Nitric Oxide

March 21, 2017

Nitric Oxide inhalation gas

What is nitric oxide inhalation gas?

NITRIC OXIDE (INOmax™) is a drug that relaxes blood vessels in the lungs. It decreases blood pressure in the lungs and helps them to work better. Generic nitric oxide inhalation gas is not available.

What should my health care professional know before I receive nitric oxide?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • bleeding problems

  • heart defect

  • heart failure

  • low platelet counts

  • lung infection or chronic lung disease

  • methemoglobin reductase deficiency

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to nitric oxide, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Nitric oxide is breathed in while you are on a breathing machine. It is given by a trained health care professional in a hospital setting.

What if I miss a dose?

This does not apply.

What drug(s) may interact with nitric oxide?

  • monoamine oxidase inhibitors (Azilect®, Eldepryl®, Emsam®, Marplan®, Nardil®, Parnate®, Zelapar™)

  • nitroglycerin

  • nitroprusside

Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines that you are taking, including non-prescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.

What should I watch for while taking nitric oxide?

Your condition will be closely monitored while you receive nitric oxide.

What side effects may I notice from receiving nitric oxide?

Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • blood in the urine

  • high blood sugar

  • increased difficulty breathing

  • infection

  • low blood pressure

  • skin infection

Where can I keep my medicine?

This does not apply. Inhaled nitric oxide is only given in a hospital setting.


March 21, 2017


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