Isordil 5 Sublingual tablet

Introduction

Isordil 5 Sublingual tablet is used to prevent chest pain (angina attacks). It works by relaxing and widening blood vessels so blood can flow more easily to the heart. These tablets will not treat an angina attack that has already begun.

Isordil 5 Sublingual tablet must be taken in the dose and duration as advised by the doctor. Place the tablet under the tongue or between the cheek and gum, and let it dissolve. It is usually taken as needed, either 5 to 10 minutes before physical activities or at the first sign of angina. You should take the medicine as it is prescribed for you and keep taking it, even if you feel well. If you stop taking it suddenly your risk of an angina attack will increase. Lifestyle changes such as diet, exercise, and not smoking may help this drug 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.

The most common side effects of this medicine include headache and lightheadedness. These may disappear once you have got used to the medicine. If you are worried, or the symptoms do not go away, let your doctor know. Some of these can be reduced by taking painkillers, drinking plenty of fluids, and avoiding alcohol. Alcohol may increase some side effects (dizziness, drowsiness, feeling light-headed, or fainting). Medical tests (such as blood pressure) may be required to monitor your progress and check for side effects.

Uses of Isordil Sublingual tablet

  • Prevention of Angina (heart-related chest pain)

Benefits of Isordil Sublingual tablet

In Prevention of Angina (heart-related chest pain)

Isordil 5 Sublingual tablet reduces your risk of getting heart-related chest pain (angina attack). It does not treat an angina attack that has already begun and should not be used for this purpose. It works by relaxing and widening blood vessels in the heart. This makes it easier for blood to flow to the heart, so it gets more oxygen. This medicine thus helps to increase your ability to exercise and go about your daily life more easily and confidently. It should be taken regularly to be effective.

Side effects of Isordil Sublingual tablet

Most side effects do not require any medical attention and disappear as your body adjusts to the medicine. Consult your doctor if they persist or if you’re worried about them

Common side effects of Isordil

  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Lightheadedness
  • Nausea

How to use Isordil Sublingual tablet

Place the tablet under the tongue or between the cheek and gum, and let it dissolve. Do not chew, crush, or swallow the tablet. Isordil 5 Sublingual tablet may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.

How Isordil Sublingual tablet works

Isordil 5 Sublingual tablet is a nitrate. It works by relaxing the blood vessels which decreases the oxygen demand of the heart and reduces its workload, thereby preventing/treating attacks of angina (chest pain).

Safety Advice

Alcohol

UNSAFE
Consuming alcohol while taking Isordil 5 Sublingual tablet may cause symptoms such as flushing, increased heart beat, nausea, thirst, chest pain and low blood pressure (Disulfiram reaction).

Pregnancy

CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Isordil 5 Sublingual tablet may be unsafe to use during pregnancy. Although there are limited studies in humans, animal studies have shown harmful effects on the developing baby. Your doctor will weigh the benefits and any potential risks before prescribing it to you. Please consult your doctor.

Breastfeeding

SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Isordil 5 Sublingual tablet is probably safe to use during breastfeeding. Limited human data suggests that the drug does not represent any significant risk to the baby.

Driving

SAFE
Isordil 5 Sublingual tablet does not usually affect your ability to drive.

Kidney

SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Isordil 5 Sublingual tablet is safe to use in patients with kidney disease. No dose adjustment of Isordil 5 Sublingual tablet is recommended.
However, inform your doctor if you have an underlying kidney disease.

Liver

SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Isordil 5 Sublingual tablet is probably safe to use in patients with liver disease. Limited data available suggests that dose adjustment of Isordil 5 Sublingual tablet may not be needed in these patients. Please consult your doctor.

What if you forget to take Isordil Sublingual tablet?

If you miss a dose of Isordil 5 Sublingual tablet, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.