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