nitropaste???

  1. Hey guys, I have to give nitropaste 2% 1" to the leg, tomorrow. I can't find it anywhere, I've looked in 2 drug books.

    Can anyone help me? My teacher said I'll need to know why it's usually not given on the leg...

    is there another name for this? That's what the MAR said word for word, and it always have 2 names for the drug. Can anyone help me find what I'm looking for? I must know everything about this drug tomorrow!
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  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   duckboy20
    look under nitroglycerin paste or NitroBid. That is what it should be under. You can do an online search and find a vast amount of information on it also
  4. by   belladelicious
    Quote from duckboy20
    look under nitroglycerin paste or NitroBid. That is what it should be under. You can do an online search and find a vast amount of information on it also
    thankyou so much
  5. by   FROGGYLEGS
    Hmmm....Never heard of applying it to a leg before.
  6. by   duckboy20
    Probably put on the leg to help out with circulation. It is a venodilator, does the patient have circ problems in the legs?
  7. by   Stitchie
    Yes it dilates everything; it's main S/E's are hypotension, flushing and HA. It is used for chest pain, MI's etc to dilate coronary arteries and improve blood flow.

    If it's used on the legs (where on the legs, exactly?) it's probably being used to improve circulation. If it's used on the lower legs the patient may have occlusive disease that the doc's are trying to treat medically before surgery.

    Nitrobid, nitropaste, nitro SL, nitrospray, nitro 0.4mg etc., it's all the same thing in your drug book because it's all the same drug. Therefore all the interactions and indications are the same as with generic "nitroglycerin".

    PS IV Tubing is always vented, and Nitro IV gets along with nothing.
  8. by   rnstudent4life
    Nitropaste can also be applied to the leg to reduce the side effects of facial flushing and headache...:hatparty:
  9. by   jenrninmi
    I learn so much from all of you! Wow! Some of these things I did not know! Thank you!
  10. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Nitrobid provided the most info for me when i had to do my drugs and Nitropaste was one of them. Sometimes you can just type in "Nitropaste" on Yahoo or something and that'll provide you with information.
    Last edit by Marie_LPN, RN on May 1, '04 : Reason: There's no such thing as nitropasta
  11. by   suzanne4
    Nitropaste applied to the dorsum (top) of the foot helps with restoring circulation there, at least sometimes. I know of many docs that have ordered it as a trial before attempting surgery on a poor surgical risk. And I have seen results from it.

    We also usd to put nitropaste on the thigh when patients would complain of headaches from it when on the chest. Works too!

    Hope that this helps...............
  12. by   TinyNurse
    wow never seen it applied there usually ordered to ACW . but i suppose you could put it there....... I usually have a line in my patient before putting it on. are you in the nursing home doing this? check a bp before. and shortly after application.
  13. by   suzanne4
    Quote from TinyNurse
    wow never seen it applied there usually ordered to ACW . but i suppose you could put it there....... I usually have a line in my patient before putting it on. are you in the nursing home doing this? check a bp before. and shortly after application.
    You will find that every once in a while you may have a patient that gets a severe headache from nitropaste, especially when it is on the chest. Try moving it to the thigh and the headahce will either go away or improve greatly. I have applied NTP to the foot in both the telemetry/step-down unit as well as ICU. This is usually ordered by vascular surgeons for the purpose of trying to dilate the blood vessels there to get some blood flow to the foot.

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