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Many people who need to use nitroglycerin products do not experience any problems with this medication. However, side effects are possible. Because nitroglycerin is an older medication, only vague information is available about its possible side effects. The most commonly reported reaction to this drug is headaches. Other problems may include dizziness, weakness, and a sore throat.
An Introduction to Nitroglycerin Side EffectsJust like any medicine, nitroglycerin (Minitran™, Nitro-Bid®, Nitro-Dur®, Nitrolingual®, NitroMist®, Nitrostat®, Rectiv™) can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the medication will have 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.
Common Side Effects of NitroglycerinFor many medications, the prescribing information carefully explains the exact percentage of side effects that were reported in clinical trials. However, the prescribing information for almost all older medications, including many nitroglycerin products, includes only vague information on potential side effects, with no percentages provided. Therefore, it can be difficult to know exactly how frequent the side effects occur.
- Unusual sensations, such as burning or tingling (particularly for the tablets or spray that are used under the tongue).
- Shortness of breath
- A sore throat
- A runny or stuffy nose
- Flushing of the skin
- General weakness
- Abdominal (stomach) pain.