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 274 118
Anxious mood 212 106
High blood pressure (hypertension) 182 95
Tremor(s) 70 30
Essential tremor 51 49
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 69
Mild 106
None 252

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

Show all 121 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Propranolol

Dosage Patients
80 mg daily 21
40 mg daily 19
40 mg twice daily 18
20 mg daily 16
20 mg twice daily 14
10 mg daily 12
60 mg daily 11
10mg as needed 9
10 mg three times daily 8
120 mg daily 7

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Why patients stopped taking Propranolol

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 106
Did not seem to work 88
Side effects too severe 65
Other 48
Course of treatment ended 33
Personal research 14
Expense 4
Change in health plan coverage 1
See all 276 patients who've stopped taking Propranolol

Duration

Currently taking Propranolol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 17
6 months - 1 year 17
1 - 2 years 19
2 - 5 years 64
5 - 10 years 42
10 years or more 27

Stopped taking Propranolol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 36
1 - 6 months 65
6 months - 1 year 45
1 - 2 years 50
2 - 5 years 43
5 - 10 years 24
10 years or more 16
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 341
Usually 66
Sometimes 28
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 364
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 3
$50-99 7
$25-49 11
< $25 194
Not specified 235

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

Jan 12, 2017 (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: Still is keeping my heart palpitations under control, too. (SVT)
Cost: < $25 monthly

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

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

Mar 18, 2016 (Started Jan 03, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Migraine headaches)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for high blood pressure (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
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