Commonly Used Brand Names in the United States
Isordil/Isordil Titradose (isosorbide dinitrate)
Monoket (isosorbide mononitrate)
Nitroglycerin Slocaps (nitroglycerin)
Sorbitrate (isosorbide dinitrate)
Therapeutic Uses of Nitrates
Nitrates are used to treat:
• Chest pain associated with angina
• The symptoms of congestive heart failure (CHF)
How Nitrates Work
Nitrates dilate the blood vessels to improve blood flow and allow more blood to reach the heart muscle. Nitrates also relax the veins. If less blood is returning to the heart from the arms and legs, it eases the workload on the heart. Nitrates reduce chest pain, but they do not cure its underlying cause.
The information in this section is meant to provide a brief description of this medicine. It does not cover all of the possible uses, warnings, dosages, side effects, or interactions with other medicines and vitamin or herbal supplements. This information should not be used as medical advice for individual problems.
Texas Heart Institute www.texasheartinstitute.com/HIC/Topics/Meds/nitrmeds.cfm
Medline Plus www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/medmaster/a601086.html
Updated December 2009