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 190 95
Hypertension 164 77
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 94
None 215

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 22
10 mg daily 12
20 mg daily 12
40 mg twice daily 11
60 mg daily 10
40 mg daily 9
120 mg daily 9
10mg as needed 8
20 mg twice daily 7
160 mg daily 7

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Why patients stopped taking Propranolol

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 98
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 253 patients who’ve stopped taking Propranolol

Duration

Currently taking Propranolol

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 9
6 months - 1 year 8
1 - 2 years 36
2 - 5 years 38
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 41
1 - 2 years 46
2 - 5 years 41
5 - 10 years 22
10 years or more 14
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 298
Usually 58
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 50
Not at all hard to take 319
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 3
$50-99 7
$25-49 10
< $25 168
Not specified 204

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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Rejoice
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Rejoice
Data Quality: 3 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 45
Condition: Spinal Stenosis 28 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Moderate
I am: b
I have:
Spinal Stenosis

See Rejoice's full Propranolol history

May 14, 2016 (Started Jan 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Migraine headaches)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Migraine)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Elevated blood pressure)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Angina pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Oct 25, 2015 (Started Jan 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Prevent migraine)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Elevated blood pressure)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Angina pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

May 10, 2010 (Started Jan 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Angina pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Migraine headaches)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
Chrismh1
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Chrismh1
Gender: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 3
Mania: 1
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 3
Compulsion: 3
External Stress: Severe
44 M
Function: High
Distress: Moderate
I am: g
I have:
Bipolar I

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Mar 18, 2016 (Started Jan 03, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Migraine headaches)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Hypertension)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Severe (Suicidal thoughts or urges)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
Samnpolly
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Samnpolly
Data Quality: 2 stars
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 42
Condition: TBI
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Mild
I am: vg
I have:
TBI

See Samnpolly's full Propranolol history

Nov 28, 2015 (Started Jul 01, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

Oct 25, 2015 (Started Jul 01, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: Again, take it regularly!
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 26, 2015 (Started Jul 01, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Advice & Tips: just take it regularly
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jun 15, 2015 (Started Jul 01, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Three times daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 11, 2015 (Started Jul 01, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Three times daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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