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 293 135
Anxious mood 259 125
High blood pressure (hypertension) 202 105
Tremor(s) 78 34
Essential tremor 63 65
Elevated blood pressure 44 21

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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 24
Moderate 80
Mild 116
None 295

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Propranolol

Side effect Patients Percentage
Dizziness 16
Fatigue 15
Drowsiness 12
Heart rate low (bradycardia) 11
Weight gain 9
Low blood pressure 7

Show all 112 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Propranolol

Dosage Patients Percentage
20 mg twice daily 12
10mg as needed 8
10 mg twice daily 7
40 mg twice daily 7
80 mg daily 7
10 mg daily 6
20 mg daily 6
10 mg three times daily 6
40 mg daily 6
20 mg three times daily 5

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Why patients stopped taking Propranolol

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Reason Patients Percentage
Doctor's advice 117
Did not seem to work 109
Side effects too severe 73
Other 52
Course of treatment ended 38
Personal research 17
Expense 8
Change in health plan coverage 4
See all 315 patients who've stopped taking Propranolol

Duration

Currently taking Propranolol

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 7
1 - 2 years 16
2 - 5 years 35
5 - 10 years 27
10 years or more 13

Stopped taking Propranolol

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 44
1 - 6 months 73
6 months - 1 year 46
1 - 2 years 62
2 - 5 years 60
5 - 10 years 25
10 years or more 14
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 385
Usually 81
Sometimes 33
Never taken as prescribed 16
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 12
Somewhat hard to take 24
A little hard to take 62
Not at all hard to take 417
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 4
$50-99 8
$25-49 13
< $25 202
Not specified 288

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Propranolol after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Topiramate (Topamax) 8
Atenolol (Tenormin) 5
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 5
Clonidine (Catapres TTS patch) 5
Alprazolam (Xanax) 4

Show all 30 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Propranolol and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Metoprolol (Metoprolol Tartrate) 11
Atenolol (Tenormin) 6
Clonidine (Catapres TTS patch) 6
Topiramate (Topamax) 5
Metoprolol Succinate ER (Toprol XL) 4

Show all 38 treatments patients report switching to

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32 patient evaluations for Propranolol

Mar 26, 2020 (Started Jan 01, 1998)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for premature ventricular contractions)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 80 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This drug will help slow your heart rate somewhat.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 17, 2013 (Started Jan 01, 1998)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for Other)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 80 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

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
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