A question in another thread here led me to open this new topic about Nitro.
I've used it for years (unfortunately) so not only do I have first hand knowledge, but can perhaps offer up a few answers to some questions. I know a lot of others here are in the same boat!~So Please! Don't hesitate to join in the conversation here.
First and foremost, if you have been given nitro and told to use it for chest pain/discomfort for possible angina then that is what you do!
At the first sign of this chest pain, you take 1 tab. sublingually (under the tongue) and wait 5 minutes. If the tablet is working, you will immediately (if they are still good) start feeling a slight tingling sensation under your tongue. Then a strange sort of feeling in your head like the blood is rushing there. Almost immediately after that many will find themselves with a really bad headache due to the arteries dilating, or widening~that will resolve with time, or later on with acetaminophen tablet.
If this does not help you after the first tablet of Nitro. Take another one after that first 5 minutes has elapsed. If you continue with the angina/chest pain, or discomfort, then you take a 3rd Nitro and call 911!! You could be having a Heart Attack and this is not a time for speculation-you just get to the Emergency Room!!
So here is the Nitro protocol; 1 tab. every 5 min.'s X's 3. Call 911 if there is still ongoing pain or discomfort!! Unless your Dr. has given you different information/or instructions!