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 260 109
Anxious mood 206 101
High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) 170 87
Tremor(s) 68 28
Essential Tremor 50 46
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
Severe 23
Moderate 66
Mild 101
None 234

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Propranolol

Side effect Patients
Dizziness 14
Drowsiness 12
Fatigue 12
Low blood pressure 7
Weight gain 7
Heart rate low (bradycardia) 6

Show all 119 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Propranolol

Dosage Patients
40 mg daily 19
60 mg daily 14
80 mg daily 14
20 mg daily 13
20 mg twice daily 13
10 mg daily 12
40 mg twice daily 11
10mg as needed 7
10 mg twice daily 6
10 mg three times daily 6

See all 33 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Propranolol

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 102
Did not seem to work 82
Side effects too severe 61
Other 46
Course of treatment ended 34
Personal research 14
Expense 4
Change in health plan coverage 1
See all 265 patients who’ve stopped taking Propranolol

Duration

Currently taking Propranolol

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 13
6 months - 1 year 21
1 - 2 years 19
2 - 5 years 56
5 - 10 years 32
10 years or more 20

Stopped taking Propranolol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 35
1 - 6 months 62
6 months - 1 year 43
1 - 2 years 48
2 - 5 years 41
5 - 10 years 23
10 years or more 15
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 322
Usually 63
Sometimes 27
Never taken as prescribed 12
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 10
Somewhat hard to take 19
A little hard to take 53
Not at all hard to take 342
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 3
$50-99 7
$25-49 11
< $25 183
Not specified 220

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Propranolol after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Topiramate (Topamax) 6
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 4
Lisinopril (Zestril) 4
Atenolol (Tenormin) 3
Metoprolol (Metoprolol Tartrate) 3

Show all 27 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Propranolol and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Metoprolol (Metoprolol Tartrate) 9
Clonidine (Catapres TTS patch) 4
Atenolol (Tenormin) 3
Topiramate (Topamax) 3
Verapamil (Verapamil ER) 3

Show all 29 treatments patients report switching to

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31 patient evaluations for Propranolol

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bassoongirl
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bassoongirl
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 28
Condition: Migraine 7 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Moderate
  • Physical: Mild
I am: vb
I have:
Migraine

See bassoongirl's full Propranolol history

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
Nadz37
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Nadz37
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 42
Condition: Antiphospholipid syndrome 16 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: None
  • Physical: Mild
I am: g
I have:
Antiphospholipid syndrome

See Nadz37's full Propranolol history

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
Jerry123
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Jerry123
Gender: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 2
Mania: 1
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 2
Compulsion: 2
External Stress: Severe
53 M
Function: Low
Distress: Moderate
I am: n
I have:
Bipolar I

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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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