Nitropress

Last updated on RxList: 03/17/2022
Nitropress Patient Information Including Side Effects

Brand Names: Nipride RTU, Nitropress

Generic Name: nitroprusside

What is nitroprusside (Nipride RTU, Nitropress)?

Nitroprusside is a vasodilator that is used to treat congestive heart failure and life-threatening high blood pressure (hypertensive crisis).

Nitroprusside is also used to control blood pressure during a surgery.

Nitroprusside may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of nitroprusside (Nipride RTU, Nitropress)?

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Tell your caregivers right away if you have:

  • a light-headed feeling, even while lying down;
  • chest pain, severe shortness or breath;
  • pounding heartbeats, sweating;
  • a restless or uneasy feeling, or if you feel very weak or tired;
  • stomach pain, nausea, vomiting;
  • headache, confusion, ringing in your ears;
  • muscle pain or twitching, problems with muscle movement;
  • a numb or cold feeling in your arms and legs; or
  • blue colored lips, fingers, or toes.

Common side effects may include:

  • flushing (sudden warmth, redness, or tingly feeling); or
  • bruising or irritation around the IV needle.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about nitroprusside (Nipride RTU, Nitropress)?

Nitroprusside is given by a healthcare provider. Your vital signs will be watched closely while you are receiving this medicine.

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Nitropress Patient Information including How Should I Take

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before receiving nitroprusside (Nipride RTU, Nitropress)?

You should not be treated with nitroprusside if you are allergic to it, or if you have:

If possible during an emergency, tell your caregivers if you've ever had:

If possible during an emergency, tell your caregivers if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

How is nitroprusside given (Nipride RTU, Nitropress)?

Nitroprusside is injected into a vein through an infusion pump. A healthcare provider will give you this injection in a medical setting.

For hypertensive crisis, nitroprusside is usually given only until you are able to take a longer-acting medicine to lower your blood pressure.

Your breathing, blood pressure, oxygen levels, and other vital signs will be watched closely.

Your blood will also be tested to make sure nitroprusside is not causing harmful effects.

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Nitropress Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose

What happens if I miss a dose (Nipride RTU, Nitropress)?

In a medical setting you are not likely to miss a dose.

What happens if I overdose (Nipride RTU, Nitropress)?

Overdose may cause confusion, weakness, severe dizziness, seizure, or fainting. In a medical setting an overdose would be treated quickly.

What should I avoid after receiving nitroprusside (Nipride RTU, Nitropress)?

Follow your doctor's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity.

What other drugs will affect nitroprusside (Nipride RTU, Nitropress)?

Tell your doctor if you take any type of blood pressure medication.

Other drugs may affect nitroprusside, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use.

Where can I get more information (Nipride RTU, Nitropress)?

Your doctor or pharmacist can provide more information about nitroprusside.


Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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