Substitute For Nitroglycerin

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Donna Ludwig Says:

I think that I have developed an intolerance to nitro; is there a subsitute for angina?

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DaveHeart Says:

Does anyone know of a substitute for a nitro pill that is prescribed for angina? I have not been diagnosed, but when my chest pain begins I would like to try something to get relief. Help. Oh yeah, I do not have insurance and I am unemployed.

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Verwon Says:

These types of medications are available by prescription only and using them without a proper diagnosis that verifies you have a heart condition can be extremely dangerous. Self-diagnosing is never a good idea.

I understand you are saying you are having chest pains and have no insurance, but this is far to dangerous of an area to play around with. You REALLY need to see a doctor.

There are no medical professionals on this site and no one, even if they were a doctor, would try to make such a diagnosis over the internet.

What makes you think it is a heart problem, rather than gas or acid reflux?

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DaveHeart Says:


Thanks for the reply. I understand the potential gravity of the situation, but I do appreciate your emphasis.

I don't know whether the problem is gastro or cardio, but I would like to have a little better focus whenever I go to see a doctor. As I mentioned, I don't have insurance and I cannot afford to pay for the complete cardio workup that a physician will want to do. It is my understanding that the approach is normally to test and eliminate everything else before focusing on the cardio system. I simply cannot pay to check for everything else first and then start checking the heart. That's why I would like to try to find out if the nitro--or a suitable substitute--will help relieve the pain when it happens.

You asked about other possibilities, well, the strongest likelihood exists for a cardio-related problem because the pain begins shortly after physical exertion. This has become very frustrating for me because a month ago I was going for 10 mile hikes and 7 hour bike rides (mountain bike). Three weeks ago this condition began and I cannot walk around the block without going into severe oxygen deficit and I have to stop. Also, when this began I could not eat without the pain affecting me.

I apologize for the lengthy message here.

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Sherie Says:

Your description reminds me of when I had a blood clot hit my heart.
I am also low income with no insurance. Go to the emergency room next time it hits.
There are government programs that will take care of the medical cost.
Put pride in the back seat and take care of yourself.

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Susan Says:

I had no warning signs until I actually HAD a heart attack. I also didn't believe there was any way my pain could be a heart attack. If I'd simply taken something for the pain and decided not to go to the ER, I might not be here today. I actually waited a long time (in lots of pain) before I decided I should go to the ER. I was afraid they'd say I had reflux or something, or that it was anxiety. And the pain subsided so much by the time I got to the ER (an hour & forty-five minutes after the pain started - how stupid was that!) that I tried to talk them into letting me go home. Imagine my surprise when they kept me for two days, doing tons of tests & bloodwork, including an MRI, x-ray, cardiac cath, etc, and told me I'd had a heart attack - at the ripe old age of 42, with no family history, no other factors (no high BP, cholesterol, non-drinker/smoker, etc). You can't play around with this stuff..... Go get it checked out. I hope that you have by now, seeing that your original post is from 2009......

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Tony Says:
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If your pain was caused by running. You should go to sleep cardiology doc. If it happens randomly it could be esophageal spasms .SEE A DOCTOR. Trust me. If you can feel it for long periods of time and several times a day GO!

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After I read these replies I think is the best alternative for nitroglycerine is first go to the doctor immediately and have a check up, to understand what is going on. I feel so bad now because of chest pain, and I think it is because of what happened before I sleep, that something breaks my heart literally, I think blood sinks. And I think that is heart stroke. Finally, I can't sleep every night so well. I did not go to any doctor for a check up after what happened. It gets very hard everyday, I think I will die. I'm young, I'm 19 but I feel very weak and dying. Nitroglycerine is very expensive, so I'm looking for an alternative. What is a good alternative? I have no insurance and no money to buy it.

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Saturn Says:

I am in heart failure related to left ventricle problems. Many expensive test done, seen 2 cardiologists. I take nitro patch .4 mg, Lasix and bisopropil. Now have patches of rash all over my body. Have had for a year. Afraid to tell doc. As maybe there is no substitute for especially into. I am in trouble then.
Could rash be related to these drugs?. Lasix or into. patch? Started when these drugs started.

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