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 281 122
Anxious mood 223 112
High blood pressure (hypertension) 189 94
Tremor(s) 71 30
Essential tremor 53 54
Tremor in hands 46 31

Show all 153 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 23
Moderate 69
Mild 110
None 263

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Propranolol

Side effect Patients
Dizziness 15
Drowsiness 13
Fatigue 13
Weight gain 8
Low blood pressure 7
Heart rate low (bradycardia) 6

Show all 123 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Propranolol

Dosage Patients
20 mg twice daily 22
80 mg daily 21
20 mg daily 17
40 mg daily 17
40 mg twice daily 16
60 mg daily 15
10 mg daily 14
10mg as needed 10
160 mg daily 9
10 mg twice daily 8

See all 36 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Propranolol

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 109
Did not seem to work 93
Side effects too severe 66
Other 49
Course of treatment ended 35
Personal research 14
Expense 6
Change in health plan coverage 2
See all 286 patients who've stopped taking Propranolol

Duration

Currently taking Propranolol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 30
6 months - 1 year 17
1 - 2 years 27
2 - 5 years 58
5 - 10 years 46
10 years or more 25

Stopped taking Propranolol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 37
1 - 6 months 67
6 months - 1 year 46
1 - 2 years 52
2 - 5 years 47
5 - 10 years 25
10 years or more 16
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 351
Usually 69
Sometimes 30
Never taken as prescribed 15
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 10
Somewhat hard to take 20
A little hard to take 56
Not at all hard to take 379
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 3
$50-99 7
$25-49 11
< $25 199
Not specified 245

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Propranolol after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Topiramate (Topamax) 6
Clonidine (Catapres TTS patch) 5
Metoprolol (Metoprolol Tartrate) 5
Atenolol (Tenormin) 4
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 4

Show all 29 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Propranolol and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Metoprolol (Metoprolol Tartrate) 8
Atenolol (Tenormin) 5
Topiramate (Topamax) 5
Clonidine (Catapres TTS patch) 4
Metoprolol Succinate ER (Toprol XL) 3

Show all 34 treatments patients report switching to

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32 patient evaluations for Propranolol

Jun 8, 2015 (Started Jul 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for panic attack which felt like a heart attack)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jan 10, 2014 (Started Jul 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: It helps for social anxiety as well. Blocking the fright or flight response enables one not to be irrationally fearful of social situations.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

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
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