Compare Hydralazine vs. Nitrostat

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hydralazine

Nitrostat
(nitroglycerin)

Coming soon.Relieves chest pain. Nitroglycerin is the fastest-working medicine to relieve chest pain, but make sure to sit down before taking it.
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Reviews for Nitrostat (nitroglycerin)
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+41% better vs. Hydralazine
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+51% better vs. Hydralazine
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+79% better vs. Hydralazine
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Side effects
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We haven’t found good data for Hydralazine side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Hydralazine »
  • Headache 45%
  • Lightheadedness 2%
  • Low blood pressure 4%
More Nitrostat side effects »
How it works
HydralazineNitrostat
Coming soon.Nitroglycerin is a nitrate. It dilates blood vessels all over the body. This makes it less work for the heart to pump, which relieves heart-related chest pain.
Type of medication
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Prescription only
Available as
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  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Patch
  • Mouth spray
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Rectal gel or ointment
Used for
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  • Essential Hypertension
Risk factors for serious side effects
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Coming soon.
  • Concurrent use of erectile dysfunction medicine
  • Age 65 years or older
  • Alcohol use
  • Long term use
Detailed Nitrostat (nitroglycerin) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Alcohol
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No alcohol related info.
  • Don't drink alcohol while taking this medicine. It can make dizziness worse.
Pain
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No pain related info.
  • First-choice treatment for quick relief of heart-related chest pain (angina).
  • Usually relieves chest pain in 1 to 5 minutes. If pain continues, you can take up to 3 doses, with 5 minutes in between each dose. Call 911 or go to the hospital if you've taken a second dose.
Upsides and benefits
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  • First-choice treatment for quick relief of heart-related chest pain (angina).
  • Can also be used to prevent chest pain from happening.
  • Available in various forms that take effect at different speeds and stay in your system for different lengths of time. Sublingual form works the fastest (1-3 minutes) but lasts the shortest in your body (25 minutes), while the patch form takes the longest to start working (30 minutes) but lasts the longest (10-12 hours). Your doctor can help you find the one that's best for you.
Downsides and risks
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  • You can develop tolerance to this medicine over time, which means that the same dose becomes less effective. You have to stick to a really specific dosing schedule for the extended-release, ointment, and patch forms to prevent this from happening.
  • Headaches are normal with this medicine and they go away as your body gets used to it, but they can be severe or not tolerable for some people.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
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  • Can cause headaches, dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting. Sit down before taking this medicine in case you get dizzy.
  • Take it exactly as instructed by your doctor.
  • Usually relieves chest pain in 1 to 5 minutes. If pain continues, you can take up to 3 doses, with 5 minutes in between each dose. Call 911 or go to the hospital if you've taken a second dose.
  • Don't drink alcohol while taking this medicine. It can make dizziness worse.
  • Tell your doctor if you're taking any medicine for erectile dysfunction.
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