Nitro-Dur (Transdermal)


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my doctor has put me on these patches as i have been having chest pain and they are helping alot with being short breathed and having chest pain could you tell me what the patches actually do to help this problem and how long can i were them in long t...
by glen in n.s.w australia, 05/14/2006

Nitro-Dur (Transdermal) Drug and Prescription Information

Nitro-Dur (Transdermal)

Nitro-Dur (Transdermal) Medication Classification

NITROGLYCERIN (Absorbed through the skin)

Nitro-Dur (Transdermal) Brandname

Minitran, Nitro-Dur, Nitrek

Nitro-Dur (Transdermal) is used for the Treatment

Nitroglycerin (nye-troe-GLI-ser-in) Prevents chest pain (angina). This medicine is a nitrate.

When To Not Use Nitro-Dur (Transdermal)

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to nitroglycerin or adhesives, or similar medicines (such as Isordil®, Sorbitrate®, or Monoket®). You should not use this medicine if you are also using Viagra®.

How Should You Use Nitro-Dur (Transdermal)

Patch

  • Your doctor will tell you how many patches to use, where to apply them, and how often to apply them. Do not use more patches or apply them more often than your doctor tells you to. Most people wear the patch for only 12 to 14 hours each day.
  • This medicine comes with patient instructions. Read and follow these instructions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water before and after applying a patch.
  • Leave the patch in its sealed wrapper until you are ready to put it on. Tear the wrapper open carefully. NEVER CUT the wrapper or the patch with scissors. Do not use any patch that has been cut by accident.
  • The patient instructions will show the body areas where you can wear the patch. When putting on each new patch, choose a different place within these areas. Do not put the new patch on the same place you wore the last one. Be sure to remove the old patch before applying a new one.
  • Do not put the patch over burns, cuts, or irritated skin.
  • Put on a new patch if the old one has fallen off and cannot be reapplied.
  • If a dose is missed:
  • If you forget to wear or change a patch, put one on as soon as you can. If it is almost time to put on your next patch, wait until then to apply the patch and skip the one you missed.
  • Do not apply extra patches to make up for a missed dose.

Proper Nitro-Dur (Transdermal) Storage

Store Nitro-Dur (Transdermal) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep Nitro-Dur (Transdermal) and all medications out of the reach of children.

What To Avoid While Using Nitro-Dur (Transdermal)

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using diuretics or "water pills" (such as furosemide, hydrochlorothiazide, Hyzaar®, Lasix®), acetylcysteine (Mucomyst®), alteplase (Activase®), dihydroergotamine (Migranal®), anastrozole (Arimidex®), glatiramer (Copaxone®), or niacin.
  • Do not drink alcohol while you are using this medicine.

Nitro-Dur (Transdermal) Warnings

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have low blood pressure, congestive heart failure (CHF), an enlarged heart, or other heart problems.
  • Medicines that treat chest pain sometimes cause headaches. These headaches are a sign that the medicine is working. Do not stop using the medicine or change the time you take it in order to avoid the headaches. If you have severe pain, talk with your doctor.
  • Do not stop using this medicine suddenly without asking your doctor. You may need to slowly decrease your dose before stopping it completely.
  • This medicine may make you dizzy. Avoid driving, using machines, or doing anything else that could be dangerous if you are not alert. You may feel lightheaded when standing, so stand up slowly.
  • During the time you are not wearing the patch, you may have chest pain, especially if you exercise. Discuss this with your doctor.

Nitro-Dur (Transdermal) Side Effects

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in face or hands, swelling or tingling in the mouth or throat, tightness in chest, trouble breathing
  • Blue lips or fingernails, trouble breathing
  • Severe or ongoing dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting
  • Slow heartbeat, increased chest pain
  • Throbbing, severe, or ongoing headache, confusion, low fever, or trouble seeing
  • If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
  • Skin rash where the patch is applied
  • Sweating, facial flushing

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