Nitroglycerin Liquid Drops (Top voted first)

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A friend said that it is something liquid drops you put on your tongue when having a heart attack,instead of the tablets.they also have a longer expiration date than the tablets

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Mallory Says:

The drops are probably a new form of the more traditional treatment. Here is some additional info about how nitroglycerin work in the event of a heart attack.

Nitroglycerin is a chemical that opens up (dilates) arteries and veins and increases blood flow to the heart. During heart attack, Nitroglycerin can be placed under the tongue, where it quickly dissolves and is absorbed into the bloodstream.

Nitroglycerin also can be administered via continuous intravenous (IV) infusion; applied to the skin in cream or patch form, where it is slowly absorbed; or administered as short- or long-acting nitrate pills. Isosorbide Dinitrate (Isordil®) usually is taken 3 times a day and Isosorbide Mononitrate (Ismo®, Imdur®) is taken either twice (Ismo) or once daily (Imdur).

Because Nitroglycerin dilates not only the coronary arteries, but also other blood vessels, it may cause severe headaches. In some cases, headaches are so severe that patients are unable to tolerate Nitroglycerin therapy.

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Verwon Says:

There is also a spray that can be used for the same issues, I've had them sprayed in my mouth, and the headache afterwards was not enjoyable, but I am still alive, so I can't really complain.

The FDA lists the other typical side effects as including bad taste, dizziness, and low heart rate. Thankfully, the ones I was given tasted like cinnamon, so I guess it could have been worse.

Do you have a problem taking the tablets?

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