Dilatrate – SR (Isosorbide Dinitrate)

General Information

Dilatrate – SR (Isosorbide Dinitrate) is indicated to prevent angina which is a type of chest pain. 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. Atherosclerosis is the main cause of this type of condition. 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 Dilatrate – SR (Isosorbide Dinitrate) work?

Isosorbide Dinitrate is a type of vasodilators which are the dilators of blood vessels. Blood that is coming back for the body in the veins must be pumped by the heart. It is through the lungs and into the body’s arteries against the high pressure in the arteries. This will work by letting the heart’s muscle produce and use energy and that it requires oxygen.

This medication improves the flow of blood and oxygen to the heart. It also reduces the work that the heart must do by expanding the arteries and veins in the body. Expanding the arteries lowers the pressure in the arteries against which the heart must pump.

As a result of both effects, the heart works less and needs less blood and oxygen. It also expands the arteries that supply the heart with blood. It is to let the heart receive more blood and oxygen.

Why use Dilatrate – SR (Isosorbide Dinitrate)?

Dilatrate – SR has an active ingredient of Isosorbide Dinitrate. It is in the class of medications called nitrates. It is supplied as a sustained release capsule that has 40 mg of Isosorbide Dinitrate. Each capsule also contains sucrose, lactose, and talc. In the year 1968, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved this prescription.

How to use Dilatrate – SR (Isosorbide Dinitrate)?

Dilatrate – SR (Isosorbide Dinitrate) is usually taken once or twice a day. Take the first dose when you wake up and the second dose 6-7 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. Swallow the medicine as a whole. Do not break or chew it.

What are the side-effects of Dilatrate – SR (Isosorbide Dinitrate)?

  • Dizziness
  • Chest pain
  • Nausea
  • Flushing
  • Headache
  • Light-headedness

Warnings and Precautions

  • Tell your doctor if you have any medical history or current medications.
  • This medication has a rare serious allergic reaction. However, get medical help right away if there are any symptoms of an allergic reaction.
  • 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.