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Glyceryl Trinitrate

Drug Class: Commonly Known As: Category:
Nitrates

Glyceryl Trinitrate - What is it for

​Glyceryl trinitrate (GTN) belongs to a class of medications called Nitrates. Nitrates are used to prevent and treat the symptoms of angina (chest pain). Angina is caused by lack of blood supply and oxygen to your heart. Nitrates work by relaxing blood vessels so that more blood and oxygen is supplied to the heart.

Nitrates are used to treat angina in three ways:

  • To relieve an ongoing attack by using the medication at the start of the attack.
  • To prevent attacks from occurring by using the medication just before an attack is expected to occur.
  • To reduce the number of attacks that occur by using the medication regularly on a long-term basis.

Glyceryl Trinitrate - Additional Information

  • Updated on Wednesday, July 31, 2019
  • Article contributed by PSS National Medication Information Workgroup PSS National Medication Information Workgroup

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