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Minitran (Nitroglycerin) belongs to the class of medications called antianginals. Minitran (Nitroglycerin) patches are used alone or in combination with other medications to prevent Angina attacks (chest pain).
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Minitran (Nitroglycerin) belongs to the class of medications called antianginals. Minitran (Nitroglycerin) patches are used alone or in combination with other medications to prevent Angina attacks (chest pain). Minitran (Nitroglycerin) reduces the number of angina attacks by relaxing blood vessels and increasing the oxygen and blood supply to the heart. The Minitran (Nitroglycerin) patch is not intended for immediate relief of angina.
Minitran (Nitroglycerin) may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of Minitran (Nitroglycerin) may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of Minitran (Nitroglycerin) may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.
Your doctor may have suggested Minitran (Nitroglycerin) for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are being given Minitran (Nitroglycerin), speak to your doctor. Do not stop using Minitran (Nitroglycerin) without consulting your doctor.
Do not give Minitran (Nitroglycerin) to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to use Minitran (Nitroglycerin) if their doctor has not prescribed it.
The usual dose of Minitran (Nitroglycerin) patches varies according to need. The patch is usually applied in the morning and taken off 12 to 14 hours later (leaving 10 to 12 hours overnight without the patch).
The patch may be applied to any convenient skin area – recommended sites include the upper arm, back, shoulders, or chest. Use a different application site each time. A suitable area may be shaved if necessary. Do not apply the patch to the ends of the arms or legs. Wash your hands thoroughly after application. Following use, discard the patch in a manner that prevents accidental application or ingestion by curious pets or children.
Many things can affect the dose of a medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are using the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to use Minitran (Nitroglycerin) exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, apply a patch as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store Minitran (Nitroglycerin) at room temperature and keep it out of the reach of children.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
Many medications can cause side effects. A side effect is an unwanted response to a medication when it is taken in normal doses. Side effects can be mild or severe, temporary or permanent.
The side effects listed below are not experienced by everyone who takes Minitran (Nitroglycerin). If you are concerned about side effects, discuss the risks and benefits of Minitran (Nitroglycerin) with your doctor.
The following side effects have been reported by at least 1% of people taking Minitran (Nitroglycerin). Many of these side effects can be managed, and some may go away on their own over time.
Contact your doctor if you experience these side effects and they are severe or bothersome. Your pharmacist may be able to advise you on managing side effects.
Although most of these side effects listed below don't happen very often, they could lead to serious problems if you do not seek medical attention.
Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:
Stop taking the medication and seek immediate medical attention if any of the following occur:
Contact a doctor at once if any of the following signs of overdose occur:
Some people may experience side effects other than those listed. Check with your doctor if you notice any symptom that worries you while you are taking Minitran (Nitroglycerin).
Each 6.7 cm2 patch contains 18 mg of Minitran (Nitroglycerin) released at0.2 mg per hour.
Each 13.3 cm2 patch contains 36 mg of Minitran (Nitroglycerin) released at 0.4 mg per hour.
Each 20 cm2 patch contains 54 mg of Minitran (Nitroglycerin) released at 0.6 mg per hour.
This product contains a hypoallergenic, acrylate-based adhesive. Each patch is packaged in foil.
Do not use Minitran (Nitroglycerin) if you:
There may be an interaction between Minitran (Nitroglycerin) and any of the following:
If you are taking any of these medications, speak with your doctor or pharmacist. Depending on your specific circumstances, your doctor may want you to:
An interaction between two medications does not always mean that you must stop taking one of them. Speak to your doctor about how any drug interactions are being managed or should be managed.
Medications other than those listed above may interact with Minitran (Nitroglycerin). Tell your doctor or prescriber about all prescription, over-the-counter (non-prescription), and herbal medications you are taking. Also tell them about any supplements you take. Since caffeine, alcohol, the Nicotine from cigarettes, or street drugs can affect the action of many medications, you should let your prescriber know if you use them.
Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or Allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use Minitran (Nitroglycerin).
Acute angina attacks: Minitran (Nitroglycerin) patches are not intended for immediate relief of acute attacks of angina. Sublingual (under the tongue) Minitran (Nitroglycerin) preparations (spray or tablets) should be used for this purpose.
Dizziness/reduced alertness: People using Minitran (Nitroglycerin) may experience faintness or dizziness and reduced reaction time when driving or operating machinery, especially at the start of treatment. Avoid these and other hazardous tasks until you have determined how Minitran (Nitroglycerin) affects you.
Heart disease: The benefits and safety of using the Minitran (Nitroglycerin) patch have not been established for people who have had an acute heart attack or have Congestive Heart Failure.
Low blood pressure: Headaches or symptoms of low blood pressure such as weakness or dizziness, particularly when getting up suddenly from a sitting or lying down position, may result from taking too much Minitran (Nitroglycerin). If these symptoms occur, your doctor may reduce the dose or have you stop using the Minitran (Nitroglycerin) patch. People who might be negatively affected by low blood pressure should use Minitran (Nitroglycerin) with caution. If you take diuretics or have preexisting low blood pressure, you may be at an increased risk of experiencing this effect.
Symptom changes: If your symptoms of angina increase at any time (including during the period of the day that you aren't taking the medication), be sure to tell your doctor.
Tolerance: People who use Minitran (Nitroglycerin) may develop tolerance to the medication, resulting in it not working as well. Tolerance to other nitrates or nitrites can also happen, especially if a medication-free period is not observed each day. As tolerance to Minitran (Nitroglycerin) patches develops, the effect of fast-acting sublingual (under the tongue) Minitran (Nitroglycerin) is also somewhat reduced.
Pregnancy: Minitran (Nitroglycerin) has not been studied for use by pregnant women and should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks. Be sure to tell your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. If you become pregnant while using Minitran (Nitroglycerin), inform your doctor as soon as possible.
Breast-feeding: It is not known if Minitran (Nitroglycerin) passes into breast milk. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are taking Minitran (Nitroglycerin), it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.
Children: The safety and effectiveness of Minitran (Nitroglycerin) for children have not been established.
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