Ismo (Isosorbide Mononitrate) is indicated to prevent chest pain called angina. It is caused by reduced blood flow to the heart. It is usually in patients with a certain heart condition called coronary artery disease.
Coronary artery disease is the blockage or narrowing of the coronary arteries. It is usually caused by atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is the build-up of cholesterol and fatty deposits on the inner wall of the arteries. It is also sometimes called clogging or hardening of the arteries.
How does Ismo (Isosorbide Mononitrate) work?
Ismo (Isosorbide Mononitrate) works by relaxing and widening blood vessels. It is both in the heart and around the body.
Widening the veins lessens the volume of blood that returns to the heart with each heartbeat. It is to make for the heart to pump the blood out again easier. Widening the arteries around the body also lowers the resistance that the heart has to pump against. These effects mean that the heart does not need to use as much energy to pump the blood around the body. Therefore, it needs less oxygen.
By widening the arteries within the heart itself, this medication also improves the oxygen and blood supply to the heart muscle. These actions, allow the medicine to prevent the angina attacks. That it may happen when the heart does not get enough oxygen for the work it is doing.
Why use Ismo (Isosorbide Mononitrate)?
Ismo contains an active ingredient of Isosorbide Mononitrate. It is a type of medicine called nitrate. This medication comes as a tablet for oral use. Each tablet has 20 mg of Isosorbide Mononitrate. The organic nitrates are vasodilators which are active on both arteries and veins. This was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
How to use Ismo (Isosorbide Mononitrate)?
Ismo (Isosorbide Mononitrate) is usually taken twice a day. Take the first dose when you wake up and the second dose 7 hours later. It is important to take it at the same time every day. Do not change the dose or take it more often without consulting your doctor.
The recommended dosage is based on your condition, age, weight, and response to it. It is to be taken by mouth with a full glass of water.
What are the side-effects of Ismo (Isosorbide Mononitrate)?
- Hot flashes
- Dry mouth
- Stiffness or pain in joints or muscles
- Skin redness or warmth
- Tingling under your skin
Warnings and Precautions
- This medication has a rare serious allergic reaction. However, get medical help right away if there are any symptoms of an allergic reaction.
- Tell your doctor if you have any medical history or current medications.
- If you are pregnant or breastfeeding women, let your doctor know and consult first.
- Avoid drinking alcohol while having this medication.
- Keep this drug far from the reach of children.