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 254 105
Anxious mood 199 98
High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) 164 80
Tremor(s) 68 28
Essential Tremor 49 45
Tremor in hands 45 31

Show all 159 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 21
Moderate 65
Mild 100
None 225

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 116 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Propranolol

Dosage Patients
40 mg daily 18
80 mg daily 15
60 mg daily 14
40 mg twice daily 12
20 mg daily 11
20 mg twice daily 11
10 mg daily 10
10 mg twice daily 8
120 mg daily 7
10mg as needed 7

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Why patients stopped taking Propranolol

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 101
Did not seem to work 82
Side effects too severe 59
Other 46
Course of treatment ended 35
Personal research 13
Expense 4
Change in health plan coverage 1
See all 261 patients who’ve stopped taking Propranolol

Duration

Currently taking Propranolol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 15
6 months - 1 year 14
1 - 2 years 27
2 - 5 years 49
5 - 10 years 29
10 years or more 19

Stopped taking Propranolol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 33
1 - 6 months 62
6 months - 1 year 42
1 - 2 years 47
2 - 5 years 41
5 - 10 years 23
10 years or more 15
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 311
Usually 61
Sometimes 27
Never taken as prescribed 12
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 8
Somewhat hard to take 17
A little hard to take 52
Not at all hard to take 334
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 3
$50-99 7
$25-49 12
< $25 174
Not specified 215

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Propranolol after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Topiramate (Topamax) 6
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 4
Atenolol (Tenormin) 3
Lisinopril (Zestril) 3
Alprazolam (Xanax) 2

Show all 26 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
Alprazolam (Xanax) 2

Show all 28 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: 27
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: 3
External Stress: Moderate
53 M
Function: Moderate
Distress: Moderate
I am: g
I have:
Bipolar I

See Jerry123's full Propranolol history

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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