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The nitroglycerin patch is available by prescription only and is used to prevent chest pain (angina). The medicine comes in the form of a patch and is applied to the skin once a day. It is only worn for 12 to 14 hours each day, as the body needs a break from the drug. Possible side effects may include headaches, lightheadedness, and fainting.

What Is the Nitroglycerin Patch?

The nitroglycerin patch (Minitran™, Nitro-Dur®) is a prescription skin patch approved to help prevent attacks of angina (chest pain due to inadequate blood supply to the heart).
(Click What Is the Nitroglycerin Patch Used For? for more information on this topic, including possible off-label uses.)

Are There Side Effects?

Just like any medicine, nitroglycerin patches may cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the drug will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well.
If reactions do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects of nitroglycerin patches include but are not limited to:
(Click Nitroglycerin Patch Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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