NITRODERM contains Nitroglycerin (glyceryl trinitrate) which belongs to a group of medicines called vasodilators. It is used in the prevention and treatment of chest pain associated with angina pectoris. Angina pectoris is defined as a sudden, sharp, severe pain originating from the apex of heart and radiating to the left shoulder. The pain is severe and crushing, and it is characterized by a feeling of pressure and suffocation, behind breastbone. It can also be used to prevent irritation and intravenous fluid leaking into the surrounding tissues, in patients who are receiving food or drugs directly into a vein.
Nitroglycerin works by relaxing the blood vessels of your heart, and this reduces the strain on the heart by making it easier to pump blood. NITRODERM is a transdermal patch that is stuck on your skin. The active ingredient (nitroglycerin) is slowly released and absorbed into your skin and blood vessels. The side of the chest is the suitable place to apply the patch.
Along with the treatment, your doctor might ask you to make certain lifestyle changes such as quitting alcohol and smoking, improve your sleep at night, eating a healthy diet and manage weight. The most common side effects of using this patch are nausea, vomiting and headache. Before taking this medicine, inform your doctor if you have anemia, raised pressure in your head, glaucoma, liver, kidney or heart disease apart from angina. If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, consult your doctor for advice before taking this medicine.