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Discharge Instructions: Taking Vasodilators

The name of your vasodilator is:


The reason I take this medicine is for:


Home care

  • Follow the fact sheet that came with your medicine. It tells you when and how to take your medicine. Ask for a sheet if you didn’t get one.

  • Tell your healthcare provider if you are taking any other medicines or herbal remedies.

  • Take your medicine exactly as directed.

  • Keep all follow-up appointments.

  • Tell your healthcare provider if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.

Side effects

Tell your healthcare provider if you have any of these side effects. Don’t stop taking the medicine until your provider tells you to. Mild side effects include:

  • Headache

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Diarrhea

  • Loss of appetite

  • Dizziness with standing

  • Low blood pressure.

    • Blood pressure can become dangerously low if vasodilators such as nitroglycerin, isosorbide dinitrate, isosorbide mononitrate are mixed with medications used to treat erectile dysfunction or pulmonary hypertension such as sildenafil or tadalafil.

When to call your healthcare provider

Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of the following:

  • Chest, muscle, or joint pain

  • Pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness in your hands or feet

  • Swollen feet, lower legs, or lymph nodes

  • Bloating

  • Fever and sore throat

  • Weakness

  • Skin rash or redness, itching, or blisters; or unusual changes in the way your skin looks

  • Constipation

  • Dizziness or lightheadedness

  • Fainting

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