What is Propranolol?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Propranolol is a non-selective beta blocker used in the treatment of hypertension, angina, and other heart conditions. It was the first successful beta blocker in medicine.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Migraine headaches 291 130
Anxious mood 251 121
High blood pressure (hypertension) 203 102
Tremor(s) 76 32
Essential tremor 61 60
Tremor in hands 45 31

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 23
Moderate 75
Mild 117
None 288

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Propranolol

Side effect Patients Percentage
Dizziness 15
Drowsiness 14
Fatigue 13
Heart rate low (bradycardia) 9
Weight gain 8
Depressed mood 6

Show all 109 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Propranolol

Dosage Patients Percentage
20 mg twice daily 18
80 mg daily 16
60 mg daily 14
40 mg twice daily 13
20 mg daily 11
10mg as needed 11
10 mg twice daily 9
160 mg daily 9
10 mg daily 8
40 mg daily 8

See all 26 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Propranolol

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Doctor's advice 116
Did not seem to work 106
Side effects too severe 71
Other 52
Course of treatment ended 38
Personal research 16
Expense 7
Change in health plan coverage 4
See all 309 patients who've stopped taking Propranolol

Duration

Currently taking Propranolol

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 8
6 months - 1 year 18
1 - 2 years 22
2 - 5 years 51
5 - 10 years 33
10 years or more 20

Stopped taking Propranolol

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 44
1 - 6 months 70
6 months - 1 year 46
1 - 2 years 59
2 - 5 years 55
5 - 10 years 25
10 years or more 14
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 374
Usually 79
Sometimes 33
Never taken as prescribed 17
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 11
Somewhat hard to take 23
A little hard to take 61
Not at all hard to take 408
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 4
$50-99 7
$25-49 14
< $25 203
Not specified 275

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Propranolol after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Topiramate (Topamax) 7
Atenolol (Tenormin) 5
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 5
Clonidine (Catapres TTS patch) 5
Metoprolol (Metoprolol Tartrate) 5

Show all 29 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Propranolol and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Metoprolol (Metoprolol Tartrate) 10
Atenolol (Tenormin) 6
Clonidine (Catapres TTS patch) 4
Topiramate (Topamax) 4
Lisinopril (Zestril) 3

Show all 37 treatments patients report switching to

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32 patient evaluations for Propranolol

May 15, 2017 (Started Feb 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for angina pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for high blood pressure (hypertension))
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for sinus tachycardia)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for tension headache)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 80 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: worked well. having less cardiac episodes and don't need it 24/7
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 29, 2017 (Started Feb 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for angina pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for high blood pressure (hypertension))
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for sinus tachycardia)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for tension headache)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 80 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: works best when taken regularly and not miss any doses
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Mar 29, 2017 (Started Jan 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for angina pectoris)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for headaches)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for high blood pressure (hypertension))
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for sinus tachycardia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Advice & Tips: have chest pain & sinus tachycardia episodes. Also helps with my chronic headaches. When I tried switching to another med, headaches increased.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 12, 2017 (Started Feb 10, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for tremor(s))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 60 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Still is keeping my heart palpitations under control, too. (SVT)
Cost: < $25 monthly

Nov 10, 2014 (Started Feb 10, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for tremor(s))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 60 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Oct 14, 2011 (Started Feb 10, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for tremor(s))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 60 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I had experienced heart palpitations (Supra-ventricular Tachycardia) for a long time before taking this medication for essential tremor. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the SVT stopped as soon as I began taking propranolol.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 15, 2010 (Started Feb 10, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for tremor(s))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 60 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: An unexpected side effect is it slows my heart beat & eliminates the SVT I had.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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