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 249 101
Anxious mood 192 95
Hypertension 165 78
Tremor(s) 67 28
Essential Tremor 49 42
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 95
None 219

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Propranolol

Side effect Patients
Dizziness 14
Fatigue 12
Drowsiness 10
Low blood pressure 7
Weight gain 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 twice daily 13
10 mg daily 11
20 mg daily 11
40 mg daily 11
60 mg daily 11
120 mg daily 9
10 mg twice daily 7
160 mg daily 7
10 mg three times daily 6

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Why patients stopped taking Propranolol

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 99
Did not seem to work 81
Side effects too severe 55
Other 45
Course of treatment ended 35
Personal research 12
Expense 4
Change in health plan coverage 1
See all 254 patients who’ve stopped taking Propranolol

Duration

Currently taking Propranolol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 9
6 months - 1 year 10
1 - 2 years 31
2 - 5 years 48
5 - 10 years 29
10 years or more 18

Stopped taking Propranolol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 30
1 - 6 months 61
6 months - 1 year 42
1 - 2 years 46
2 - 5 years 41
5 - 10 years 22
10 years or more 14
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 302
Usually 59
Sometimes 25
Never taken as prescribed 11
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 7
Somewhat hard to take 17
A little hard to take 50
Not at all hard to take 323
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 3
$50-99 7
$25-49 10
< $25 172
Not specified 205

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 26 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: 0 stars
  • 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: 2
External Stress: Moderate
53 M
Function: Moderate
Distress: Moderate
I am: b
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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