Frequently asked questions for Propranolol
Q. My doctor has prescribed Propranolol even though my blood pressure is within normal limits. Is it because of the chest pain that I complained of?Yes, it is possible that your doctor prescribed Propranolol for chest pain (angina). Propranolol is a beta-blocker which is used to lower high blood pressure, prevent angina, treat or prevent heart attacks or reduce your risk of heart problems following a heart attack. Propranolol is also used to treat irregularities in heartbeat, including those caused by anxiety, essential tremor (shaking of head, chin and hands). It also prevents migraine headaches, overactive thyroid (thyrotoxicosis and hyperthyroidism) and bleeding in the food pipe caused by high blood pressure.
Q. When can I expect a relief in my symptoms after starting Propranolol for high blood pressure?Propranolol usually starts working within a few hours of taking it. However, it may take up to a week to see the full benefits of the symptoms of high blood pressure or heart conditions. You may not notice any difference, but that does not mean it is not working. However, keep taking this medicine as prescribed by your doctor because you will still be getting its full benefits.
Q. Is Propranolol effective?Propranolol is effective if used in the dose and duration advised by your doctor. Do not stop taking it even if you see improvement in your condition. If you stop using Propranolol too early, the symptoms may return or worsen.
Q. Can Propranolol be used in asthmatics?No, Propranolol cannot be used in asthmatics. This is because using Propranolol in asthma patients can cause breathing problems, which may trigger an asthma attack. Always inform your doctor if you have or ever had asthma or any episodes of difficulty breathing, before starting treatment with Propranolol.
Q. What if I forget to take a dose of Propranolol?If you forget a dose of Propranolol, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the next scheduled dose in the prescribed time. Do not double the dose to make up for the missed one as this may increase the chances of developing side effects.
Q. Can I stop taking Propranolol as my chest pain is under control?No, you should not stop taking Propranolol suddenly because that may worsen your angina or may cause a heart attack. Tell your doctor and if there is a need to stop Propranolol, your doctor will reduce your dose gradually over a period of a few weeks.
Q. Is Propranolol safe?Propranolol is safe if used in the dose and duration advised by your doctor. Take it exactly as directed and do not skip any dose. Follow your doctor's instructions carefully and let your doctor know if any of the side effects bother you.
Q. What if I take an overdose of Propranolol?If you take an overdose of Propranolol you may experience symptoms such as slow heartbeat, trembling, difficulty breathing or dizziness. However, the response of taking too much of Propranolol varies from person to person. It would be best to consult a doctor if you think you have taken more than what you are prescribed.
Q. Does Propranolol relieve anxiety?Yes, Propranolol helps relieve the symptoms of anxiety such as irritability, restlessness, excessive worry, lack of concentration, racing or unwanted thoughts, fatigue, insomnia (lack of sleep), palpitations (irregular heart rate), or trembling. The dose and duration of taking Propranolol will be suggested by your doctor, depending on whether your symptoms are a recurring problem or occur only in stressful conditions. However, Propranolol is usually given for a short-term treatment of anxiety. If you have any doubts, consult your doctor.
Q. What other lifestyle changes should I make while taking Propranolol?Lifestyle changes play a major role in keeping you healthy if you are taking Propranolol. Avoid taking excess salt in your diet and find ways to reduce or manage stress in your life. Practice yoga or meditation or take up a hobby. Ensure that you have a sound sleep every night as this also helps to reduce stress levels and helps to keep your blood pressure normal. Stop smoking and alcohol consumption as this helps in lowering your blood pressure and preventing heart problems. Exercise regularly and take a balanced diet that includes whole grains, fresh fruits, vegetables and fat-free products. Consult your doctor if you need any further guidance to get the maximum benefit of Propranolol and to keep yourself healthy.
Q. I have been on Indomethacin for several months. Will it be a problem if I start taking Propranolol along with it?Yes, Indomethacin may interfere with the working of Propranolol and make it less effective. As a result, your blood pressure may increase. Speak to your doctor who will prescribe you a different medicine to control blood pressure.