What is Propranolol?

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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.

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Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Migraine headaches 289 130
Anxious mood 241 117
High blood pressure (hypertension) 200 100
Tremor(s) 76 32
Essential tremor 62 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 115
None 286

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

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Propranolol

Dosage Patients Percentage
20 mg twice daily 21
80 mg daily 19
60 mg daily 16
40 mg twice daily 13
20 mg daily 10
10 mg daily 9
10mg as needed 9
10 mg twice daily 8
40 mg daily 8
120 mg daily 8

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Why patients stopped taking Propranolol

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Reason Patients Percentage
Doctor's advice 116
Did not seem to work 105
Side effects too severe 71
Other 51
Course of treatment ended 38
Personal research 16
Expense 7
Change in health plan coverage 3
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Duration

Currently taking Propranolol

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 12
6 months - 1 year 12
1 - 2 years 23
2 - 5 years 60
5 - 10 years 37
10 years or more 23

Stopped taking Propranolol

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 44
1 - 6 months 70
6 months - 1 year 47
1 - 2 years 59
2 - 5 years 54
5 - 10 years 25
10 years or more 14
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 373
Usually 77
Sometimes 32
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 404
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 4
$50-99 7
$25-49 14
< $25 202
Not specified 272

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
Alprazolam (Xanax) 4

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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

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30 patient evaluations for Propranolol

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

May 14, 2016 (Started Jan 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for angina pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for elevated blood pressure)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for migraine)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for migraine headaches)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Oct 25, 2015 (Started Jan 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for angina pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for elevated blood pressure)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Prevent migraine)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

May 10, 2010 (Started Jan 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for angina pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for migraine headaches)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Mar 18, 2016 (Started Jan 03, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for anxious mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for high blood pressure (hypertension))
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for migraine headaches)
  • Side effects
    Severe (suicidal thoughts or urges)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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