Taking sustained-release tablets of ISDN with a high-fat meal might increase the absorption of the drug.1 Individuals who switch from a high-fat diet to a low-fat diet might require a change in the amount of ISDN taken daily. Therefore, people taking ISDN should talk with their healthcare practitioner before starting a low-fat diet.
The beneficial effects of ISDN are reduced following long-term treatment with the drug through a process known as tolerance. Controlled studies have shown that using intravenous and oral N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) reverses or prevents tolerance to nitrates.3 , 4 Another controlled study revealed that intravenous NAC enhanced the beneficial effects of ISDN on heart function.5 Therefore, people taking isosorbide dinitrate might benefit from supplemental NAC.
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2. Sata H, Inoue K, Nii T, Juroda T. Influence of diet on the single-dose pharmacokinetics of isosorbide 5-mononitrate and sustained-release isosorbide dinitrate. Biol Pharm Bull 1997;20:1111–5.
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