Dilatrate is a drug which doctors may prescribe for treating angina, which is a type of chest pain. Doctors might also use this drug for congestive heart failure. How Dilatrate works for sure is not entirely known, but it is believed to help the smooth vascular muscles to relax. This medication can come in tablet form, where it works within 20 to 40 minutes, or in sublingual tablets under the tongue where they begin their work in 2 to 5 minutes.
Dilatrate may need to be adjusted for some people, or not taken at all depending upon their other medical conditions. If you have hyperthyroidism, liver or kidney disease, or head injury, Dilatrate must then be used with caution or possibly not at all. Anyone that has a severe degree of anemia may be unable to take Dilatrate at all. Dilatrate should also not be used during pregnancy unless it is absolutely necessary. Dilatrate can pass through into breast milk of nursing mothers, so it is important to let your doctor know if you are breast feeding.
Dilatrate has some serious interactions with some drugs. It is therefore important to let your treating doctor know of all other drugs you are taking including those that are over the counter ones. Over the counter drugs in combination with many of the over the counter medicines can cause heart problems to worsen. Dilatrate should also not be taken with any drugs for sexual dysfunction. Taking this medicine with a drug like Tadalafil for example, can cause your blood pressure to become dangerously low and be deadly.
Whichever form of Dilatrate you are taking, you need to take it just as it is recommended on the medicine label. The starting dose is often from 5 up to 20 milligrams taken three times per day. For your regular maintenance dose, it can be anywhere from 10 up to 40 milligrams every 6 hours. If you are taking the sustained release dose, it usually starts at 40 milligrams and up as much as 80 milligrams. For the sublingual tablets, the dose is from 2.5 up to 5 milligrams until angina subsides.
There are some possible serious side effects that can occur with Dilatrate. The most common effect is vertigo, so you should take care and caution in doing any hazardous activity. Dilatrate may also cause an upset stomach, headache, flushing, and vomiting. It is possible that some people may experience a severe type of allergic reaction with this medication in which there is trouble breathing, a breakout of hives, and itching. This situation calls for immediate medical help.