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Nitroglycerin Anal Ointment Side Effects

A headache is the most commonly reported side effect of nitroglycerin anal ointment. In fact, many people using this product experience a headache with each application; however, this tends to improve with time. In many cases, reactions to this drug are minor and easily treated. Problems that you should report to your doctor right away include lightheadedness and hives.

An Introduction to Nitroglycerin Anal Ointment Side Effects

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with nitroglycerin anal ointment (Rectiv™). However, not everyone who uses the medication will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with nitroglycerin anal ointment. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)

Side Effects to Report

Potentially serious nitroglycerin anal ointment side effects that should be reported to your healthcare provider immediately include:
  • Lightheadedness, severe dizziness, or fainting (signs of low blood pressure)
  • A bluish discoloration of the skin, which is a sign of methemoglobinemia, a potentially serious problem
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, such as:
    • Hives
    • Itching
    • Unexplained swelling of the mouth or throat
    • Wheezing or difficulty breathing or swallowing.
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Nitroglycerin Anal Ointment Information

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