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How should patients take their nitroglycerin sublingual tablet?

A Place tablet under the tongue and do not eat, drink, or smoke while the tablet is dissolving.

Unless otherwise specified, most patients will assume that the medications they receive in tablet or capsule form should be swallowed whole. A sublingual tablet, however, should be placed under the tongue or between the cheek and gum and left to dissolve on its own. Sublingual means under-the-tongue. Of note, sublingual tablets should not be chewed first. The concept of chewing, stopping, and parking only applies to nicotine gum.