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Possible side effects of vasodilators include:

  • Sudden drop in blood pressure
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness, especially when getting up from a lying or sitting position
  • Fast pulse, racing heart or palpitations (tachycardia)
  • Flushing of face and neck
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Restlessness
  • Fluid retention
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Vasodilators may be prescribed to help control hypertension. Hydralazine (Apresoline) is commonly prescribed for this purpose.

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Vasodilators lower blood pressure by directly relaxing blood vessel walls.

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Nitroglycerin is a common vasodilator. Nitrates help relieve chest pain by dilating the arteries, which allows more blood to flow to the heart muscle. Early in treatment, nitroglycerin may be administered as a tablet placed under the tongue or infused through a vein. Long-term, nitroglycerin may be given on a regular basis through a patch, paste, or orally to control chronic chest pain (angina).

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Vasodilators help enlarge (dilate) blood vessels, enhancing blood flow through otherwise narrowed vessels. Ultimately, the heart can work better, because more blood is delivered to its muscle tissues.

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People with coronary artery disease (CAD) have blood vessels that are narrowed, which reduces the amount of blood that can be delivered to the heart muscle. Vasodilators help enlarge (dilate) blood vessels. Nitrates or nitroglycerin may be used to immediately relieve an attack of angina that is occurring, or prevent or reduce future attacks.

Common vasodilators include nitroglycerin (e.g. Minitran and Nitro-Bid).

Over time, the body may develop a tolerance to nitroglycerin. According to a small, double-blind, placebo-controlled crossover study, use of arginine (700 mg four times daily) may help prevent tolerance to nitrate medications.15 44

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  1. Parker JO, Parker JD, Caldwell RW, et al. The effect of supplemental L-arginine on tolerance development during continuous transdermal nitroglycerin therapy. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2002;39:1199-1203.
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People with coronary artery disease (CAD) have blood vessels that are narrowed, which reduces the amount of blood that can be delivered to the heart muscle. Vasodilators help enlarge (dilate) blood vessels. Nitrates or nitroglycerin may be used to immediately relieve an attack of angina that is occurring, or prevent or reduce future attacks.

Common vasodilators include nitroglycerin (e.g. Minitran and Nitro-Bid).

Over time, the body may develop a tolerance to nitroglycerin. According to a small, double-blind, placebo-controlled crossover study, use of arginine (700 mg four times daily) may help prevent tolerance to nitrate medications.44

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Possible side effects of vasodilators include:

  • Sudden drop in blood pressure
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness, especially when getting up from a lying or sitting position
  • Fast pulse, racing heart or palpitations (tachycardia)
  • Flushing of face and neck
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Restlessness
  • Fluid retention
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Vasodilators dilate or enlarge blood vessels. People with congestive heart failoure often have blood vessels that are constricted, which causes the heart to work harder pumping blood through the vessels. Vasodilators help address this problem by enlarging (dilating) blood vessels.

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Vasodilators help reduce treat some cases of congestive heart failure (CHF) by reducing the heart's workload.

Common names include:

  • Isosorbide dinitrate (Isordil)
  • Nesiritide (Natrecor)
  • Hydralazine (Apresoline)
  • Nitrate drugs
  • Minoxidil
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People with congestive heart failoure often have blood vessels that are constricted, which causes the heart to work harder pumping blood through the vessels. Vasodilators help address this problem by enlarging (dilating) blood vessels.

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Vasodilators help treat some cases of congestive heart failure (CHF) by reducing the heart's workload.

Common names include:

  • Isosorbide dinitrate (Isordil)
  • Nesiritide (Natrecor)
  • Hydralazine (Apresoline)
  • Nitrate drugs
  • Minoxidil
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People with coronary artery disease (CAD) have blood vessels that are narrowed, which reduces the amount of blood that can be delivered to the heart muscle. Vasodilators help enlarge (dilate) blood vessels. Nitrates or nitroglycerin may be used to immediately relieve an attack of angina that is occurring, or prevent or reduce future attacks.

Common vasodilators include nitroglycerin (eg, Minitran, e.g. Minitran and Nitro-Bid).

Over time, the body may develop a tolerance to nitroglycerin. According to a small, double-blind, placebo-controlled crossover study, use of arginine (700 mg four times daily) may help prevent tolerance to nitrate medications.44

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Vasodilators help enlarge (dilate) blood vessels, enhancing blood flow through otherwise narrowed vessels. Ultimately, the heart can work better, because more blood is delivered to its muscle tissues.

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Possible side effects of vasodilators include:

  • Sudden drop in blood pressure
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness, especially when getting up from a lying or sitting position
  • Fast pulse, racing heart or palpitations (tachycardia)
  • Flushing of face and neck
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Restlessness
  • Fluid retention
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People with coronary artery disease (CAD) have blood vessels that are narrowed, which reduces the amount of blood that can be delivered to the heart muscle. Vasodilators help enlarge (dilate) blood vessels. Nitrates or nitroglycerin may be used to immediately relieve an attack of angina that is occurring, or prevent or reduce future attacks.

Vasodilators Nitroglycerin (eg, Minitran, Common vasodilators include nitroglycerin (e.g. Minitran and Nitro-Bid)

Possible side effects include:

Dizziness or lightheadedness, especially when getting up from a lying or sitting position Fast pulse (tachycardia) Flushing of face and neck Headache Nausea or vomiting Restlessness

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Over time, the body may develop a tolerance to nitroglycerin. According to a small, double-blind, placebo-controlled crossover study, use of arginine (700 mg four times daily) may help prevent tolerance to nitrate medications.44

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Nitrates come in many preparations, including tablets, sprays (for use under the tongue), ointments, or patches for placement on the skin. The tablets or sprays are used at times of anginal episodes, while the ointment or patch is used on a daily basis for prevention of attacks.

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People with coronary artery disease (CAD) have blood vessels that are narrowed, which reduces the amount of blood that can be delivered to the heart muscle. Vasodilators help enlarge (dilate) blood vessels. Nitrates or nitroglycerin may be used to immediately relieve an attack of angina that is occurring, or prevent or reduce future attacks.

Common vasodilators include nitroglycerin (e.g. Minitran and Nitro-Bid).

Over time, the body may develop a tolerance to nitroglycerin. According to a small, double-blind, placebo-controlled crossover study, use of arginine (700 mg four times daily) may help prevent tolerance to nitrate medications.44

... (more)

Vasodilators help enlarge (dilate) blood vessels, enhancing blood flow through otherwise narrowed vessels. Ultimately, the heart can work better, because more blood is delivered to its muscle tissues.

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