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Nitroglycerin Transdermal Sy


NITRO-DUR 0.2 (Rated release in vivo 0.2 mg/hour, 10 cm

NITRO-DUR 0.4 (Rated release in vivo 0.4 mg/hour, 20 cm

NITRO-DUR 0.6 (Rated release in vivo 0.6 mg/hour, 30 cm

NITRO-DUR 0.8 (Rated release in vivo 0.8 mg/hour, 40 cm

Antianginal A


DIN Owner:

USpharma Ltd.

13900 NW 57th Court

Miami Lakes, FL 33014, USA

Imported by:

Dr. Reddy's Laboratories

Canada Inc.

5580 Explorer Drive, Suite 204,

Mississauga, ON L4W 4Y1


Date of Revision:

March 26, 2019

Submission Control No: 223266

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Table of Contents




SUMMARY PRODUCT INFORMATION ........................................................................3

INDICATIONS AND CLINICAL USE ..............................................................................3

CONTRAINDICATIONS ...................................................................................................3

WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS ..................................................................................4

ADVERSE REACTIONS....................................................................................................6







OVERDOSAGE ..................................................................................................................8

ACTION AND CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY ..............................................................9


Y ............................................................................................9

SPECIAL HANDLING INSTRUCTIONS .........................................................................9

DOSAGE FORMS, COMPOSITION AND PACKAGING .............................................10




PHARMACEUTICAL INFORMATION..........................................................................11


S ..........................................................................................................11




MICROBIOLOGY ............................................................................................................13

TOXICOLOGY .................................................................................................................13

REFERENCES ..................................................................................................................14

PART III: PATIENT MEDICATION INFORMATION ........................................................16

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Nitroglycerin Transdermal Sy




Route of





Dosage Form /


Clinically Relevant Nonmed






Transdermal patch /

0.2 mg/hour;

0.4 mg/hour;

0.6 mg/hour

0.8 mg/hour

For a complete listing see Dosage Forms,

Composition and Packaging section.


NITRO-DUR (nitroglycerin) used intermittently is indicated for the prevention of anginal attacks

in patients with stable angina pectoris associated with coronary artery disease. It can be used in

conjunction with other antianginal agents such as beta-blockers and/or calcium antagonists.

NITRO-DUR is not intended for the immediate relief of acute attacks of angina pectoris.

Sublingual nitroglycerin preparations should be used for this purpose.


Patients who are hypersensitive to this drug, other nitrates or to any ingredient in the

formulation or component of the container. For a complete listing, see the Dosage Forms,

Composition and Packaging section of the product monograph.

Allergy to the adhesive used in nitroglycerin patches has been reported and constitutes a

contraindication to the use of this product.

Acute circulatory failure associated with marked hypotension (shock and states of collapse)

Postural hypotension.

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Myocardial insufficiency due to obstruction (e.g. in the presence of aortic or mitral stenosis

or of constrictive pericarditis).

Increased intracranial pressure.

Increased intraocular pressure.

Severe anemia.

Concomitant use of NITRO-DUR (nitroglycerin) either regularly and/or intermittently, with

a phosphodiesterase inhibitor for erectile dysfunction (e.g. VIAGRA* (sildenafil citrate),

CIALIS* (tadalafil), or LEVITRA* or STAXYN* (vardenafil) or for pulmonary arterial

hypertension (e.g. REVATIO* (sildenafil citrate) or ADCIRCA* (tadalafil) is absolutely

contraindicated. Concomitant use can cause severe drops in blood pressure.

Do not use NITRO-DUR in patients who are taking the soluble guanylate cyclase stimulator

ADEMPAS* (riociguat) for chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension or pulmonary

arterial hypertension. Concomitant use can cause hypotension.



The benefits and safety of transdermal nitroglycerin in patients with acute myocardial infarction

or congestive heart failure have not been established. If one elects to use NITRO-DUR in these

conditions, careful clinical or hemodynamic monitoring must be used to avoid the hazards of

hypotension and tachycardia.

NITRO-DUR must be removed before cardioversion or DC defibrillation is attempted, as well as

before applying diathermy treatment, since it may be associated with damage to the paddles and

burns to the patient.

Headaches or symptoms of hypotension, such as weakness or dizziness, particularly when arising

suddenly from a recumbent position, may occur. A reduction in dose or discontinuation of

treatment may be necessary.

Caution should be exercised when using nitroglycerin in patients prone to, or who might be

affected by hypotension. The drug therefore should be used with caution in patients who may

have volume depletion from diuretic therapy or in patients who have low systolic blood pressure

(e.g. below 90 mmHg).

Paradoxical bradycardia and increased angina pectoris may accompany nitroglycerin-induced


Nitrate therapy may aggravate the angina caused by hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.


In industrial workers who have had long-term exposure to unknown (presumably high) doses of

nitroglycerin, tolerance clearly occurs. There is moreover, physical dependence since chest pain,

acute myocardial infarction, and even sudden death have occurred during temporary withdrawal

of nitroglycerin from these workers. In clinical trials of angina patients, there are reports of

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anginal attacks being more easily provoked and of rebound in the hemodynamic effects soon

after nitrate withdrawal. The importance of these observations to the routine clinical use of

nitroglycerin has not been fully elucidated, but patients should be monitored closely for

increased anginal symptoms during drug-free periods.

Tolerance to nitroglycerin with cross tolerance to other nitrates or nitrites may occur. As

tolerance to nitroglycerin patches develops, the effect of sublingual nitroglycerin on exercise

tolerance, although still observable, is somewhat blunted.

As patients may experience faintness and/or dizziness, reaction time when driving or operating

machinery may be impaired, especially at the start of treatment.

Although some controlled clinical trials using exercise tolerance testing have shown maintenance

of effectiveness when patches are worn continuously, the large majority of such controlled trials

have shown the development of tolerance (i.e. complete loss of effect) within the first 24 hours

after therapy was initiated. Dose adjustments even to levels much higher than generally used did

not prevent the development of tolerance.

Tolerance can be prevented or attenuated by use of an intermittent dosage schedule. Although

the minimum nitrate-free interval has not been defined, clinical trials have demonstrated that an

appropriate dosing schedule for nitroglycerin patches would provide for a daily patch-on period

of 12 - 14 hours and a daily patch-off period of 10 - 12 hours. The patch-free time should

coincide with the period in which angina pectoris is least likely to occur (usually at night).

Patients should be watched carefully for an increase of angina pectoris during the patch-free

period. Adjustment of background medication may be required. The dose of NITRO-DUR

should be periodically reviewed in relation to continuing antianginal control.


Caution should be exercised in patients with arterial hypoxemia due to anemia (See

CONTRAINDICATIONS), because in such patients the biotransformation of nitroglycerin is

reduced. Similarly, caution is called for in patients with hypoxemia and a ventilation/perfusion

imbalance due to lung disease or ischemic heart failure. Patients with angina pectoris,

myocardial infarction, or cerebral ischemia frequently suffer from abnormalities of the small

airways (especially alveolar hypoxia). Under these circumstances vasoconstriction occurs within

the lung to shift perfusion from areas of alveolar hypoxia to better ventilated regions of the lung.

As a potent vasodilator, nitroglycerin could reverse this protective vasoconstriction and



in increased perfusion to poorly ventilated areas, worsening of the ventilation/perfusion

imbalance, and a further decrease in the arterial partial pressure of oxygen.

Special Populations

Pregnant Women:

It is not known whether NITRO-DUR can cause fetal harm when administered to pregnant

women or can affect reproductive capacity. Therefore, use NITRO-DUR only if the potential

benefit justifies the risk to the fetus.

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Nursing Women:

It is not known whether nitroglycerin is excreted in human milk. Benefits to the mother must be

weighed against the risk to the infant.


Safety and effectiveness in children have not been established.


Adverse Drug Reaction Overview

Headache, which may be severe, is the most commonly reported side effect. Headache may be

recurrent with each daily dose, especially at higher doses of nitroglycerin. Headaches may be

treated with concomitant administration of mild analgesics. If such headaches are unresponsive

to treatment, the nitroglycerin dosage should be reduced or the product discontinued. Transient

episodes of lightheadedness, occasionally related to blood pressure changes, may also occur.

Hypotension occurs infrequently, but in some patients it may be severe enough to warrant

discontinuation of therapy.

Reddening of the skin, with or without a mild local itching or burning sensation, as well as

allergic contact dermatitis may occasionally occur. Upon removal of the patch, any slight

reddening of the skin will usually disappear within a few hours. The application site should be

changed regularly to prevent local irritation.

Less frequently reported adverse reactions include dizziness, faintness, facial flushing, postural

hypotension which may be associated with reflex tachycardia. Syncope, crescendo angina, and

rebound hypertension have been reported but are uncommon. Nausea and vomiting have been

reported rarely.

Post-Market Adverse Drug Reactions


Case reports of clinically significant methemoglobinemia are rare at conventional doses of

nitroglycerin. The formation of methemoglobin is dose-related, and in the case of genetic

abnormalities of hemoglobin that favor methemoglobin formation, even conventional doses of

organic nitrates can produce harmful concentrations of methemoglobin.

Methemoglobinemia should be treated with methylene blue if the patient develops cardiac or

CNS effects of hypoxia. The initial dose is 1-2 mg/kg infused intravenously over 5 minutes.

Repeat methemoglobin levels should be obtained 30 minutes later and a repeat dose of

0.5-1.0 mg/kg may be used if the level remains elevated and the patient is still symptomatic.

Relative contraindications for methylene blue include known NADH methemoglobin


or G-6-PD deficiency. Infants under the age of 4 months may not respond to methylene blue due

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to immature NADH methemoglobin reductase. Exchange transfusion has been used successfully

in critically ill patients when methemoglobinemia is refractory to treatment.


Drug-Drug Interactions

Concomitant treatment with other vasodilators, calcium antagonists, ACE inhibitors, beta-

blockers, diuretics, antihypertensives, tricyclic antidepressants, and major tranquillizers may

potentiate the blood pressure lowering effect of NITRO-DUR. Dose adjustment may be


Nitroglycerin acts directly on vascular muscle. Therefore, any other agent that directly or

indirectly acts on vascular smooth muscle may have decreased or increased effect depending

upon the agent.

Alcohol may enhance sensitivity to the hypotensive effects of nitrates.

Concomitant use of NITRO-DUR (nitroglycerin) with a phosphodiesterase inhibitor (e.g.

VIAGRA* or REVATIO* (sildenafil citrate), CIALIS* or ADCIRCA* (tadalafil) or LEVITRA*

or STAXYN* (vardenafil) can potentiate the hypotensive effect of NITRO-DUR (nitroglycerin).

This could result in lifethreatening hypotension with syncope or myocardial infarction and death.

Therefore, phosphodiesterase inhibitor drugs in any form are contraindicated in patients

receiving NITRO-DUR therapy (see CONTRAINDICATIONS).

Concomitant use of NITRO-DUR with soluble guanylate cyclase stimulators such as

ADEMPAS* (riociguat) is contraindicated (see CONTRAINDICATIONS).

Concurrent administration of NITRO-DUR with dihydroergotamine may increase the

bioavailability of dihydroergotamine. Special attention should be paid to this point in patients

with coronary artery disease, because dihydroergotamine antagonizes the effect of nitroglycerin

and may lead to coronary vasoconstriction. The possibility that the ingestion of acetylsalicylic

acid and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs might diminish the therapeutic response to

nitrates and nitroglycerin cannot be excluded.


Dosing Considerations

The daily dosage schedule is based on intermittent therapy to prevent the development of

tolerance to nitroglycerin. The optimal dose should be selected based upon the clinical response,

side effects, and the effects of therapy on blood pressure.

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Recommended Dose and Dosage Adjustment

Starting dose is one NITRO-DUR 0.2 patch (10 cm

), usually applied in the morning. If

0.2 mg/hour (10 cm

) is well tolerated, the dose can be increased to 0.4 mg/hour (20 cm

) if

required. A maximum of 0.8 mg/hour (40 cm

) may be used.


The NITRO-DUR Nitroglycerin Transdermal System may be applied to any convenient skin

area; a recommended site of application is the arm or chest. Application sites should be rotated.

A suitable area may be shaved if necessary. Do not apply NITRO-DUR to the distal part of the

extremities. Hands should be washed thoroughly after application. Following use, the patch

should be discarded in a manner that prevents accidental application or ingestion by curious

children or others.


Nitroglycerin overdose may result in severe hypotension, persistent throbbing headache, vertigo,

palpitations, visual disturbances, flushing, and perspiring skin (later becoming cold and

cyanotic), nausea and vomiting (possibly with colic and even bloody diarrhea), syncope

(especially in the upright posture), methemoglobinemia with cyanosis, initial hyperpnea,

dyspnea, and slow breathing, slow pulse (dicrotic and intermittent), heart block, increased

intracranial pressure with cerebral symptoms of confusion and moderate fever, paralysis, coma,

clonic convulsions and death due to circulatory collapse.

The patch should be removed immediately and the underlying skin scrubbed thoroughly. No

specific antagonist to the vasodilator effects of nitroglycerin is known, and no intervention has

been subject to controlled study as a therapy of nitroglycerin overdose. Because the hypotension

associated with nitroglycerin overdose is the result of venodilation and arterial hypovolemia,

prudent therapy in this situation should be directed toward increase in the central fluid volume.

Specific elements of such therapy might include any or all of the following: elevation of the

patient’s legs, passive motion of the patient’s extremities, and intravenous infusion of normal

saline or similar fluid. In patients with renal disease or congestive heart failure, central volume

expansion is not without hazard. Treatment of nitroglycerin overdose in these patients may be

subtle and difficult, and invasive monitoring may be required.

Treatment of Overdosage

Keep the patient recumbent in a shock position and comfortably warm. Remove the NITRO-

DUR patch. Passive movement of the extremities may aid venous return. Administer oxygen and

artificial ventilation if necessary. Epinephrine is ineffective in reversing the severe hypotensive

events associated with overdose; it and related compounds are contraindicated in this situation.

For management of a suspected drug overdose, contact your regional Poison Control


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Mechanism of Action

The primary pharmacological effect of nitroglycerin is its smooth muscle relaxant effect.

Therapeutic effectiveness depends on its actions on vascular smooth muscle.


Dose-related vasodilation is seen in both the arterial and venous beds, but is most prominent in

the latter. The increased venous capacitance (venous pooling) results in a reduction of venous

return, ventricular end-diastolic volume, and preload.

In addition, the vasodilating effect on the resistance vessels tends to reduce systolic blood

pressure, left ventricular systolic wall tension and afterload. These effects combine to reduce

myocardial oxygen requirements.


Nitroglycerin is rapidly metabolized by a glutathione-dependent organic nitrate reductase in the

liver. In addition, studies with human erythrocytes in-vitro have shown that the erythrocyte is

also a site of biotransformation of nitroglycerin by a sulphydryl-dependent enzymatic process

and by an interaction with reduced hemoglobin. The amount of reduced hemoglobin in human

erythrocytes seems to play a major roll in their metabolic activity, and caution should therefore

be exercised in cases of anemia. In animal studies it has been found that extrahepatic vascular

tissues (femoral vein, inferior vena cava, aorta) likewise play an important role in nitroglycerin

metabolism, a finding which is consistent with the large systemic clearance seen with nitrates. It

has also been shown in-vitro that the biotransformation of nitroglycerin occurs concurrently with

vascular smooth muscle relaxation; this observation is consistent with the hypothesis that

nitroglycerin biotransformation is involved in the mechanism of nitroglycerin induced



Store between 15 to 30°C. Do not refrigerate.


Not Applicable for present Product Monograph

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Drug Substance

Proper name: Nitroglycerin

Chemical name: 1,2,3-propanetriol trinitrate

Molecular formula and molecular mass: C

; 227.09

Structural formula:

Physicochemical properties: Milky white liquid


Not Applicable for present Product Monograph


The NITRO-DUR nitroglycerin transdermal system is a flat unit designed to provide continuous

controlled release of nitroglycerin through intact skin. The rate of release of nitroglycerin is

linearly dependent upon the area of the applied system; each cm

of applied system delivers

approximately 0.02 mg of nitroglycerin per hour. Thus, the 10-, 20-, 30-, and 40-cm


deliver approximately 0.2, 0.4, 0.6 and 0.8 mg of nitroglycerin per hour, respectively. The

remainder of the nitroglycerin in each system serves as a reservoir and is not delivered in normal


The NITRO-DUR transdermal system contains nitroglycerin in acrylic-based polymer adhesives

with a resinous cross-linking agent to provide a continuous source of active ingredient. Each unit

is sealed in a paper polyethylene-foil pouch.

Cross section of the system:

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The principal pharmacological action of nitroglycerin is relaxation of vascular smooth

muscle a

consequent dilation of both peripheral arteries and veins, with more prominent effects on the

latter. Dilation of the post-capillary vessels, including large veins, promotes peripheral pooling

of blood and decreases venous return to the heart, thereby reducing left ventricular end-diastolic

pressure (preload). Arteriolar relaxation reduces systemic vascular resistance and arterial

pressure (afterload). Dilation of the coronary arteries also occurs. The relative importance of

preload reduction, afterload reduction, and coronary dilation remains undefined.

When NITRO-DUR is applied to the skin, nitroglycerin is absorbed continuously through the

skin into the systemic circulation. Thus, the active drug reaches target sites before inactivation by

the liver. Nitroglycerin is rapidly metabolized, principally by a liver reductase, to form glycerol

nitrate metabolites and inorganic nitrate. Two active major metabolites, the 1,2- and 1,3-

dinitroglycerols, the products of hydrolysis, appear to be less potent than nitroglycerin as

vasodilators but have longer plasma half-lives. The dinitrates are further metabolized to

mononitrates (biologically inactive with respect to cardiovascular effects) and ultimately to

glycerol and carbon dioxide. There is extensive first-pass deactivation by the liver following

gastrointestinal absorption.

In healthy volunteers, steady-state plasma concentrations of nitroglycerin were reached within

one half-hour after application of the patch and were maintained at the same level for the

duration of the study (24 hours). Between 2 and 24 hours, the mean steady-state concentration

was 0.224 ng/mL (20 cm

patch); the total amount of nitroglycerin delivered in 24 hours was

5.11 + 1.69 mg, 10.67 + 4.78 mg and 17.85 + 7.40 mg from 10 cm

, 20 cm

, and 40 cm


respectively, indicating that the dose delivered is proportional to the surface area of the patch.

Within one hour of removal of the patch, the plasma concentration declines to about 50% of

steady-state concentration and to undetectable concentrations by two hours.

Dosing regimens for most chronically used drugs are designed to provide plasma concentrations

that are continuously greater than a minimally effective concentration. This strategy is probably

inappropriate for organic nitrates. Some well-controlled clinical trials using exercise tolerance

testing have shown maintenance of effectiveness when patches are worn continuously. The large

majority of such controlled trials, however, have shown the development of tolerance (i.e.

complete loss of effect as measured by exercise testing) within the first day. Tolerance has

occurred even when doses greater than 4 mg/hour were delivered continuously. This dose is

excess of the effective dose of 0.2 to 0.8 mg/hour delivered intermittently.

Efficacy of organic nitrates is restored after a period of absence of nitrates from the body. Drug-

free intervals of 10 to 12 hours are known to be sufficient to restore response. Several studies

have demonstrated that when nitroglycerin is administered according to an intermittent regimen,

doses of nitroglycerin 0.4 - 0.8 mg/hr (20 - 40 cm

) have increased exercise capacity for up to

8 hours, with a trend of increased exercise capacity to 12 hours. One controlled clinical trial

suggested that the intermittent use of nitrates may be associated with a decreased, in comparison

to placebo, exercise tolerance during the last part of the nitrate-free interval; the



of this observation is unknown. In another clinical trial there was an increase in

nocturnal angina attacks during the drug-free period in some patients treated with


cerin a

compared to placebo. Therefore, the possibility of increased frequency or severity of angina

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during the nitrate-free interval should be considered.


Not Applicable for present Product Monograph


Acute Toxicity

The intravenous lethal dose of nitroglycerin was found to be 45 mg/kg in the rabbit. The

minimum lethal dose following intramuscular administration to rabbits was found to be

400-500 mg/kg and in the rat was 150-400 mg/kg. Orally, doses of 80 to 100 mg/kg were found

to be lethal in the rat. Signs and symptoms of toxicity include methemoglobinemia and

circulatory collapse leading to convulsions and death.

Subacute Toxicity

Subcutaneous administration of nitroglycerin at a low dose of 0.1 mg/kg daily to cats for a period

of 40 days produced anemia and fatty degeneration of the liver.

Daily doses as high as 7.5 or 15 mg/kg given subcutaneously for a period of 50 days were given

to cats. Two died after 10 to 20 doses, respectively. The surviving animals showed jaundice and

albuminuria, and hemorrhages of the cerebellum, heart, liver and spleen were seen at post-


Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility

The carcinogenic effects of oral nitroglycerin at doses up to 1060 mg/kg/day for up to 2 years

were studied in rats and mice. No carcinogenic effects were observed in mice; in rats,

hepatocellular carcinomas were observed at the middle doses of 31.5 or 38.1 mg/kg/day and high

doses of 363 or 434 mg/kg/day given for 2 years. The clinical relevance of these findings is

unknown. The extensive use of nitroglycerin in man has not produced any evidence of


There were no apparent nitroglycerin-induced mutagenic effects in the cytogenetics analyses of

bone marrow and kidney cells from dogs and rats fed nitroglycerin for 2 years and in the

dominant lethal mutation study in rats.

A three generation reproduction study in rats found adverse effects on fertility in the high dose

group (363 or 434 mg/kg/day) resulting from decreased feed intake and consequent poor

nutritional status and decreased body weight gain of the females and decreased spermatogenesis

(accompanied by increased interstitial tissue) in the males. Although litter size, birth weight,

viability, lactation indices and weaning weight were reduced, there were no specific

nitroglycerin-induced teratogenic effects.

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Arsura E, Lichstein E, Guadagnino V, Nicchi V, Sanders M, Hollander G, Greengart A.


levels produced by organic nitrates in patients with coronary

artery disease. J Clin Pharmacol 1984; 24: 160-164.

Bennett ED, Davis AL. A



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transdermal nitroglycerin preparation in normal subjects. Eur J Clin Pharmacol 1984;

26: 293-296.

Cohn PF, and Gorlin R. Physiologic and clinical actions of nitroglycerin. Med Clin North

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Cowan JC. Nitrate tolerance. Int J Card 1986; 12: 1-19.

Cowan JC, Bourke JP, Reid DS, and Julian DG. Prevention of tolerance to

nitroglycerin patches by overnight removal. Am J Cardiol 1987; 60:271-275.

DeMots H, Glasser SP. Intermittent transdermal nitroglycerin therapy in the treatment

of chronic stable angina. J Am Coll Cardiol 1989; 13: 786-793.

Hollenberg M, Go M. Clinical studies with transdermal nitroglycerin. Am Heart J 1984;

108: 223-231.

Luke R, Sharpe N, and Coxon R. Transdermal nitroglycerin in angina pectoris:

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Needleman P, Blehm DJ, Harkey AB, Johnson Jr EM, Lang S. The metabolic pathway

in the degradation of glyceryl trinitrate. J Pharmacol Exp Ther 1971; 179: 347-353.

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Schaer DH, Buff LA, and Katz RJ. Sustained antianginal efficacy of transdermal

nitroglycerin patches using an overnight 10-hour nitrate-free interval. Am J Cardiol

1988; 61: 46-50.

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Nitroglycerin Transdermal System

Read this carefully before you start taking NITRO-DUR and each time you get a refill. This

leaflet is a summary and will not tell you everything about this drug. Talk to your prescribing

physician about your medical condition and treatment and ask if there is any new information

about NITRO-DUR.

What is NITRO-DUR used for?

NITRO-DUR is used in adults to prevent angina (chest pain).

NITRO-DUR is NOT intended to be used for acute angina attacks. Sublingual nitroglycerin

medications should be used if you are having an acute angina attack.

How does NITRO-DUR work?

NITRO-DUR is a patch applied directly to the skin. The nitroglycerin passes from the adhesive

surface through the skin - allowing medication to be absorbed directly into the bloodstream.

Nitroglycerin causes the blood vessels to relax and increases the supply of blood and oxygen to

the heart reducing the likeliness of having an angina attack.

The amount of NITRO-DUR you need will depend upon your body's needs. Observe the dosing

instructions given to you by your prescribing physician and report to him/her if your condition


What are the ingredients in NITRO-DUR?

Medicinal ingredients: Nitroglycerin

Non-medicinal ingredients: Polymers used mainly in the adhesive of the patch.

NITRO-DUR comes in the following dosage forms:

Transdermal patch: 40 mg (0.2 mg/hour), 80 mg (0.4 mg/hour), 120 mg (0.6 mg/hour), 160 mg

(0.8 mg/hour)

Do not use NITRO-DUR if you:

are allergic to nitroglycerin, nitrates, or to any non-medicinal ingredient in the


are taking medication for erectile dysfunction such as VIAGRA* (sildenafil citrate),

CIALIS* (tadalafil), LEVITRA* or STAXYN* (vardenafil).

are taking medications used to treat high blood pressure in your lungs such as

ADEMPAS* (riociguat), REVATIO* (sildenafil citrate) or ADCIRCA* (


have had a recent heart attack, or other serious heart problems, stroke, or head


experience lightheadedness, dizziness or fainting when going from lying or sitting

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standing up (postural hyp


have severe anemia (low iron levels in your blood or low red blood cell count).

have narrowing of the heart valves.

have an eye disease called closed angle glaucoma or any other condition that increases

the pressure in your eyes.

To help avoid side effects and ensure proper use, talk to your prescribing physician before

you take NITRO-DUR. Talk about any health conditions or problems you may have,

including if you:

have heart failure

have low blood pressure or take diuretics (“water pills”)

have lung disease

Are breast feeding, pregnant or intend to become pregnant. Your healthcare professional

will decide whether you should use NITRO-DUR and what extra care should be taken

during its use

are less than 18 years old

Other warnings you should know about:

Driving and using machines: Before you perform tasks which may require special attention,

wait until you know how you respond to NITRO-DUR. Dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting

can occur, especially after the first dose and when the dose is increased.

Tolerance to NITRO-DUR and similar drugs can occur after long periods of use. Chronic use can

lead to angina attacks being brought on more easily. Do not suddenly stop using NITRO-DUR.

Talk to your prescribing physician if you wish to discontinue using NITRO-DUR.

Tell your prescribing physician about all the medicines you take, including any drugs,

vitamins, minerals, natural supplements or alternative medicines.

The following may interact with NITRO-DUR:

Do not take any drugs used to treat erectile dysfunction such as VIAGRA* (sildenafil

citrate), CIALIS* (tadalafil), LEVITRA* or STAXYN* (vardenafil) if you are using


Do not use NITRO-DUR if you are taking drugs used to treat high blood pressure in

your lungs such as ADEMPAS

(riociguat), REVATIO

(sildenafil citrate) or



Drugs used to treat high blood pressure.

Diuretics (“water pills”)

Drugs used to treat depression called “tricyclic antidepressants”.


Other drugs that may have the same effect as NITRO-DUR.


Drugs used to treat migraine headaches (such as dihydroergotamine).

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), used to reduce pain and swelling (such

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as ibuprofen, naproxen, and


Acetylsalicylic acid


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How to use NITRO-DUR:

Patches should be applied for 12 to 14 hrs, and taken off for 10 to 12 hrs.

Do not cut NITRO-DUR, use part patches or apply more than one patch at a time.

Do not reuse patch. Discard after first use in a safe manner.

Allow NITRO-DUR to stay in place as directed by your prescribing physician.

Showering is permitted with NITRO-DUR in place.

NITRO-DUR is packaged so that you have a 30-day supply. Be sure to check your supply

periodically. Before it runs low, you should visit your pharmacist for a refill or ask your

prescribing physician to renew your NITRO-DUR prescription.

It is important that you do not miss a day of your NITRO-DUR therapy. If your schedule

needs to be changed, your prescribing physician will give you specific instructions.

NITRO-DUR has been prescribed for you. Do not give your medication to anyone else.

Notify your prescribing physician if your condition changes.

Placement area

Apply to clean, dry, hairless areas of the skin, each successive application to a

different site. Select a reasonably hair-free application site. An appropriate application

area can be shaved ifrequired

Avoid extremities below the knee or elbow, skin folds, scar tissue, burned or

irritated areas.


Wash hands before applying.

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Hold the unit with brown lines facing you, in an up and down position.

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Bend the sides of the unit away from you, then toward you until you hear a "SNAP".

Twist the patch gently to lift the plastic backing. Peel off one side of

the plastic backing.

Using the other half of the backing as a handle, apply the sticky side of

the patch to the skin.

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Press the sticky side on the skin, and smooth down.

Fold back the remaining side of the patch. Grasp the edge of the plastic applicator by

the stripe, and pull it across the skin.

Wash hands to remove any drug.

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Press down on the center of the system to raise its outer edge away

from the skin.

Grasp the edge gently, and slowly peel the patch away from the skin.

Wash skin area with soap and water. Towel dry. Wash hands.

After removal, the patch should be discarded in a manner that prevents accidental

application or ingestion by children or pets.

You should use a different application site every day.

Skin care

1. After you remove NITRO-DUR, your skin may feel warm and appear red. This is

normal. The redness will disappear in a short time. If the area feels dry, you may

apply a soothing lotion after washing.

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2. Any redness or rash that does not disappear within a few hours should be called

your prescribing physician's


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Usual adult dose:

The starting dose is one NITRO-DUR 0.2 patch (10 cm

), usually applied in the morning. If well

tolerated and depending on response, dose may be increased to 0.4 mg/hr, maximum 0.8 mg/hr.

Patches should be applied for 12 to 14 hrs, and taken off for 10 to 12 hrs. Apply to clean, dry,

hairless areas of the skin, each successive application to a different site.


The patch should be removed immediately and the underlying skin washed thoroughly.

If you think you have taken too much NITRO-DUR, contact your prescribing physician, hospital

emergency department or regional Poison Control Centre immediately, even if there are no


Missed Dose:

If you have forgotten to apply NITRO-DUR at the scheduled time apply it as soon as you


What are possible side effects from using NITRO-DUR ?

These are not all the possible side effects you may feel when taking NITRO-DUR. If you

experience any side effects not listed here, contact your prescribing physician. Please also

see Warnings and Precautions.

Side effects may include:


Flushing of the face

Nausea, vomiting

Rash, redness, itching and/or burning in the area where the patch was applied

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NITRO-DUR may also lower the blood pressure and cause dizziness,


or a

fainting feeling, especially when you get up quickly from lying or sitting. Getting up slowly

may help. If you feel dizzy, sit or lie down. You may be more likely to experience headaches,

dizziness, or lightheadedness if you drink alcohol, stand for a long time, or if the weather is

hot. While using NITRO-DUR, be careful about the amount of alcohol you drink. Also use

extra care when exercising, standing for a long time, driving, or during hot weather.

Serious side effects and what to do about them

Symptom / effect

Talk to your prescribing physician

Get immediate

medical help

Only if severe

In all cases


Allergic Reaction: rash, hives,

swelling of the face, lips, tongue

or throat, difficulty swallowing

or breathing.


Low Blood Pressure: dizziness,

fainting, lightheadedness may

occur when you go from lying or

sitting to standing up.


Increased levels of

methemoglobin in the blood:

shortness of breath, blue or

purple colouration of the lips,

fingers and/or toes, headache,

fatigue, dizziness, loss of



Chest pain (angina)


Irregular, fast or slow



Heart Attack: crushing chest

pain that radiates into the arm or

jaw, shortness of breath, nausea,


If you have a troublesome symptom or side effect that is not listed here or becomes bad enough

to interfere with your daily activities, talk to your prescribing physician.

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Reporting Side Effects

You can report any suspected side effects associated with the use of health products to Health

Canada by:

Visiting the Web page on Adverse Reaction Reporting


canada/adverse-reaction-reporting.html) for information on how to report online, by

mail or by fax; or

Calling toll-free at 1-866-234-2345.

NOTE: Contact your health professional if you need information about how to manage your

side effects. The Canada Vigilance Program does not provide medical advice.


Store between 15 to 30˚C. Do not refrigerate.

Keep out of reach and sight of children.

If you want more information about NITRO-DUR:

Talk to your prescribing phy


Find the full product monograph that is prepared for healthcare professionals and

includes this Patient Medication Information by visiting the Health Canada website https://health-;

Questions/Concerns: 1-833-300-


This leaflet was prepared by USpharma Ltd.

Last Revised: March 26, 2019

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