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 270 117
Anxious mood 212 106
high blood pressure (hypertension) 180 93
Tremor(s) 70 29
essential tremor 50 48
Tremor in hands 46 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 68
Mild 103
None 251

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Propranolol

Side effect Patients
Dizziness 14
Fatigue 13
Drowsiness 12
Weight gain 8
Low blood pressure 7
Heart rate low (bradycardia) 6

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Propranolol

Dosage Patients
80 mg daily 20
40 mg daily 19
40 mg twice daily 16
20 mg daily 14
20 mg twice daily 14
10 mg daily 12
60 mg daily 12
10 mg three times daily 9
10mg as needed 9
120 mg daily 8

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Why patients stopped taking Propranolol

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 105
Did not seem to work 86
Side effects too severe 65
Other 47
Course of treatment ended 33
Personal research 14
Expense 4
Change in health plan coverage 1
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Duration

Currently taking Propranolol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 10
1 - 6 months 9
6 months - 1 year 16
1 - 2 years 20
2 - 5 years 64
5 - 10 years 42
10 years or more 26

Stopped taking Propranolol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 36
1 - 6 months 64
6 months - 1 year 44
1 - 2 years 49
2 - 5 years 43
5 - 10 years 24
10 years or more 16
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 338
Usually 64
Sometimes 28
Never taken as prescribed 15
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 10
Somewhat hard to take 19
A little hard to take 56
Not at all hard to take 360
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 3
$50-99 7
$25-49 11
< $25 193
Not specified 231

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Propranolol after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Topiramate (Topamax) 6
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 4
Clonidine (Catapres TTS patch) 4
Lisinopril (Zestril) 4
Metoprolol (Metoprolol Tartrate) 4

Show all 28 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Propranolol and switched to:

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

Show all 33 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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