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 286 128
Anxious mood 240 118
High blood pressure (hypertension) 196 96
Tremor(s) 73 30
Essential tremor 58 54
Tremor in hands 46 31

Show all 150 reasons taken


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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 23
Moderate 73
Mild 110
None 273

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Propranolol

Side effect Patients
Dizziness 15
Drowsiness 14
Fatigue 13
Weight gain 8
Heart rate low (bradycardia) 7
Low blood pressure 7

Show all 124 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Propranolol

Dosage Patients
20 mg twice daily 28
80 mg daily 25
40 mg daily 15
10 mg twice daily 14
40 mg twice daily 14
10mg as needed 13
10 mg daily 12
20 mg daily 11
60 mg daily 11
10 mg three times daily 9

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Why patients stopped taking Propranolol

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 114
Did not seem to work 101
Side effects too severe 69
Other 51
Course of treatment ended 39
Personal research 13
Expense 6
Change in health plan coverage 2
See all 302 patients who've stopped taking Propranolol

Duration

Currently taking Propranolol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 13
6 months - 1 year 35
1 - 2 years 31
2 - 5 years 63
5 - 10 years 41
10 years or more 28

Stopped taking Propranolol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 44
1 - 6 months 65
6 months - 1 year 49
1 - 2 years 55
2 - 5 years 51
5 - 10 years 27
10 years or more 15
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 363
Usually 72
Sometimes 30
Never taken as prescribed 14
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 10
Somewhat hard to take 21
A little hard to take 58
Not at all hard to take 390
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 3
$50-99 7
$25-49 14
< $25 202
Not specified 253

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Propranolol after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Topiramate (Topamax) 6
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
Metoprolol (Metoprolol Tartrate) 9
Atenolol (Tenormin) 5
Clonidine (Catapres TTS patch) 4
Topiramate (Topamax) 4
Metoprolol Succinate ER (Toprol XL) 3

Show all 35 treatments patients report switching to

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31 patient evaluations for Propranolol

Apr 15, 2015 (Started Mar 15, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for migraine headaches)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for generalized anxiety disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (heart palpitations)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 60 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jun 2, 2014 (Started May 09, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for elevated blood pressure)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for migraine headaches)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for generalized anxiety disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (nightmares)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: It does sometimes help with the migraines

  • 0 helpful marks

Mar 3, 2014 (Started Mar 07, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (acid reflux)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 30 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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