Medications: HMG CoA Reductase Inhibitors | Niacin | Nitroglycerin Sublingual or Spray
Nitroglycerin sublingual (under the tongue) or spray is a commonly prescribed medication that relaxes blood vessels, widens coronary arteries and increases the supply of blood and oxygen to the heart.
It is used to relieve angina (chest pain), relieve smooth muscle pain that is not heart related and may be used to prevent pain before strenuous exercise. To be taken when there is discomfort in the jaw, neck, shoulders, arm/hand; when there is chest pain/pressure; or for cold sweats, nausea or shortness of breath.
Before treating with nitroglycerin you must sit or lie down at first indication of chest pain. Often, the pain will disappear with rest. If after five minutes the pain persists:
A headache, dizziness, lowered blood pressure, fast heart rate and/or hot, flush feeling. Generally, these reactions last only a few minutes.