Amyl nitrite is an antianginal, an antidote to cyanide poisoning, and is used as a cardiac diagnostic aid. It is inhaled, and is usually used to relieve the pain of angina attacks. It works by relaxing blood vessels and increasing the supply of blood and oxygen to the heart while reducing its workload.
Be sure to tell your doctor of any allergies you have whether it is to medication or food, preservatives, or dyes. Tell your doctor immediately if you are, or become pregnant, or are breastfeeding, as it is not recommended that you take Amyl Nitrite while you are pregnant. Also, tell your doctor of any other medications you are taking, including vitamins and supplements, and any medical conditions you may have.
Avoid alcohol when taking this medicine.
It is very important that you take this medicine exactly as your doctor tells you to. Do not take more or less medicine than directed, and never stop taking it without discussing it with your doctor first.
If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember, unless it is almost time for your next dose. Do NOT double doses.
Talk with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur: skin rash; or unusual tiredness or weakness.
Amyl nitrite is a rapidly acting vasodilator administered by inhalation. 0.35ml is supplied in a covered thin glass capsule which is easily crushed between the fingers. Amyl nitrite is a clear, yellowish liquid having a peculiar ethereal, fruity odor. It is volatile, even at low temperatures, and is flammable. This product is stabilized with Epoxol 9-5, 2 % w/v.
The molecular formula of amyl nitrite is: (CH3)2CHCH2CH2ONO: