I've been given angina spray to treat my chest pain,but I'm terrified to use it for the first time.

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I've been given angina spray but I installed can't bring myself to use it....im terrified of the stuff...I've heard about these headaches you get from it..I just don't know what im going to do....has anyone used this spray and what can I expect...please help I'm worrying myself sick over this...thanks from christina

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    Hi Christina,not everyone gets the headache but I fall into those that do.It is not too bad (my post lumbar puncture one was the headache from hell ).I was actually told in not so many words to "embrace "the headache as it shows that the spray is doing its job of dilating blood vessels.To be honest the pain does not last that long and is better than progression to a heart attack.
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      Thankyou so much for answering,I'm just terrified of medications full stop...I know I have to start using this spray,I guess I needed to hear from someone that actually uses it...even though my doctor has reassured me it's safe to use I still panic...see I also suffer panic attacks,so I worry about everything.... Is the headache instant and do you faint
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      Maybe a couple of minutes after use.Touch wood I have never fainted but if you are anxious and I always try to do this if possible use the spray while seated and if possible I sit quitly for ~5minutes before getting up (my philosophy is better safe than sorry)plus I do not want to feel an idiot if I fell over☺
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      Lol yes would be horrible to fall over...so is it just a normal headache? That goes with panadol..im sorry to be a pest but I'm just worked up about the side effects...and I hate headaches,like I'm sure we all do lol. I'm honest I'm soooooo terrified to take that first squirt
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      Lol...No...for each spray you have your headache will come back until your body gets use to it which generally is 2-5 days....some peoples headaches do last 1/2hr  to an hour.It dilates all the blood vessels and arteries in your whole body, that's how your headache comes about.....lol...extra blood flow to the head
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    Hi christina 68845,

    The headache isn't all that bad really, we call it Panadol here, that will get rid of the head ache, it doesn't last that long anyrate. The only thing you have to watch is how fast it can lower your blood pressure..... I have built up a tolerence to the stuff, after 16 - 18 sprays my BP is still 160/90.

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    You have to ask yourself a simple question.

    Whats better a short headache or a long heartattack???

    Its a no brainer isnt it?  Just try it! The headaches really arnt bad believe me.

    Best wishes

    DaveC

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      Hi DaveC16,

      If you're going to have a heart attack it's going to happen regardless of being on GTN or not, it's an angina treatment not a heart attack treatment. But you are right though headache isn't that bad compared to having a heart attack, been there ,experienced that as well.

       

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      Not suppose to use it after a heart attack, not for a few days anyrate, I wasn't listening when the cardiologist was telling me why. All I remember is being given morphine for the pain and some kind of medication to bring the heart back into rythmn, then for 2-3 days clexane injections in the belly, and all I wanted to do is sleep when the event was over.....lol
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      Christina the headache is like a pressure more so than pain it last for the majority of people up to 10 minutes then goes to me it is better to have a headache for a few minutes than to have the angina cause heart damage so use it as soon as you feel the angina come on don't wait for it to be full blown as it will probably stop it getting any worse, I know what I prefer, like samuels I also have spasms from microvessels so we need to use it a lot.

       

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      Hi Linda thanks for answering, I guess I did the stupid thing and googled this angina spray and got scared...im alone most of the time so I was scared to try the spray incase something happens and I can't get help...stupid I know,as my doctor has told me over and over again that this medication is very very safe...I worry about everything, that's just me....I know I'm going to have to use it as there's no way avoiding it....im just scared to the point I'm making myself sick....that's why I put this post up,asking first hand how I will feel once I've pushed that spray into my mouth
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      you need to stay calm spray under tongue close mouth remain sitting. The first time I used it I wasn't scared just wasn't sure if I was using for right reason ie was the symptom the right one for using it but you will soon get used to using it and feel more confident when it is in your pocket wherever you go. I have one by the bed, downstairs and carry one with me always it's a part of getting dressed for me. When you are happy it isn't doing you any harm if needed you can do two sprays at a time. x 
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      Thank you so much for your reply Linda. I stress about new medications. I'm terrified to use this as I've never used it before.so I have nothing to worry about? Being my first time,I'll be ok? I won't freak out once I've sprayed it?
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      its all very rare you have to try it you probably won't get any side effects except the headache which as I said before will only last about 10 at most it really isn't that bad have you got any pain now christina

       

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