Pharmaceutical considerations of nitroglycerin

Drug Intell Clin Pharm. 1983 Apr;17(4):255-63. doi: 10.1177/106002808301700403.


During the past few years, there have been rapid changes in the pharmaceutical uses of nitroglycerin. New dosage forms and new delivery systems have become available, which have resulted in potential confusion to all concerned with the proper use of these systems. The goal of this review is to prevent confusion and to bring all the relevant information together. The various analytical techniques available for quality control of the dosage forms and for the study of the pharmacokinetics are reviewed, with the intent of enabling the reader to identify pertinent references rapidly. The interaction of nitroglycerin with packaging and plastic delivery devices is also reviewed so that the reader can make informed choices. Finally, the clinical pharmacy and pharmacokinetics are reviewed so as to bring the reader up to date in that area. After reading this article, the areas of nitroglycerin research that still need to be explored should be apparent.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Administration, Topical
  • Animals
  • Chromatography, High Pressure Liquid
  • Drug Packaging
  • Drug Stability
  • Humans
  • In Vitro Techniques
  • Infusions, Parenteral
  • Kinetics
  • Nitroglycerin / administration & dosage
  • Nitroglycerin / analysis
  • Nitroglycerin / metabolism*
  • Rabbits
  • Rats
  • Tablets


  • Tablets
  • Nitroglycerin