What is Isosorbide (Imdur) used for?
Imdur contains the active ingredient Isosorbide mononitrate. It is an extended release tablet which is usually taken once daily.
Imdur belongs to the class of drugs called Nitrates and is used either alone or in combination with other drugs to treat Angina Pectoris caused by coronary artery disease. It is a vasodilator which works by dilating both veins and arteries.
By dilating both arteries and veins, Imdur reduces the workload of the heart which in turn treats the symptoms associated with Angina. The most common side effects of Imdur are dizziness, nausea and lightheadedness; particularly quickly returning from a sitting or lying position. when
Daily headaches are often experienced with most nitrates. It is an indication of the activity of the drug and persons should not stop their treatment because of this. Pain relievers such as aspirin and paracetamol are often effective in relieving headaches. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
Alcohol should be avoided while taking Imdur as the combination can increase its vasodilating effect. Consult your doctor for drug interactions and drug information before taking Imdur. This is not recommended for individuals with a history of heart failure. Provide your doctor and pharmacist a list of your current medications, including prescription drugs, to check for drug interactions.
Drugs that treat erectile dysfunction should also be avoided while taking Imdur or any other nitrates as the combination can cause severe hypotension. Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant as it can hurt the unborn child. Keep out of reach of children and animals.
When used over a long period of time, it may seem like it stops working. Inform your doctor as they may need to adjust your dose.