What medications are there for angina?
There are a few different options for treating angina. Some of them, such as GTN (glyceryl trinitrate) will treat attacks rapidly when you take them at the first signs of an attack. GTN can come in the form of a spray, tablet, patch or ointment, and it’s used to prevent chest pain.
There are daily treatments that will help with long term symptom relief too, such as beta blockers and calcium channel blockers, as well as treatments which aim to reduce the risk of long-term complications from angina, like antiplatelets, nitrates and statins.
Is there a ‘best’ treatment for angina?
Your angina treatment will depend on both your symptoms and your personal needs, and these will vary from person to person.
You may find that treating your angina attacks with rest and glyceryl trinitrate will be sufficient, but you might need regular treatments with other medications too.
Diet and lifestyle changes are often recommended, especially if you smoke, drink heavily or have a poor diet. Our clinician can discuss your treatment options with you, and help to find the right medication for you.
Does angina always need treatment?
Angina will always need proper diagnosis and treatment as it can lead to serious long-term complications.
Alongside regular angina medication, it’s also important to look at what lifestyle changes you can make. Stopping smoking, reducing your alcohol consumption and following an eating plan which is lower in cholesterol will all help lower your blood pressure. Even simple changes such as reducing the amount of fat and salt you consume in your daily diet can make a huge difference.