What is the role of medications in the treatment of unstable angina?

Updated: Oct 01, 2020
  • Author: Walter Tan, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Eric H Yang, MD  more...
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Medications that provide symptomatic relief but that have not been shown to affect long-term major events include nitrates (eg, nitroglycerin IV), calcium channel blockers (eg, diltiazem, verapamil), and heparin. Medications that have been convincingly shown to be capable of reducing short- or long-term adverse events are as follows:

  • Aspirin

  • Clopidogrel

  • Beta-adrenergic blocking agents

  • Lipid-lowering agents (statins)

  • Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors

  • Glycoprotein (GP) IIb/IIIa antagonists


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