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Sodium Nitrite

Sodium nitrite is a custom pharmacy drug, a highly soluble inorganic compound and is a precursor to many organic compounds. Sodium nitrite has an assortment of uses in industry such as for coloring (dyes), meat curing, preserving, and as a reagent in select chemistry applications. One of its common uses in medicine is for the treatment of cyanide poisoning. Additionally, it may be potentially beneficial in some patients for the treatment of brain aneurysms, sickle cell anemia, pulmonary hypertension, heart attacks, and potentially life-threatening pseudomonas aeruginosa infections brought on by bacteria. Sodium nitrite is a powerful vasodilator that helps the smooth muscles of arterial walls to begin to relax.


Your doctor may recommend sodium nitrite as an intravenous solution or other. Talk to your doctor and he or she will decide what is best for you and your condition. Consult with your compounding pharmacist if you have further questions.


Many drugs, medications, and supplements cause unwanted side effects that often differ from person to person depending on their individual body chemistry. It is possible that anyone taking sodium nitrite may experience side effects. It is also possible that no side effects will be experienced. It is best to be prepared for potential side effects so talk to your doctor and get a full explanation of potential side effects. Knowledge is important when you are taking any drug, medication, or supplement. Always remember that it is important to see your doctor if you experience any side effect that seems to be getting worse or hanging around/lingering. Some of the more commonly seen side effects seen with sodium nitrite are:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Flushing
  • Bad Taste in Mouth
  • Upset Stomach

Severe Side Effects:

The potential for serious and severe side effects is always there when any new drug or medication is introduced into the body; as such, sodium nitrite may possibly bring on severe side effects in some users. Talk to your doctor and be aware of the signs to watch for. If you experience anything that feels severe, or anything listed below, get medical attention immediately.

Partial List of Potentially Severe Side Effects Resulting from Sodium Nitrite Vial:

  • Coma
  • Methemoglobinemia
  • Seizures
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred Vision
  • Accelerated Heartbeat
  • Abnormal Heart Rhythm
  • Heart Throbbing
  • Heart Pounding
  • Abnormally Low Blood Pressure
  • Feeling Faint
  • Head Pain

NOTE: Any side effect can be potentially dangerous. Ask your doctor to explain all possible side effects and know how to respond if you experience any.

Partial List of Less Commonly Experienced Potentially Severe Side Effects Resulting from Sodium Nitrite Vial:

  • Feeling Anxious
  • Low Energy
  • Excessive Sweating
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Feeling Weak
  • Hives
  • Numbness and Tingling
  • Rapid Breathing
  • Symptoms at Site of Injection
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Intense Abdominal Pain

NOTE: Consult with your doctor for a complete overview of all potential side effects.

WARNING: Some side effects may be listed as common and also listed as severe, so for this reason, it is best to seek medical treatment right away.


Anyone considering sodium nitrite for their condition should first consult with their medical doctor and have a comprehensive medical screening. Only your doctor can decide is sodium nitrite will be safe, or effective, for your treatment.

Sodium nitrite is contraindicated for anyone with any of the following:

  • Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase (G6PD) Deficient Red Cells
  • Fire Victims Where Concomitant Exposure of HCN and Carbon Monoxide Occurred

Sodium nitrite is contraindicated for pregnancy in most cases. If you are pregnant do not take sodium nitrite unless you have met with your doctor and discussed the risks, and he or she has decided that the use of it is absolutely necessary.

Do not take sodium nitrite if you are breastfeeding unless you have met with your doctor and he or she has cleared you for its use.

NOTE: Sodium nitrite may be contraindicated for many other conditions or situations, drug interactions, etc. Talk to your doctor.

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    Clair C. | West Hollywood, CA