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.

Continue Learning about Angina Treatment

What medications help treat angina pain?
Yolanda Y. Hendley, MDYolanda Y. Hendley, MD
Prescription medicines can help improve blood flow to the heart in people with angina. Nitrates, suc...
More Answers
How is angina treated?
Anthony L. Komaroff, MDAnthony L. Komaroff, MD
Angina occurs when plaque in the coronary arteries partially blocks blood flow and the heart mus...
More Answers
Is there a cure for angina?
Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)
Stable angina can be successfully treated in a number of different ways, but there is no magic cure ...
More Answers
Healthy Habits to Manage Angina
Healthy Habits to Manage Angina

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.