Why it is prescribed :
This medication is a vasodilator, prescribed for angina pectoris (chest pain).
When it is not to be taken (Contraindications):
Contraindicated in patients with cardiogenic shock (poor blood circulation), heart failure, low blood pressure, breast-feeding and children.
Category B :
Animal studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and appropriate studies on pregnant women are lacking.
Dosage & When it is to be taken (Indications):
Adult: Oral: Initial: 10 mg twice daily. Usual dose: 10-20 mg twice daily. Max: 30 mg twice daily.
How it should be taken :
It comes as a tablet, to take by mouth, with or without food.
Warnings and Precautions :
Caution should be exercised in patients with history of low volume of blood (hypovolaemia), low blood pressure, heart attack or other heart disease, lung swelling, mouth ulcer, any allergy, elderly and during pregnancy.
It may cause dizziness or lightheadedness, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.
Side Effects :
Headache, dizziness, drowsiness, nausea, vomiting, flushing, weakness and rectal bleeding.
Fast heart rate and low blood pressure.
Rash, abnormal liver function, mouth ulcer and muscle pain.
Other Precautions :
Avoid excess dosage.
Storage Conditions :
Store it at room temperature.