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Generic Name: Glyceryl trinitrate
Product Name: Anginine


Anginine is used to relieve the pain of an acute attack of angina pectoris. It can also be used to prevent angina attacks when taken before physical exertion or mental stress, which might be expected to produce an attack.


Anginine is a vasodilator, which means that it causes dilatation of the blood vessels. In angina pectoris the pain is though to be due to reduced blood supply to the heart muscle and by dilating the coronary arteries Anginine increased the blood flow to the heart muscle. Anginine also reduces the amount of work the heart has to do lowering its need for oxygen from the blood. The effect of Anginine on pain occurs 2-3 minutes after administration and lasts for up to 20-30 minutes.

Dose advice

For acute angina attacks 600 to 900 micrograms should be taken as soon as possible. If the patient is elderly they should take 300 microgram (half a tablet) as soon as possible.



Common side effects

  • Flushing of the face and neck
  • Headachedue to dilatation of the blood vessels in the brain
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness when getting up from a lying or sitting position
  • Nauseaand vomiting
  • Fainting
  • Restlessness
  • Increased heart rate

Uncommon side effects

  • Blurred vision
  • Dry mouth
  • Severe and prolonged headaches
  • Rashes
  • Slowed heart rate

For further information talk to your doctor.


Posted On: 22 July, 2003
Modified On: 25 April, 2016

Created by: myVMC