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Medications for Angina

Other names: Accelerating Angina; Angina Pectoris; Angina, chronic; Angina, stable; Angina, unstable; Heart pains; New-Onset Angina; Progressive Angina; Stable Angina; Unstable Angina

About Angina

Angina pectoris is the medical term for chest pain or discomfort due to coronary heart disease. Angina is a symptom of a condition called myocardial ischemia. It occurs when the heart muscle (myocardium) doesn't get as much blood (hence as much oxygen) as it needs. This usually happens because one or more of the heart's arteries (blood vessels that supply blood to the heart muscle) is narrowed or blocked. Insufficient blood supply is called ischemia.

Typical angina is uncomfortable pressure, fullness, squeezing or pain in the center of the chest. The discomfort also may be felt in the neck, jaw, shoulder, back or arm. Many types of chest discomfort aren't related to angina. Acid reflux (heartburn) and lung infection or inflammation are examples.

Drugs used to treat Angina

The following list of medications are in some way related to, or used in the treatment of this condition.

Drug name Rating Reviews Activity ? Rx/OTC Pregnancy CSA Alcohol
aspirin 10 2 reviews
Rx/OTC N N X

Generic name: aspirin systemic

Brand names:  Aspir 81, Bayer Aspirin, Ecotrin, Easprin, Bayer Aspirin Regimen, Arthritis Pain, Aspir-Low, Ascriptin, Aspergum, Aspiritab, Aspirtab, Bayer Aspirin Extra Strength Plus, Bufferin, Ecpirin, Entercote, Genacote, Halfprin, Norwich Aspirin …show all

Drug class: salicylates, platelet aggregation inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

nitroglycerin 8.6 8 reviews
Rx C N X

Generic name: nitroglycerin systemic

Brand names:  Nitrostat, Nitrolingual Pumpspray, Nitro-Dur, Nitro-Bid, Nitro TD Patch-A, GoNitro, Minitran, Nitro-Time, NitroMist …show all

Drug class: antianginal agents, vasodilators

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Ranexa 7.3 62 reviews
Rx C N

Generic name: ranolazine systemic

Drug class: antianginal agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

metoprolol 6.9 12 reviews
Rx C N X

Generic name: metoprolol systemic

Brand names:  Lopressor, Toprol-XL, Kapspargo Sprinkle

Drug class: cardioselective beta blockers

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Nitrostat 8.0 2 reviews
Rx C N X

Generic name: nitroglycerin systemic

Drug class: antianginal agents, vasodilators

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

amlodipine 10 1 review
Rx C N

Generic name: amlodipine systemic

Brand names:  Norvasc, Katerzia

Drug class: calcium channel blocking agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

isosorbide mononitrate 4.1 33 reviews
Rx C N

Generic name: isosorbide mononitrate systemic

Drug class: antianginal agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, Prescribing Information

enoxaparin 10 1 review
Rx B N

Generic name: enoxaparin systemic

Brand name:  Lovenox

Drug class: heparins

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

isosorbide dinitrate 3.8 4 reviews
Rx C N

Generic name: isosorbide dinitrate systemic

Brand names:  Dilatrate-SR, Isochron, IsoDitrate, Isordil Titradose …show all

Drug class: antianginal agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, Prescribing Information

ranolazine 7.2 74 reviews
Rx C N

Generic name: ranolazine systemic

Brand name:  Ranexa

Drug class: antianginal agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Aspir 81 Rate Add review
Rx/OTC N N X

Generic name: aspirin systemic

Drug class: salicylates, platelet aggregation inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

atenolol 9.0 1 review
Rx D N X

Generic name: atenolol systemic

Brand name:  Tenormin

Drug class: cardioselective beta blockers

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

carvedilol 5.5 3 reviews
Rx C N X

Generic name: carvedilol systemic

Brand names:  Coreg, Coreg CR

Drug class: non-cardioselective beta blockers

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Bayer Aspirin Rate Add review
Rx/OTC N N X

Generic name: aspirin systemic

Drug class: salicylates, platelet aggregation inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

Norvasc Rate Add review
Rx C N

Generic name: amlodipine systemic

Drug class: calcium channel blocking agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Lopressor 10 3 reviews
Rx C N X

Generic name: metoprolol systemic

Drug class: cardioselective beta blockers

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Toprol-XL Rate Add review
Rx C N X

Generic name: metoprolol systemic

Drug class: cardioselective beta blockers

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Coreg Rate Add review
Rx C N X

Generic name: carvedilol systemic

Drug class: non-cardioselective beta blockers

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Ecotrin Rate Add review
Rx/OTC N N X

Generic name: aspirin systemic

Drug class: salicylates, platelet aggregation inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

amlodipine / atorvastatin Rate Add review
Rx X N X

Generic name: amlodipine / atorvastatin systemic

Brand name:  Caduet

Drug class: antihyperlipidemic combinations, miscellaneous antihypertensive combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, Prescribing Information

Easprin Rate Add review
Rx N N X

Generic name: aspirin systemic

Drug class: salicylates, platelet aggregation inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

propranolol Rate Add review
Rx C N X

Generic name: propranolol systemic

Brand name:  Inderal LA

Drug class: non-cardioselective beta blockers, group II antiarrhythmics

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Calan Rate Add review
Rx C N X

Generic name: verapamil systemic

Drug class: calcium channel blocking agents, group IV antiarrhythmics

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Nitrolingual Pumpspray 9.0 3 reviews
Rx C N X

Generic name: nitroglycerin systemic

Drug class: antianginal agents, vasodilators

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

verapamil 0.0 1 review
Rx C N X

Generic name: verapamil systemic

Brand names:  Calan, Calan SR, Isoptin SR, Verelan, Verelan PM …show all

Drug class: calcium channel blocking agents, group IV antiarrhythmics

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

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Rating For ratings, users were asked how effective they found the medicine while considering positive/adverse effects and ease of use (1 = not effective, 10 = most effective).
Activity Activity is based on recent site visitor activity relative to other medications in the list.
Rx Prescription Only.
OTC Over the Counter.
Rx/OTC Prescription or Over the Counter.
Off-label This medication may not be approved by the FDA for the treatment of this condition.
EUA An Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) allows the FDA to authorize unapproved medical products or unapproved uses of approved medical products to be used in a declared public health emergency when there are no adequate, approved, and available alternatives.
Pregnancy Category
A Adequate and well-controlled studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy (and there is no evidence of risk in later trimesters).
B Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.
C Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
D There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
X Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.
N FDA has not classified the drug.
Controlled Substances Act (CSA) Schedule
N Is not subject to the Controlled Substances Act.
1 Has a high potential for abuse. Has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. There is a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision.
2 Has a high potential for abuse. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or a currently accepted medical use with severe restrictions. Abuse may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.
3 Has a potential for abuse less than those in schedules 1 and 2. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high psychological dependence.
4 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 3. It has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 3.
5 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 4. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 4.
Alcohol
X Interacts with Alcohol.

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