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On this episode, I discuss isosorbide mononitrate pharmacology, adverse effects, and important drug interactions.
Isosorbide mononitrate is a vasodilator that works by relaxing and widening the blood vessels (primarily veins) through nitric oxide action. This reduces the preload and oxygen demand on the heart.
The primary use for isosorbide mononitrate is angina prevention. It is important to remember that it is NOT meant for acute relief of chest pain.
Headache is a major adverse effect of isosorbide mononitrate and can be very bothersome for patients. Vasodilation is primarily responsible for this adverse effect.
PDE-5 inhibitors are notorious for causing drug interactions with any nitrate medication. I discuss management strategies in this podcast episode.
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