WHAT IS ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE?
Isosorbide Mononitrate belongs to a family of drugs called nitrates. It dilates (widens) blood vessels, paving a clear passage for the blood to flow easily thereby helping the heart to pump blood easier. It is prescribed mainly to prevent angina attacks (chest pain). However, it will not treat an angina attack that has already begun. This medication may also be prescribed for other conditions not listed here.
Isosorbide Mononitrate is sold under various drugs, some of which are Isosorb Mono, Ismo (made by ESP Pharma Inc.), and Imdur (made by Schering Corporation).
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE:
Avoid taking Isosorbide Mononitrate if you are taking Sildenafil (Viagra, Revatio, or others). Taking both these medications at the same time can lead to serious, life threatening side effects. Also avoid Isosorbide Mononitrate if you are allergic to it, isosorbide diMononitrate, or nitroglycerin, or if you have early signs of a heart attack (chest pain or heavy feeling, pain spreading to the arm or shoulder, nausea, sweating, or general ill feeling).
Prior to taking Isosorbide Mononitrate, inform your doctor if you have congestive heart failure, low blood pressure, or kidney disease. This medicine can cause severe headaches initially when you start taking it. These headaches may gradually become mild as you continue to take this medicine. Consult your doctor if you need a headache medicine.
Do not stop taking Isosorbide Mononitrate suddenly. Doing so may increase the chance of an angina attack. Use this medicine regularly to prevent an angina attack.
Isosorbide Mononitrate is an FDA pregnancy C drug. It is not known whether it can harm an unborn baby if taken during pregnancy. Notify your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while taking this medicine. It is also not known whether Isosorbide Mononitrate can pass into breast milk and harm a nursing baby. It is better to ask your doctor if it is safe to take this medicine if you are breast feeding.
BEFORE TAKING ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE:
Before taking Isosorbide Mononitrate (Isosorb Mono, Ismo, Imdur), take care of all precautions mentioned above. Discuss them with your doctor and clear all doubts which you may have about this drug.
HOW SHOULD I TAKE ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE?
Take Isosorbide Mononitrate (Isosorb Mono, Ismo, Imdur) strictly according to your doctor?s direction or according to the instructions on the medication label. Do not alter the dosage unless your doctor advises you to do so. Also, do not take this medication after the prescribed period is over. All medications come with a patient leaflet. Refer the instructions in them for detailed information on that particular medication. Always store this medicine in a cool and dry place.
Drink plenty of fluids while taking Isosorbide Mononitrate to avoid dehydration. Watch out for causes of low blood pressure such as diarrhea, vomiting, heavy sweating, dialysis, low salt diet, or taking diuretics.
WHAT IF I MISS A DOSE?
If you miss a dose of Isosorbide Mononitrate, take it as soon as you remember. Don?t take the missed dose if the time to take the next dose is almost up. Taking multiple doses near to each other can lead to excess medication in your body which can be harmful.
WHAT IF I OVERDOSE?
In case of an overdose of Isosorbide Mononitrate, get emergency medical attention or call the Doctor immediately.
THINGS AND ACTIVITIES TO AVOID WHILE TAKING ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE:
Isosorbide Mononitrate can impact your thinking and reflexes. Be extra careful if you drive or do other activities that require a high degree of mental awareness. This medicine can make you dizzy. Avoid getting up suddenly from sitting or lying position. Also avoid alcohol.
SIDE EFFECTS OF IMDUR 30MG:
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE DOSING INFORMATION:
Isosorbide Mononitrate dosage may depend on a range of factors like age, sex, drug allergies, or seriousness of the condition among several other factors. Your dosage will be determined by your doctor after examining you properly. Remember to follow your doctor?s advice properly for best results.
INTERACTION WITH OTHER DRUGS:
Some drugs can interact with Isosorbide Mononitrate. These are some of the interacting drugs: blood pressure medicines, dihydroergotamine, ergotamine, Tadalafil, Vardenafil, beta blocker drugs (Atenolol, carvedilol, labetalol, metoprolol, or others), or heart disease medicines. These are not the only drugs that can interact with Isosorbide Mononitrate. There may be others. Let your doctor know about every other medicine which you may be using. Never start a new medication without taking proper medical advice.
Imdur 30 mg Tablet PR is used to prevent heart-related chest pain (angina). It works by relaxing and widening blood vessels so blood can flow more easily to the heart. This medicine will not treat an angina attack that has already begun.
Imdur 30 mg Tablet PR should be taken empty stomach. Your doctor will decide the dose and how often you should take them. This may change from time to time depending on how well they are working. You should take this medicine as it has been prescribed and keep taking it, even if you feel well. This medicine helps to prevent chest pain in the future. If you stop taking it, your risk of chest pain will increase, especially if you stop taking them suddenly. Lifestyle changes such as diet, exercise, and not smoking may help this medication work better.
You can develop tolerance to this medicine over time, which means that the same dose becomes less effective. You have to stick to a really specific dosing schedule to prevent this from happening.
Most common side effects
Before taking this medicine tell your doctor if you have low blood pressure, increased pressure in the eye (glaucoma), kidney disease, or heart failure. Also let your doctor know if you are taking any other medicines as some may affect, or be affected by, this medicine and some may be dangerous to take with it. You should not take any medicine for erectile dysfunction with this medicine. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, ask your doctor if this medicine is suitable. Your doctor may regularly monitor your blood pressure and heart rate during the treatment with this medicine.
USES OF IMDUR TABLET PR
- Prevention of Angina (heart-related chest pain)
BENEFITS OF IMDUR TABLET PR
In Prevention of Angina (heart-related chest pain)
SIDE EFFECTS OF IMDUR TABLET PR
Common side effects of Imdur
- Flushing (sense of warmth in the face, ears, neck and trunk)
- Orthostatic hypotension (sudden lowering of blood pressure on standing)
HOW TO USE IMDUR TABLET PR
HOW IMDUR TABLET PR WORKS
However, talk to your doctor if you have any underlying kidney disease.
WHAT IF YOU FORGET TO TAKE IMDUR TABLET PR?
Q. Does Imdur 30mg Tablet PR affect heart rate?
Q. What if I forget to take a dose of Imdur 30mg Tablet PR?
Q. Can I stop taking Imdur 30mg Tablet PR after sometime?
Q. What are the symptoms of an overdose of Imdur 30mg Tablet PR?
Q. Can Imdur 30mg Tablet PR be taken at night?
If taking it twice a day, maintain a gap of 7 hours between the two doses.
This helps decrease the chances of Imdur 30mg Tablet PR becoming ineffective (tolerance) after some time.
Q. Does Imdur 30mg Tablet PR lower BP?
This fall in blood pressure may in turn decrease the heartbeat which can lead to angina.
This medicine should be avoided in people who already have low blood pressure. Discuss with your doctor if you have any concerns.
Q. Can I take sildenafil while taking Imdur 30mg Tablet PR?
Along with this, also avoid taking other medicines belonging to similar classes such as vardenafil and tadalail.
- You have been prescribed Imdur 30mg Tablet PR for the prevention and treatment of heart-related chest pain (angina).
Eat healthy (low-fat, high-fiber, low-sodium diet), quit smoking, increase your physical activity, watch your weight and reduce stress.
Imdur 30mg Tablet PR may cause dizziness or sleepiness. Do not drive or do anything that requires concentration until you know how it affects you.
- Do not consume alcohol while taking Imdur 30mg Tablet PR as it may cause increased dizziness.
- It may cause headaches which usually go away after a few days of continued treatment. Inform your doctor if it persists.
- You may develop tolerance to Imdur 30mg Tablet PR with time, meaning that the same dose may be less effective next time. Follow the prescribed dosing schedule to avoid this.
- Stop taking medications (prescribed for erectile dysfunction) like sildenafil or tadalafil while on treatment with Imdur 30mg Tablet PR as it may cause low blood pressure.