Nitroglycerin

General

  • Type: vasodilator; stimulates cGMP production causing vascular smooth muscle relaxation
  • Dosage Forms: SL, IV
  • Common Trade Names: Nitrolingual, NitroMist, Nitrostat

Adult Dosing

Angina, acute

  • 0.3 - 0.6mg SL q5min, max: 3 doses within 15 min
  • IV form: 5 mcg/min IV, increase 5-20 mcg/min q3-5min.

Hypertension

  • 5-200 mcg/min IV, start 5 mcg/min IV and increase increase 5 mcg/min q3-5min

Pediatric Dosing

Hypertension/CHF

  • 1-5 mcg/kg/min IV, start 0.25-0.5 mcg/kg/min, max: 20 mcg/kg/min

Special Populations

  • Pregnancy Rating: C
  • Lactation: safety unknown
  • Renal Dosing
    • Adult: no adjustment
    • Pediatric: no adjustment
  • Hepatic Dosing
    • Adult: not defined
    • Pediatric: not defined

Contraindications

  • Allergy to class/drug
  • Pericardial tamponade
  • severe anemia
  • sildenafil use
  • methemoglobinemia
  • caution if hypotension

Adverse Reactions

Serious

  • hypotension
  • bradycardia
  • methemoglobinemia

Common

  • headache
  • dizziness
  • flushing
  • hypotension
  • reflex tachycardia
  • edema

Pharmacology

  • Half-life: 1-3 min
  • Metabolism: liver, erythrocytes, vascular walls
  • Excretion: urine
  • Mechanism of Action: stimulates cGMP production resulting in vascular smooth muscle relaxation

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