What are the instructions ?
I have been prescribed at different times Imdur and Ranexa to prevent recurrent angina. I take Ranexa twice daily.
If I have a sudden intense chest pain
that may be heart related, I use a spray of my nitroglycerin
lingual medication. If it still hurts 5 minutes later, I spray again. Up to three times. If in 15 minutes the pain is still there, I'm instructed to go to ER or call 911 depending on how severe the pain is.
If this is a daily medication, you are risking a vasospasm
that might bring on a heart attack
by skipping it for a few days. It is slow release, and meant to keep things open 24 hours.
A headache does not carry the risk of heart attack or stroke
. Tolerating a headache is unpleasant. Tolerating the others is risking your life.