What is Nitropaste?

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Nitropaste is mainly used in the emergency rooms for heart patients. It is predominantly used to treat diseases of the circulatory system and heart, and considered an effective vasodilator. Vasodilator is any medication that opens up the blood vessels and allows the blood supply to flow easily. Vasodilator can be natural or artificial. Some examples of natural vasodilator are carrots, eggs and tomatoes. Nitropaste is a good example of an artificial vasodilator. 



What is Nitropaste?

Nitro paste is a prescription medication which contains a chemical known as Nitro glycerin. Other terms for Nitro glycerin are trinitroglycerin, 1,2,3-tri nitroxy propane and glyceryl trinitrate. The other names of nitro glycerin are nitro span, nitro stat and nitro bid. Nitro glycerin is usually a heavy, colorless and oily liquid which is mainly used in making explosives. It is chemically extracted by nitrating glycerol. This is done in the laboratory by preparing an acid mixture of nitric and sulfuric acid. Then the glycerol is very slowly added to this acid mixture to form nitro glycerin. Nitro glycerin is used medically as a vasodilator. Nitro paste is popular for treating Angina, a form of chest pain which occurs when the heart muscle is not getting enough blood supply. This medicine works in such a way that it relaxes and widens the blood vessels. So, the blood flow to the heart is made easier. It is usually a topical medicine in the form of paste. It is also available as a spray or a patch. Proper precautions should be taken when applying this medicine on the skin to avoid the absorption in the other parts of the body.



What are the uses of Nitro paste?

Nitro paste is basically a smooth muscle relaxant and it dilates coronary arteries and systemic arteries. Nitro paste can improve the blood supply to the tissues in need of oxygen. Nitro paste has the tendency to relieve chest pain in the form of angina. A patient who shows the first sign of Heart attack will immediately be given nitro paste as a defensive mechanism in the emergency rooms. It is also used for lowering and regulating the blood pressure due to its dilating properties. Although care should be taken that nitro paste is not given to the patients whose blood pressure is lower than 90 and blood pressure should be tracked frequently after giving nitro paste. This medicine has a major role in the treatment of fissures. To learn more about natural ways such as following a diet plan which is sure way to help cure hemorrhoids,  Click Here!



What are the side effects of Nitro paste?

Any medication should be taken after thoroughly knowing its side effects. Like any other medicine nitro paste has side effects. They are

  • Headache:  Patients usually experience a throbbing headache immediately after nitro paste is given.The scientific reason for this unbearable headache is due to the dilating properties of the nitro glycerin which in turn  allows more blood to the brain apart from the heart.
  • Nausea: The dilation property of nitro paste not only affects the brain but also the stomach which triggers nausea.
  • Dizziness: patients also complain dizziness as a side effect when treated with nitro paste.
  • Drop in heart rate: When offering nitro paste for the heart patients, care should be taken that the heart beat rate is always 90 beats per minute. 

It may cause serious effect on the patient if nitro paste is given when the heart beat rate is less than 90 beats, because it can suddenly lower the blood pressure. Nitro paste is not prescribed for pregnant women due to its harmful effect on the fetus. Patients under certain medical conditions such as low blood pressure, dehydration, anemia and other heart problems should not be exposed to nitropaste without consulting a physician.

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