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 247 99
Anxious mood 189 94
Hypertension 164 76
Tremor(s) 67 27
Essential Tremor 47 40
Tremor in hands 45 30

Show all 155 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 20
Moderate 63
Mild 93
None 213

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Propranolol

Side effect Patients
Dizziness 13
Fatigue 11
Drowsiness 10
Low blood pressure 7
Weight gain 7
Heart rate low (bradycardia) 6

Show all 113 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Propranolol

Dosage Patients
80 mg daily 21
10 mg daily 12
60 mg daily 12
40 mg twice daily 12
40 mg daily 10
120 mg daily 10
20 mg daily 9
10mg as needed 8
160 mg daily 7
20 mg twice daily 6

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Why patients stopped taking Propranolol

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 97
Did not seem to work 80
Side effects too severe 55
Other 45
Course of treatment ended 34
Personal research 12
Expense 4
Change in health plan coverage 1
See all 252 patients who’ve stopped taking Propranolol

Duration

Currently taking Propranolol

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 7
6 months - 1 year 7
1 - 2 years 36
2 - 5 years 39
5 - 10 years 33
10 years or more 20

Stopped taking Propranolol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 30
1 - 6 months 61
6 months - 1 year 40
1 - 2 years 46
2 - 5 years 41
5 - 10 years 22
10 years or more 14
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 296
Usually 57
Sometimes 25
Never taken as prescribed 11
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 7
Somewhat hard to take 16
A little hard to take 49
Not at all hard to take 317
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 3
$50-99 7
$25-49 10
< $25 167
Not specified 202

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Propranolol after stopping:

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

Show all 23 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Propranolol and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Metoprolol (Metoprolol Tartrate) 7
Clonidine (Catapres TTS patch) 4
Atenolol (Tenormin) 3
Topiramate (Topamax) 3
Alprazolam (Xanax) 2

Show all 21 treatments patients report switching to

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31 patient evaluations for Propranolol

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reikihh
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reikihh
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
On
Mouth/throat: mild
Arms: mild
Chest: mild
Legs: mild
I am: g
I have:
Parkinson's

See reikihh's full Propranolol history

Nov 10, 2014 (Started Feb 10, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Tremor(s))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 60 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Oct 14, 2011 (Started Feb 10, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Tremor(s))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 60 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I had experienced heart palpitations (Supra-ventricular Tachycardia) for a long time before taking this medication for essential tremor. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the SVT stopped as soon as I began taking propranolol.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 15, 2010 (Started Feb 10, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Tremor(s))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 60 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: An unexpected side effect is it slows my heart beat & eliminates the SVT I had.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
Nadz37
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Nadz37
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 41
Condition: Antiphospholipid syndrome 16 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: None
  • Physical: Mild
I am: vg
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: 3
Mania: 1
Emotional: 2
Anxiety: 2
Compulsion: 1
External Stress: Moderate
53 M
Function: Moderate
Distress: Moderate
I am: b
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

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