Which medications in the drug class Vasodilators are used in the treatment of Pleural Effusion?

Updated: Dec 28, 2018
  • Author: Kamran Boka, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Guy W Soo Hoo, MD, MPH  more...
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Vasodilators

These agents are used for their ability to decrease preload.

Nitroglycerin (Nitrostat, Nitro-Bid, Nitro-Dur, Nitrolingual)

Nitroglycerin is a first-line therapy for patients who are not hypotensive. It provides excellent and reliable preload reduction. Higher doses provide mild afterload reduction. Nitroglycerin has a rapid onset and offset (both within minutes), allowing rapid clinical effects and rapid discontinuation of effects in adverse clinical situations.


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