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    Propranolol

    Information about Propranolol

    Propranolol uses

    How propranolol works

    Propranolol is a beta blocker which lowers blood pressure. It works by slowing heart rate and relaxing blood vessels to improve blood flow to organs.

    Common side effects of propranolol

    Slow heart rate, Nightmare, Tiredness, Cold extremities, Weakness, Irregular heart beat
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    Dr. Betina Chandolia
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    Dr. Ashish Ranjan
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    Last updated on:
    20 May 2019 | 11:09 AM (IST)
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    Expert advice for Propranolol

    • It is not the first-choice treatment for high blood pressure according to the latest guidelines.
    • It may cover up the symptoms of low blood sugar if you have diabetes. Monitor blood sugar levels regularly.
    • To lower the chance of feeling dizzy or passing out, rise slowly if you have been sitting or lying down.
    • Use caution while driving or doing anything that requires concentration as Propranolol can cause dizziness and sleepiness.
    • Inform your doctor if you notice increased swelling around your legs or ankles, sudden weight gain or sudden shortness of breath as these may be symptoms of heart failure.
    • Do not stop taking the medication suddenly without talking to your doctor.

    Frequently asked questions for Propranolol

    Propranolol

    Q. What is Propranolol used for?

    Propranolol is used in the treatment of angina (chest pain), arrhythmias (abnormal heartbeat), heart attack, increased blood pressure, anxiety, and migraine.

    Q. Is Propranolol over the counter product?

    Propranolol is a prescription medicine and should only be taken for the proper indication in the appropriate dose, frequency, and duration as advised by a doctor.

    Q. Is Propranolol a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAO) inhibitor?

    Propranolol is not a MAO inhibitor. It belongs to a class of drugs known as beta blockers.

    Q. Is Propranolol safe to use?

    Clinical studies have shown that Propranolol is tolerated well even in long-term use and is safe. However, the drug is not devoid of side effects and should only be taken as per the doctor’s advice.

    Q. Is it safe to take Propranolol with Betahistine?

    Propranolol and Betahistine can be taken together. Betahistine is given in patients with a migraine for the relief of vertigo and Propranolol is indicated for preventing the attacks of a migraine. No harmful side effects or any other clinical interactions have been seen when the two drugs are used together.

    Q. Is Propranolol a blood thinner?

    Propranolol is not a blood thinner. It is a nonselective beta-adrenergic receptor blocker.

    Q. Is Propranolol a narcotic substance?

    Propranolol is not a narcotic substance. It is a beta-blocker used in the treatment of diseases like hypertension and angina.

    Q. Is Propranolol ototoxic?

    Propranolol is not associated with ototoxicity (harmful to the ear). However, if you experience any such problem while using the drug, talk to your doctor.

    Q. Is Propranolol a statin?

    No, Propranolol is not a statin. It is a nonselective beta-adrenergic receptor blocker.

    Q. Is Propranolol used to treat anxiety?

    Propranolol is indicated for the treatment of anxiety. However, consult your doctor for the right treatment of anxiety.

    Q. Can I take Propranolol for headaches?

    Propranolol is not used for the treatment of a headache. It is used to prevent an attack of a migraine headache. However, it is not known to stop the migraine headaches once started. Consult your doctor for the proper treatment of your headache.

    Q. Can I take Propranolol for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?

    Propranolol is not indicated in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Consult your doctor for the right treatment IBS.

    Q. For how long can I take Propranolol?

    Propranolol is a prescription drug and should only be taken in the dose, frequency, and duration as advised by the doctor. However, clinical studies have shown that Propranolol is tolerated well in long-term use and is generally safe.

    Q. Can you take Propranolol for depression?

    Propranolol is not indicated for the treatment of depression. Please consult your doctor for the right treatment of depression.

    Q. Can I take Propranolol for a migraine headache?

    Propranolol can be used as a to prevent an attack for migraine headaches. However, it is not known to stop the migraine headaches once started. Consult your doctor for the appropriate the appropriate therapy.

    Q. Can I take Propranolol with alprazolam?

    Propranolol is not known to have any clinically meaningful interaction with alprazolam. However, interactions can occur. Please consult your doctor before taking both the drugs together.

    Q. Can I take Propranolol with lorazepam?

    Propranolol is not known to have any clinically meaningful interaction with lorazepam. However, interactions can occur. Please consult your doctor before taking both the drugs together.

    Q. Can I take Propranolol without food?

    Propranolol can be taken without food. However, taking the drug with food, especially high-protein food enhances the bioavailability (amount of drug which reaches the blood) of the drug.

    Q. Can I take Propranolol with aspirin?

    Aspirin, especially if taken in high doses, may reduce the blood pressure lowering (antihypertensive) effect of Propranolol. Talk to your doctor before taking the two medicines together.

    Q. Can I take Propranolol with gabapentin?

    Propranolol is not known to have any interactions with gabapentin. However, interactions can occur. Talk to your doctor before taking both the medicines together.

    Q. Can I take Propranolol with amoxicillin?

    Propranolol is not known to have any interaction with amoxicillin. However, interactions can occur. Talk to your doctor before taking both the medicines together.

    Q. Can I take Propranolol with prednisone?

    Anti-hypertensive (blood pressure lowering) effect of Propranolol may decrease if taken with prednisone as prednisone can cause sodium and water retention. Talk to your doctor before taking both the medicines together.

    Q. Does Propranolol cause diabetes?

    Propranolol is not known to cause diabetes. However, it can interfere with insulin secretion and it can also block the sympathetic response (signs and symptoms experienced by the patient) to hypoglycemia. Talk to your doctor in case you are prescribed Propranolol and you have diabetes.

    Q. Does Propranolol work?

    Propranolol is a nonselective beta-adrenergic receptor blocker which is used in the treatment of a variety of diseases like hypertension, angina, migraine, heart attack, tremors etc. It is a prescription drug which should only be used as per the doctor’s advice.

    Q. Does Propranolol make you sleepy?

    Propranolol is not known to make you sleepy. It can, however, cause loss of sleep and dizziness rarely. Consult your doctor if you experience any such symptom.

    Q. Does Propranolol expire?

    Propranolol. like any other drug, has an expiry date and should not be used beyond that period. The shelf life of Propranolol is three years.

    Q. Does Propranolol cause depression?

    Depression is a rare side effect of Propranolol. If you experience any form of depression or associated symptoms while using the drug, consult your doctor.

    Q. Does Propranolol cause erectile dysfunction?

    Propranolol use has been associated with erectile dysfunction (also known as impotence). Consult your doctor if you experience any such problem while using the drug.

    Q. Does Propranolol cause diarrhea?

    Diarrhea is a rare side effect of Propranolol. Consult your doctor if you experience such problem while using the drug.

    Q. Does Propranolol affect sleep?

    Use of Propranolol has been associated with sleep disturbances, especially insomnia (inability to fall asleep). Consult your doctor if you experience any sleep disturbance after taking Propranolol.

    Q. Can the use of Propranolol increase the blood sugar levels?

    Propranolol can interfere with insulin secretion and can also block the sympathetic response (signs and symptoms experienced by the patient) to hypoglycemia. However, it is not known to significantly affect blood sugar values.

    Content on this page was last updated on 20 May, 2019, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)