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Nitrolingual Uses

The primary approved use for Nitrolingual is to relieve an attack of angina (chest pain) as it is occurring. However, this medicine can also be used right before activities that are expected to cause chest pain. It cannot be used for the long-term prevention of angina, and it is not approved for use in children.

What Is Nitrolingual Used For?

Nitrolingual® Pumpspray (nitroglycerin spray) is a prescription mouth spray that is sprayed on or under the tongue. It is not inhaled into the lungs.
This drug is approved for treating attacks of "angina pectoris due to coronary artery disease." This means that it is approved to relieve episodes of chest pain due to coronary artery disease (also known as coronary heart disease), a condition in which small blood vessels become too narrow to adequately supply the heart with enough blood and oxygen.
Nitrolingual is also approved for use just before activities that will likely result in chest pain to help prevent attacks. Typically, these activities involve physical exertion, like exercise and sex.
Nitrolingual does not work long enough to prevent future attacks of angina. If you find that you are having frequent attacks, talk with your healthcare provider about a longer-acting form of nitroglycerin or another form of treatment that is more appropriate for such situations.

How Does Nitrolingual Work?

Nitrolingual works by causing the veins and arteries of the body to relax. With the arteries and in particular the veins relaxed, the heart doesn't need to work so hard and doesn't require so much oxygen. Since angina is usually caused when there is not enough oxygen to meet the heart's needs, using Nitrolingual can help relieve angina attacks.

Can Children Use It?

Nitrolingual is not approved for use in children. If your healthcare provider recommends Nitrolingual for your child, be sure to discuss both the risks and benefits. Since angina due to coronary artery disease is most common in older adults, it would be highly unlikely that a healthcare provider would recommend this medication for a child.
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