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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Nitroglycerin

These comments are made for the purpose of discussion and should NOT be used as recommendations for or against therapies or other treatments. An individual patient is always advised to consult their own physician.

[posted 04/20/2000]
Question: Ok listen, my boyfriend is taking nitroglycerin, i wanted to know whut that is used for, and he is wondering if he has a heart problem. I hope he doesnt, please help us.

Answer: This drug relaxes smooth muscle and is usually used in treating angina pectoris, but can be used for esophageal spasm as well as other conditions causing smooth muscle spasm.

Nitroglycerin Tablets [posted 8/7/98]
Question: Can nitroglycerin be categorized as a drug abuse substance? Is there any way it can be used to obtain a "high" or "stoned" effect with nitroglycerin. My only knowledge of this drug is for heart patients. My son whom I have been having trouble with recently, had some Nitrostat tablets in his pockets. I have no family or friends who need these, so they had to come from his friends or otherwise.

Answer: Low abuse potential. Also, the drug loses its potency when kept at body heat (like in a pocket) or exposed to air. You might inquire as a clue to other drugs and behavior, but this one is pretty low on the abuse scale.

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