What is the most important information you should know about isosorbide dinitrate?
What is isosorbide dinitrate?
Who should not take isosorbide dinitrate?
How should you take isosorbide dinitrate?
What are the possible side effects of isosorbide dinitrate?
What other drugs will affect isosorbide dinitrate?
|What is the most important information you should know about isosorbide dinitrate?|
|What is isosorbide dinitrate?|
|• Isosorbide dinitrate is in a class of drugs called nitrates. Isosorbide dinitrate dilates (widens or relaxes) blood vessels (arteries and veins). When blood vessels are dilated, it is easier for the heart to pump. Also, more blood, which is rich in oxygen, can flow to the heart. • Isosorbide dinitrate is used to treat attacks of angina (sublingual and chewable tablets) and to prevent attacks of angina from occurring (capsules and tablets). • Isosorbide dinitrate may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.|
|Who should not take isosorbide dinitrate?|
|• Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you · have had a heart attack, · have congestive heart failure, · have low blood pressure, · have had a stroke, a transient ischemic attack (TIA, or mini-stroke), or a serious head injury, · have anemia, · have an allergy to nitrates, · have closed-angle glaucoma, · suffer from migraines, · have kidney disease,or · have liver disease. • You may not be able to take isosorbide dinitrate, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during therapy. • Isosorbide dinitrate is in the FDA pregnancy category C.|
|How should you take isosorbide dinitrate?|
|Take isosorbide dinitrate exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you. • Take isosorbide dinitrate while sitting or lying down to prevent injury. Extreme dizziness and fainting are possible after a dose of isosorbide dinitrate. • The sublingual and chewable tablets should be taken at the first sign of chest pain. Place the sublingual tablet under your tongue and let it dissolve. Do not chew or swallow it. Chew the chewable tablet well and hold it in your mouth for about 2 minutes, then swallow|
|What are the possible side effects of isosorbide dinitrate?|
|• If you experience any of the following serious side effects, stop taking isosorbide dinitrate and seek emergency medical attention: · an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face or hives), · blurred vision and dry mouth, · irregular heartbeat,or · fainting. • Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. If you experience any of the following side effects, continue to take isosorbide and talk to your doctor: · headache or dizziness, · flushing (redness of the face, neck and chest), · nausea or vomiting, ·|
|What other drugs will affect isosorbide dinitrate?|
|• Do not use sildenafil (Viagra), a drug used to treat impotence, while taking isosorbide dinitrate. The combination could cause severe or life-threatening low blood pressure. • Before taking isosorbide dinitrate, tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following medicines: · dihydroergotamine (D.H.E. 45); or · any other heart medicines, especially those used to treat high blood pressure or irregular heartbeats. • You may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during your treatment if you are taking any of the medicines listed above. • Do not drink alcohol. Like isosorbide|
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