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What are symptoms of angina that may need nitroglycerin?

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You may take your nitroglycerin when you first feel the symptoms of angina. You may have:

  • Aching, discomfort, or pain in your chest
  • Aching, discomfort, or pain in your jaw, throat, shoulders, arms, or upper belly or abdomen
  • Trouble breathing or shortness of breath
  • Tiredness (fatigue)
  • Nausea, a feeling of fullness or bloating, or gas If you have angina, take your nitroglycerin as instructed by your doctor. This might mean you take it as soon as you feel symptoms, or you wait a minute before you take it, or you take more than one pill over several minutes.

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Graboys, T. , Sept. 16, 2003. Cardiology

Hambrecht, R. , June 4, 2013. Cardiology

Amsterdam, E. , published online December 23, 2014. Journal of the American College of Cardiology

Boden, W. , published online August 19, 2015. Drug Design, Development and Therapy

Cleveland Clinic Center for Continuing Education: “Erectile Dysfunction.”

Harvard Health Publications: “Harvard Men's Health Watch: Which drug for erectile dysfunction?”

Schwartz, B. , published online July 6, 2010. Circulation

Warnica, J. , Merck & Co., Inc. 2016. Angina Pectoris, Cardiovascular Disorders, Merck Manual Professional Version

Reviewed by James Beckerman on August 02, 2018

SOURCES:

Graboys, T. , Sept. 16, 2003. Cardiology

Hambrecht, R. , June 4, 2013. Cardiology

Amsterdam, E. , published online December 23, 2014. Journal of the American College of Cardiology

Boden, W. , published online August 19, 2015. Drug Design, Development and Therapy

Cleveland Clinic Center for Continuing Education: “Erectile Dysfunction.”

Harvard Health Publications: “Harvard Men's Health Watch: Which drug for erectile dysfunction?”

Schwartz, B. , published online July 6, 2010. Circulation

Warnica, J. , Merck & Co., Inc. 2016. Angina Pectoris, Cardiovascular Disorders, Merck Manual Professional Version

Reviewed by James Beckerman on August 02, 2018

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