How to Take Amyl Nitrite and Dose of Amyl Nitrite


Find out how to take Amyl Nitrite (drug) and its dose. Describes the best time to take the drug and precautions if any that should be followed.

How to take Amyl Nitrite


How it should be taken  

It comes as a capsule for inhalation; inhale by mouth as directed by your physician.

Dosage & When it is to be taken

Adult - Inhalation 0.3 mL as needed; 2 to 6 inhalations from 1 capsule are usually sufficient. May be repeated in 3 to 5 min.

When it is not to be taken (Contraindications) 

Contraindicated in patients with cerebral hemorrhage (stroke), increased eye pressure, recent head injury, during pregnancy.

Why it is prescribed (Indications)  

This medication is a muscle relaxant, prescribed for angina pectoris. It works by dilating blood vessels.

Pregnancy Category

Category C : Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.

Warnings and Precautions  

Caution should be exercised in patients with history of chest pain, drug abuse, methemoglobin reductase deficiency, any allergy, who are taking other medications, children, and breastfeeding women.
It may cause dizziness, light-headedness, or fainting while standing or drinking alcohol. Avoid alcohol consumption while taking this medication.
Do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.
Amyl nitrite is very flammable.
This medication comes in a glass capsule covered by a protective cloth. The cloth covering allows you to crush the glass capsule between your fingers without cutting yourself.

Storage Conditions  

Store it in a cold place (2-8C).

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