Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Cardiovascular

Imdur Alternatives

(isosorbide mononitrate)

Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Cardiovascular
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These medications are comparable to Imdur (isosorbide mononitrate) or used for similar purposes.

Imdur
(isosorbide mononitrate)

Isordil
(isosorbide dinitrate)

Nitrostat
(nitroglycerin)

Relieves chest pain. 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.Relieves chest pain. 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.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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3.85Imdur
Reviews for Imdur
47%
of people (All ages) say Imdur is worth it
29%
say it works well
32%
say it's a big hassle
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Reviews for Isordil
46%
+1% better vs. Imdur
24%
+5% better vs. Imdur
20%
-12% worse vs. Imdur
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Reviews for Nitrostat
41%
+6% better vs. Imdur
51%
-22% worse vs. Imdur
21%
-11% worse vs. Imdur
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Side effects
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  • Dizziness 4%
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The Isordil FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

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  • Headache 45%
  • Lightheadedness 2%
  • Low blood pressure 4%
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How it works
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Isosorbide mononitrate 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.Isosorbide dinitrate 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.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 onlyPrescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
ImdurIsordilNitrostat
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Patch
  • Mouth spray
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Rectal gel or ointment
Used for
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Risk factors for serious side effects
ImdurIsordilNitrostat
  • Concurrent use of erectile dysfunction medicine
  • Age 65 years or older
  • Alcohol use
  • Long term use
Detailed Imdur (isosorbide mononitrate) risks & warnings »
  • Age 65 years or older
  • Taking drugs for erectile dysfunction
  • Alcohol use
Detailed Isordil (isosorbide dinitrate) risks & warnings »
  • 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.

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
ImdurIsordilNitrostat
  • Don't drink alcohol while taking this medicine. It can make you really dizzy.
  • Don't drink alcohol while taking this medicine. It can make you really dizzy.
  • Don't drink alcohol while taking this medicine. It can make dizziness worse.
Pain
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No pain related info.No pain related info.
  • 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.
  • First-choice treatment for quick relief of heart-related chest pain (angina).
Upsides and benefits
ImdurIsordilNitrostat
  • Prevents heart-related chest pain (angina) from the narrowing of heart blood vessels (coronary artery disease).
  • Treats and prevents heart-related chest pain (angina) from the narrowing of heart blood vessels (coronary artery disease).
  • 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
ImdurIsordilNitrostat
  • 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 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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
ImdurIsordilNitrostat
  • Can cause headaches, dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting. Headache can be a sign that the medicine is working.
  • Don't drink alcohol while taking this medicine. It can make you really dizzy.
  • Tell your doctor if you're taking any medicine for erectile dysfunction.
  • Don't stop taking this medicine suddenly.
  • Can cause headaches, dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting.
  • Don't drink alcohol while taking this medicine. It can make you really dizzy.
  • Tell your doctor if you're taking any medicine for erectile dysfunction.
  • Don't stop taking this medicine suddenly.
  • 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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