What forms of nitrate are used to treat angina?

Audrey K. Chun, MD
Geriatric Medicine
Nitrates are prescribed for angina, the chest pain that accompanies coronary artery disease. Nitroglycerin is the most commonly prescribed nitrate. Nitrates come in fast-acting forms, which you put under your tongue or spray into your mouth when you have an acute attack, and in pill, paste and patch forms for the treatment of chronic angina.

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