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A patient has been diagnosed with angina and will be given a prescription for sublingual nitroglycerin tablets. When teaching the patient how to use sublingual nitroglycerin, the nurse will include which instruction?


▸ Take up to 5 doses at 15-minute intervals for an angina attack.

▸ If the tablet does not dissolve quickly, chew the tablet for maximal effect.

▸ If the chest pain is not relieved after one tablet, call 911 immediately.

▸ Wait 1 minute between doses of sublingual tablets, up to 3 doses.
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If the chest pain is not relieved after one tablet, call 911 immediately.

According to current guidelines, if the chest pain or discomfort is not relieved in 5 minutes, after 1 dose, the patient (or family member) must call 911 immediately. The patient may take one more tablet while awaiting emergency care and may take a third tablet 5 minutes later, but no more than a total of three tablets. The sublingual dose is placed under the tongue, and the patient needs to avoid swallowing until the tablet has dissolved.
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