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 280 122
Anxious mood 219 111
High blood pressure (hypertension) 188 97
Tremor(s) 70 30
Essential tremor 53 54
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 110
None 261

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

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Propranolol

Dosage Patients
40 mg daily 19
20 mg daily 18
40 mg twice daily 17
80 mg daily 17
20 mg twice daily 14
60 mg daily 12
10 mg daily 11
10mg as needed 11
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 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 287 patients who've stopped taking Propranolol

Duration

Currently taking Propranolol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 21
6 months - 1 year 16
1 - 2 years 24
2 - 5 years 57
5 - 10 years 39
10 years or more 23

Stopped taking Propranolol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 37
1 - 6 months 68
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 350
Usually 68
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 377
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 3
$50-99 7
$25-49 11
< $25 199
Not specified 243

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) 9
Atenolol (Tenormin) 5
Topiramate (Topamax) 5
Clonidine (Catapres TTS patch) 4
Verapamil (Verapamil ER) 3

Show all 34 treatments patients report switching to

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32 patient evaluations for Propranolol

Sep 23, 2017 (Started Aug 24, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for generalized anxiety disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (dizziness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: This worked well for me as like a disconnection from my anxious brain to my body so that at least the physical side effects of stress were reduced or eliminated. However, if you have low-end blood pressure to begin with than that creates the dizzy spells.

  • 0 helpful marks

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
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