My husband has three stents in his heart. His recent Echocardiogram was negative. His doctor put him on Imdur because my husband complained about feeling winded easily. Sometimes he has trouble catching his breath. He never had chest pains when he had his first heart attack three years ago and got one Stent. Only discomfort on his upper left shoulder and down his left arm. Then he had pressure in his chest several months ago and had two more Stents. Still no chest pains. Today was the first time he experienced sharp pains. He started the generic brand of Imdur four days ago. If the pains come back, should he take a Nitro pill or go to the emergency?
Imdur is a long acting nitrate. It is not used to stop an anginal attack.
Hopefully, the stents by increasing the blood supply should decrease the chest pain.
Follow the directions exactly as ordered.
Do not stop taking Imdur suddenly or you are at risk for a severe episode of angina.
Also avoid dizziness and light headedness by sitting prior to getting up.
He's been through a lot!
I would definitely go to the ER if he has angina. Call the doctor tomorrow to report the last episode. He may want to increase the Imdur. If he's not feeling good on it, report it to the doctor. He has to stay compliant with these meds.
Ask about the use of nitro pills so you get the right answer. Until tomorrow, go to the ER with new onset of chest/arm pain.
I have had several heart attacks, 9 stents and triple bypass, not all harmful to the heart but hurt like everything. I take Imdur for the same problem cant breathe good and heaviness in chest. Tell him Imdur comes in many strengths so if it isnt helping they need to go up in the mg's. I was told whether on emdur or not you can take up to 3 nitro at least 5 minutes apart, if you have to do this head to the nearest emergency or call an ambulance. I'm talking from experience. Hope this helps your question.
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