Amyl nitrite is used to reduce pain associated with angina attacks.


What is Amyl nitrite?


Amyl nitrite acts causing the relaxation of blood vessels and increases the supply of blood and oxygen to the heart, at the same time reducing the workload for the heart muscle.


How should Amyl nitrite be taken?


Typically, Amyl nitrite is administered by inhalation.


Side effects associated with Amyl nitrite


Among the possible adverse effects of Amyl nitrite are included:


  • Dizziness or feeling faint or lightheaded
  • Accelerated pulse
  • Reddening of the face and neck
  • Mild headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Restlessness


It is important to contact a doctor immediately if taking Amyl nitrite triggers any of the following symptoms:


  • Skin rash
  • Fatigue or unusual weakness
  • Cyanosis of the lips, fingernails, or palms
  • Severe dizziness or fainting
  • Feeling of intense pressure in the skull
  • Shortness of breath
  • Weak and rapid heart beat


Contraindications and warnings associated with the use of Amyl nitrite


Amyl nitrite can cause dizziness and a feeling of lightheadedness, especially when getting up quickly from lying down or sitting. This side effect can be aggravated by alcohol consumption.


Moreover, before starting treatment it is important to inform your doctor if:


  • You have any allergies to the active substance, its excipients, other medicines, foods, or any other substance
  • You are taking other medications, herbal remedies and supplements, in particular avanafil, riociguat, sildenafil, tadalafil and vardenafil
  • You suffer (or have suffered) from anemia, glaucoma or hyperthyroidism
  • You suffered a stroke, heart attack or recent head injury
  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding