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Minitran Uses

If you have coronary artery disease, your healthcare provider may recommend the use of Minitran to help prevent episodes of angina (chest pain). Minitran relaxes the veins and arteries of the body, allowing the heart to require less oxygen. This drug currently has no "off-label" uses that are universally accepted, nor is it used to treat angina attacks that have already started.

What Is Minitran Used For?

Minitran™ (nitroglycerin patch) is a prescription skin patch approved for preventing "angina pectoris due to coronary artery disease."
In other words, Minitran helps prevent episodes of chest pain that happen because of coronary artery disease (also called coronary heart disease). With this condition, the small blood vessels that supply the heart with blood and oxygen become too narrow to adequately do their job.
Minitran does not work quickly enough to stop an attack of angina that is already occurring. In that sense, Minitran is not appropriate for people who have only occasional or rare episodes of angina. It is also inappropriate for people who have angina due to other causes.

How Does Minitran Work?

Minitran works by causing the veins and arteries of the body to relax. With the arteries -- and especially the veins -- relaxed, the heart doesn't need to work as hard and doesn't require as much oxygen. Since angina is usually caused when there is not enough oxygen to meet the heart's needs, using Minitran can help prevent angina attacks.
Because the body rapidly becomes used to nitroglycerin if it is used around the clock, it is essential that a 10- to 12-hour break from Minitran occurs every day (see Minitran Dosage). Without this break, the drug will become ineffective within 24 hours.
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