Preventing symptoms of angina (chest pain) caused by heart disease. Dilatrate-SR is used alone or with other medicines. Dilatrate-SR is NOT intended for the immediate relief of acute attacks of angina. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Dilatrate-SR is a nitrate. It works by relaxing the blood vessels in the body, allowing them to widen. This lets more blood flow through the blood vessels, which reduces the work the heart has to do to pump blood. This reduces the oxygen needs of the heart and makes chest pain go away.
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Some medical conditions may interact with Dilatrate-SR . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Dilatrate-SR . Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Dilatrate-SR may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
Use Dilatrate-SR as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Dilatrate-SR .
When used for long periods of time or at high doses, Dilatrate-SR may not work as well and may require higher doses to obtain the same effect as when originally taken. This is known as TOLERANCE. Talk with your doctor if Dilatrate-SR stops working well. Do not take more than prescribed. Some people who use Dilatrate-SR for a long time may develop a need to continue taking it. People who take high doses are also at risk. This is known as physical DEPENDENCE. If you stop taking Dilatrate-SR suddenly, you may have WITHDRAWAL symptoms. These may include rapid heartbeat, chest pain, and even heart attack.
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Dizziness; flushing of the face and neck; headache; lightheadedness; nausea; vomiting.Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); fainting; frequent or continuing chest pain; rapid heartbeat.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include confusion; diarrhea; difficulty breathing; dizziness; headache; irregular and/or forceful heartbeat; loss of consciousness; nausea; seizures; slow pulse; stomach pain; sweating; vision problems; vomiting.Proper storage of Dilatrate-SR :
Store Dilatrate-SR at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Dilatrate-SR out of the reach of children and away from pets.
This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Dilatrate-SR . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.