Medications and Drugs
Brand Names: Minitran, Nitrek, Nitro TD Patch-A, Nitro-Dur
Generic Name: nitroglycerin (transdermal) (Pronunciation: NYE troe GLIS er in)
What is nitroglycerin transdermal (Minitran, Nitrek, Nitro TD Patch-A, Nitro-Dur)?
Nitroglycerin is in a group of drugs called nitrates. Nitroglycerin dilates (widens) blood vessels, making it easier for blood to flow through them and easier for the heart to pump.
Nitroglycerin transdermal may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
What are the possible side effects of nitroglycerin transdermal (Minitran, Nitrek, Nitro TD Patch-A, Nitro-Dur)?
Nitroglycerin transdermal can cause severe headaches, especially when you first start using it. These headaches may gradually become less severe as you continue to use nitroglycerin transdermal. Do not stop using the medication. Ask your doctor before using any headache pain medication.
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
Less serious side effects may include:
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What is the most important information I should know about nitroglycerin transdermal (Minitran, Nitrek, Nitro TD Patch-A, Nitro-Dur)?
Do not use this medication to treat an angina attack that has already begun. It will not work fast enough.
Nitroglycerin transdermal can cause severe headaches, especially when you first start using it. Do not stop using the skin patches, and ask your doctor before using any headache pain medication.
Nitroglycerin may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert.
Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as worsening chest pain, pain spreading to the arm or shoulder, nausea, vomiting, sweating, blurred vision and dry mouth, or fainting.
Drinking alcohol can increase certain side effects of nitroglycerin.
The nitroglycerin transdermal patch may burn your skin if you wear the patch during an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging). Remove the patch before undergoing such a test.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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