Cardiovascular disease

Chest pain

(Angina)

About Chest pain

Having a pain in your chest can be scary. It does not always mean that you are having a heart attack. There can be many other causes, includingOther heart problems, such as anginaPanic attacksDigestive problems, such as heartburn or esophagus disordersSore musclesLung diseases, such as pneumonia, pleurisy, or pulmonary embolismCostochondritis - an inflammation of joints in your chestSome of these problems can be serious. Get immediate medical care if you have chest pain that does not go away, crushing pain or pressure in the chest, or chest pain along with nausea, sweating, dizziness or shortness of breath. Treatment depends on the cause of the pain.

Top Medications for Chest pain according to our users

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All Medications for Chest pain

  • Aspirin
    Over-the-counter

    A low dose of Aspirin (81mg) every day can protect your heart, but it's not the best medicine to take for pain, swelling, or fever.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • Atenolol
    Prescription only

    Tenormin (atenolol) is good for controlling chest pain and treating a heart attack. It has fewer side effects than other beta blockers. You need to take it on an empty stomach and you can't skip doses.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • Calan
    (verapamil)
    Prescription only

    Verapamil works well to lower blood pressure and prevent chest pain, but you have to be okay with avoiding alcohol. You can't miss doses, and you might get persistent swelling.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Extended release
    • Delayed release capsule
  • Diltiazem
    Prescription only

    Diltiazem works well to lower blood pressure and prevent chest pain, but you have to be okay with avoiding alcohol. You can't miss doses, and you might get persistent swelling.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Extended release
    • Extended release capsule
  • Nifedipine
    Prescription only

    Nifedipine works well to lower blood pressure and prevent chest pain, but you have to be okay with avoiding grapefruit. You can't miss doses, and you might get persistent swelling.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Extended release
  • Propranolol
    Prescription only

    Inderal (Propranolol) is good for treating many heart problems and other problems in the body, but it has more side effects than other beta blockers. You can't miss doses.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Extended release
    • Liquid
  • Imdur
    (isosorbide mononitrate)
    Prescription only

    Isosorbide mononitrate is good for chest pain, but you have to be able to stick to your dosing schedule or it won't work as well.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Extended release
  • Isordil
    (isosorbide dinitrate)
    Prescription only

    Isosorbide dinitrate is good for chest pain, but you have to be able to stick to your dosing schedule or it won't work as well.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Extended release
  • Nitrostat
    (nitroglycerin)
    Prescription only

    Nitroglycerin is the fastest-working medicine to relieve chest pain, but make sure to sit down before taking it.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Dissolving tablet
    • Pill
    • Extended release
    • Patch
    • Mouth spray
    • Cream, gel, or ointment
    • Rectal gel or ointment
  • Isordil
    (isosorbide dinitrate)
    Prescription only

    Isosorbide dinitrate is good for chest pain, but you have to be able to stick to your dosing schedule or it won't work as well.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Extended release
  • Lopressor
    (metoprolol tartrate)
    Prescription only

    Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate) lowers high blood pressure, controls chest pain, and helps treat heart failure and heart attack. You need to take it with food and can't miss a dose.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • Nitrostat
    (nitroglycerin)
    Prescription only

    Nitroglycerin is the fastest-working medicine to relieve chest pain, but make sure to sit down before taking it.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Dissolving tablet
    • Pill
    • Extended release
    • Patch
    • Mouth spray
    • Cream, gel, or ointment
    • Rectal gel or ointment
  • Norvasc
    (amlodipine)
    Prescription only

    Norvasc (Amlodipine) works well to lower blood pressure and prevent chest pain. You can't miss doses, and you might get persistent swelling.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • Toprol XL
    (metoprolol succinate)
    Prescription only

    Toprol XL (metoprolol succinate) is good for controlling chest pain, treating heart failure, and heart attack. It has the added benefit of being taken once a day.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Extended release
  • Bisoprolol
    Prescription only

    Zebeta (Bisoprolol) is usually given to people who have taken other blood pressure meds unsuccessfully or have recently had significant heart problems.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • Coreg
    (carvedilol)
    Prescription only

    Coreg (Carvedilol) is good for controlling chest pain and treating heart failure and heart attack. You have to take it with food, and you can't miss doses.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Extended release
  • felodipine
    Prescription only

    Plendil (felodipine) works well to lower blood pressure, but it may cause swelling in your arms and legs at higher doses.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Extended release
  • Visken
    (pindolol)
    Prescription only

    Visken (pindolol) lowers high blood pressure and controls chest pain.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill

Medication side effects for Chest pain

These are some of the most common side effects from clinical trials for Dizziness.

  • Calan: 3%
  • Norvasc: 10%
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At this end, no one is expected to have Dizziness

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At this end, almost everyone is expected to have Dizziness

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