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Imdur - Uses & Side Effects
Generic name: Isosorbide mononitrate
Other brand names: Ismo, Monoket
Isosorbide mononitrate (IsmoT, Imdur®, Monoket®) is a type of vasodilator. It relaxes blood vessels, increasing the blood and oxygen supply to your heart. It is effective in the long-term treatment of angina associated with coronary artery disease. Generic isosorbide mononitrate is available.
- The usual starting dose is 30 milligrams (taken as a single 30-milligram tablet or as one-half of a 60-milligram tablet) or 60 milligrams once a day.
- After several days, your doctor may increase the dose to 120 milligrams (a single 120-milligram tablet or two 60-milligram tablets) once daily.
- Your doctor may further adjust the dosage according to your response to Imdur.
Uses of Imdur
- Isosorbide mononitrate is in a class of drugs called nitrates. Isosorbide mononitrate dilates (widens or relaxes) blood vessels (arteries and veins). When blood vessels are dilated, it is easier for the heart to pump. Also, more blood, which is rich in oxygen, can flow to the heart.
- Isosorbide is used to prevent angina attacks (chest pain).
Side Effects of Imdur
Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Imdur.
- Headache is the most common side effect; usually, aspirin or acetaminophen will relieve the pain. The headaches associated with Imdur usually subside within a short time after treatment with the drug begins. Check with your doctor if your headaches persist or become more intense.
- Another common side effect is dizziness.
- Nausea and vomiting
- Weakness or loss of strength (asthenia)
- Increased heart rate (tachycardia)
Warnings and precautions before taking Imdur:
- Since Imdur can cause dizziness, you should be careful while driving, operating machinery, or performing other tasks that demand concentration.
- Nitrate-type medications such as Imdur may aggravate angina caused by certain heart conditions.
- This medicine should not be used to treat an angina attack, as it does not work quickly enough. It should be used regularly, as prescribed, to prevent angina attacks, and you should keep your glyceryl trinitrate (GTN) sublingual tablets or spray with you at all times to use if you do have an angina attack.
- The safety of this medicine for use during pregnancy has not been established. It is not recommended for use in pregnancy unless considered essential by your doctor. Seek medical advice from your doctor.
- Drinking alcohol may enhance some of the side effects of this medicine, such as feeling faint or dizzy.
Drug Interaction :-
- medicines for pain
- sildenafil (Viagra®)
- tadalafil (Cialis®)
- vardenafil (Levitra®)
- water pills
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. Severe overdosage of Imdur can be fatal. If you suspect an overdose, seek medical help immediately. Symptoms of Imdur overdose may include:
- Air hunger, bloody diarrhea, coma, confusion, difficulty breathing, fainting, fever, nausea, palpitations, paralysis, pressure in the head, profuse sweating, seizures, skin either cold and clammy or flushed, slow heartbeat, throbbing headache, vertigo, visual disturbances, vomiting.