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 267 112
Anxious mood 207 105
high blood pressure (hypertension) 179 93
Tremor(s) 68 29
essential tremor 51 48
Tremor in hands 46 31

Show all 165 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 68
Mild 103
None 245

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

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Propranolol

Dosage Patients
40 mg daily 19
80 mg daily 19
20 mg daily 18
60 mg daily 14
10 mg daily 13
20 mg twice daily 13
40 mg twice daily 13
10mg as needed 9
10 mg three times daily 8
120 mg daily 8

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Why patients stopped taking Propranolol

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 104
Did not seem to work 85
Side effects too severe 64
Other 47
Course of treatment ended 33
Personal research 14
Expense 4
Change in health plan coverage 1
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Duration

Currently taking Propranolol

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 11
6 months - 1 year 22
1 - 2 years 23
2 - 5 years 59
5 - 10 years 36
10 years or more 28

Stopped taking Propranolol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 35
1 - 6 months 64
6 months - 1 year 44
1 - 2 years 48
2 - 5 years 42
5 - 10 years 24
10 years or more 16
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 335
Usually 64
Sometimes 27
Never taken as prescribed 13
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 10
Somewhat hard to take 19
A little hard to take 56
Not at all hard to take 354
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 3
$50-99 7
$25-49 11
< $25 192
Not specified 226

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Propranolol after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Topiramate (Topamax) 6
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 4
Lisinopril (Zestril) 4
Atenolol (Tenormin) 3
Metoprolol (Metoprolol Tartrate) 3

Show all 28 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Propranolol and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Metoprolol (Metoprolol Tartrate) 9
Clonidine (Catapres TTS patch) 4
Atenolol (Tenormin) 3
Topiramate (Topamax) 3
Verapamil (Verapamil ER) 3

Show all 33 treatments patients report switching to

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31 patient evaluations for Propranolol

reikihh
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reikihh
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
On
Mouth/throat: mild
Arms: mild
Chest: mild
Legs: mild
I am: n
I have:
PD

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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
Rejoice
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Rejoice
Data Quality: 3 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 46
Condition: Spinal Stenosis 28 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: None
  • 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: 4
Mania: 1
Emotional: 3
Anxiety: 4
Compulsion: 3
External Stress: Severe
45 M
Function: Low
Distress: High
I am: vb
I have:
bipolar I disorder

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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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