Common Reactions to Nitroglycerin Ointment

Common Side Effects

For many medications, the prescribing information carefully explains the exact percentage of side effects that were reported in clinical trials. However, the prescribing information for almost all older medications, including nitroglycerin ointment, includes only vague information on possible side effects, with no percentages provided. Therefore, it can be difficult to know exactly how frequently the side effects occur.
 
With most nitroglycerin products, including nitroglycerin ointment, the most notable side effect is headaches. These headaches can be quite severe and can happen every time a person uses the drug. Headaches are most commonly seen with a higher nitroglycerin ointment dosage.
 
Lightheadedness and dizziness may sometimes occur; these reactions are usually caused by low blood pressure (hypotension).
 

Final Thoughts

You may experience some or none of the side effects listed in this article. Unfortunately, there is no way for your healthcare provider to know beforehand if you will have problems with a medicine that you have never tried.
 
Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you develop any problems while using nitroglycerin ointment or if something "just does not seem right." While it may not be related to the medication, your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.
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