Nitric oxide is a gas that is inhaled. It works by relaxing smooth muscle to widen (dilate) blood vessels, especially in the lungs.

Nitric oxide is used together with a breathing machine (ventilator) to treat respiratory failure in premature babies.

Your baby will receive this medication in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) or similar hospital setting.

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  • INOmax
  • More common
    Blurred vision
    confusion
    dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
    sweating
    unusual tiredness or weakness
    Incidence not known
    Chest discomfort
    difficult or labored breathing
    dizziness
    tightness in the chest
    trouble breathing
    Some nitric oxide side effects may not need any medical attention. As your body gets used to the medicine these side effects may disappear. Your health care professional may be able to help you prevent or reduce these side effects, but do check with them if any of the following side effects continue, or if you are concerned about them:

    Incidence not known
    Dry throat
    headache
  • (inhalation gas)