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
High blood pressure (hypertension) 452 105
Migraine headaches 346 137
Anxious mood 297 126
Essential tremor 206 69
Graves' disease 102 4
Tremor(s) 93 34

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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 81
Mild 119
None 302

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 10
Low blood pressure 7

Show all 114 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Propranolol

Dosage Patients Percentage
20 mg twice daily 12
80 mg daily 8
10mg as needed 8
40 mg daily 7
40 mg twice daily 7
10 mg three times daily 6
10 mg daily 5
60 mg daily 5
20mg as needed 4
20 mg daily 3

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Why patients stopped taking Propranolol

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Reason Patients Percentage
Doctor's advice 119
Did not seem to work 112
Side effects too severe 74
Other 55
Course of treatment ended 41
Personal research 17
Expense 9
Change in health plan coverage 5
See all 326 patients who've stopped taking Propranolol

Duration

Currently taking Propranolol

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 7
2 - 5 years 24
5 - 10 years 30
10 years or more 18

Stopped taking Propranolol

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 44
1 - 6 months 73
6 months - 1 year 45
1 - 2 years 61
2 - 5 years 60
5 - 10 years 26
10 years or more 14
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 392
Usually 83
Sometimes 35
Never taken as prescribed 16
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 12
Somewhat hard to take 27
A little hard to take 64
Not at all hard to take 423
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 4
$50-99 8
$25-49 13
< $25 209
Not specified 292

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Propranolol after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Topiramate (Topamax) 8
Atenolol (Atenol) 6
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 5
Clonidine (Catapres) 5
Alprazolam (Xanax) 4

Show all 35 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Propranolol and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Metoprolol (Metoprolol Tartrate) 12
Topiramate (Topamax) 12
Atenolol (Atenol) 10
Clonidine (Catapres) 6
Verapamil (Verapamil ER) 5

Show all 54 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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