Nitroglycerin tablets are prescribed to relieve attacks of chest pain (angina) and to prevent these attacks when taken before certain activities. This product is dissolved under the tongue or between the cheek and gum. You can use up to 3 tablets within 15 minutes of the start of chest pain, provided you wait 5 minutes between each tablet. Possible side effects include dizziness, lightheadedness, and headaches.
What Are Nitroglycerin Tablets?
The nitroglycerin tablet (Nitrostat®) is a prescription medication used to treat sudden episodes of chest pain (angina). It can also be used just before physical activity, such as exercise or sexual intercourse, to help prevent anticipated chest pain.
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