Compare Hydralazine vs. Nitrostat

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Relieves chest pain.

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

3.5/ 5 average rating with 63 reviewsforNitrostat
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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.
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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.
Used for
  • Essential hypertension
  • Congestive heart failure Gestational hypertension Mitral and aortic incompetence Pulmonary hypertension
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Patch
  • Mouth spray
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Rectal gel or ointment
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Side effects
The Hydralazine FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
4possible side effects
  • Headache
  • Lightheadedness
  • Hypotension
  • Increased Angina
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Risks and risk factors
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  • Low blood pressure
    • Concurrent use of erectile dysfunction medicine
    • Age 65 years or older
    • Alcohol use
  • Tolerance
    • Long term use
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