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Nitroglycerin Transdermal Patch

To prevent episodes of chest pain (angina) in people with coronary artery disease, a healthcare provider may prescribe the nitroglycerin patch (Minitran™, Nitro-Dur®). This patch is intended for transdermal use only, which means it should only be applied to the skin.
This patch is applied to the skin once a day and worn for 12 to 14 hours. Apply it to a clean, dry, hairless area of the body, preferably the chest. Choose an area that is free of irritations and cuts. Do not apply it right after bathing, as the skin may not be completely dry. However, you can swim, shower, or bathe while wearing the patch.
It is important that your body gets a 10- to 12-hour break from the drug every day. Without this break, your body quickly becomes accustomed to the nitroglycerin and the drug will become completely ineffective within 24 hours.
(For more information on this transdermal medicine, click Nitroglycerin Patch. This Web selection provides a complete overview on this skin patch, including how it works to help prevent chest pain, potential side effects, and safety precautions.)
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