroglycerin/Glyceryl Trinitrate with time, meaning that the same dose may be less effective next time. Follow the prescribed dosing schedule to avoid this.
- Stop taking sildenafil or Tadalafil like medication while on treatment with Nitroglycerin/Glyceryl Trinitrate as it may cause low blood pressure.
Frequently asked questions for Nitroglycerin/Glyceryl Trinitrate
Q. Is Nitroglycerin/Glyceryl Trinitrate a vasodilator?
Nitroglycerin/Glyceryl Trinitrate belongs to a group of medicines called nitrate vasodilators. It works by relaxing the blood vessels of the heart, reducing the strain on the heart and making it easier to pump blood.
Q. Is Nitroglycerin/Glyceryl Trinitrate harmful?
Nitroglycerin/Glyceryl Trinitrate is safe if taken for prescribed duration in prescribed doses advised by your doctor.
Q. Why does Nitroglycerin/Glyceryl Trinitrate cause a headache?
Headache is a side effect of Nitroglycerin/Glyceryl Trinitrate. The headache could be due to the dilation of cerebral arteries (those arteries supplying different parts of the brain). It usually disappears within several days of continued treatment.
Q. How does Nitroglycerin/Glyceryl Trinitrate relieve angina pectoris?
Nitroglycerin/Glyceryl Trinitrate belongs to a group of medicines called nitrate vasodilators. It acts by the release of nitric oxide which causes the dilatation (widening) of the blood vessels and relaxes the muscles. This reduces the strain on the heart by making it easier to pump blood. In this manner, Nitroglycerin/Glyceryl Trinitrate relieves pain in angina pectoris.
Q. How does Nitroglycerin/Glyceryl Trinitrate reduce blood pressure?
Nitroglycerin/Glyceryl Trinitrate reduces the blood pressure by dilating the blood vessels and decreasing the workload of the heart. However, it is not used for the treatment of high blood pressure.
Q. Is Nitroglycerin/Glyceryl Trinitrate a strong antibiotic? Which infections does it treat?
Nitroglycerin/Glyceryl Trinitrate is a broad-spectrum antibiotic. This means that it is used to treat a variety of bacterial infections. It is used to treat infection affecting the lungs (pneumonia) and complicated infections of the urinary tract, abdomen, and skin and soft tissue infections. It also treats bacterial infection of the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord (meningitis) and infections that occur during or after delivery.
Q. Is Nitroglycerin/Glyceryl Trinitrate effective against bacteria only? Can it be used for any type of bacterial infection?
Yes, Nitroglycerin/Glyceryl Trinitrate is effective against bacteria only but not all bacteria. It is not effective against virus or fungi. Nitroglycerin/Glyceryl Trinitrate is effective against some bacteria which include Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pneumoniae, S. pyogenes, S. viridans group, etc. Nitroglycerin/Glyceryl Trinitrate should only be used to treat or prevent infections against which it is effective.
Q. My cousin was receiving Nitroglycerin/Glyceryl Trinitrate for severe skin infection when she had a fit and Nitroglycerin/Glyceryl Trinitrate was stopped. Was the fit due to Nitroglycerin/Glyceryl Trinitrate?
Seizures or fits have been reported with the use of Nitroglycerin/Glyceryl Trinitrate. However, fits are more likely to occur in patients with a history of seizures or a brain lesion (wound, ulcer, abscess, or tumor) or patients having bacterial meningitis or compromised kidney function.
Q. My friend has a history of epilepsy and she was on valproic acid while receiving treatment with Nitroglycerin/Glyceryl Trinitrate, still she had an episode of seizure. Why?
Your friend should have communicated to the doctor that she was receiving valproic acid for epilepsy. Nitroglycerin/Glyceryl Trinitrate interferes with the working of valproic acid, making it less effective. It is because of this that she had an episode of seizure. Generally, in cases like these, the doctor prescribes a different medicine.
Q. For how long will I need to take Nitroglycerin/Glyceryl Trinitrate?
The length of the treatment will be decided by your doctor, depending on your general health, the type of infection you have and how well you respond to Nitroglycerin/Glyceryl Trinitrate.
Q. What if Nitroglycerin/Glyceryl Trinitrate does not suit me?
It is common to have minor side effects such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and headache but generally these settle down. If the side effects bother you, tell your doctor immediately. The doctor will give you an alternative medicine. Serious side effects are very rare. In case you develop serious side effects, seek immediate medical advice.
Q. Does it matter if I miss or stop Nitroglycerin/Glyceryl Trinitrate?
It is important that you do not stop the treatment without consulting your doctor. Stopping the treatment may bring back the infection or you may develop resistance to Nitroglycerin/Glyceryl Trinitrate. The same applies if you are forgetful in taking the suggested doses. It is recommended that you do not miss doses. If you do, take the missed dose as soon as you can and take the next dose as planned so that you stick to the same overall daily dose.
Q. Even though Nitroglycerin/Glyceryl Trinitrate is used for skin infections, can it cause any skin-related problems?
Serious skin reactions are rare, but these have been reported with the use of Nitroglycerin/Glyceryl Trinitrate. Inform your doctor before starting Nitroglycerin/Glyceryl Trinitrate if you are allergic to a medicine or any antibiotic. These serious skin reactions are type of allergic reactions, but they can endanger life. So, if you notice any rash along with fever or peeling of skin, you should alert your doctor who will immediately discontinue Nitroglycerin/Glyceryl Trinitrate.