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 258 108
Anxious mood 204 101
High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) 166 84
Tremor(s) 68 28
Essential Tremor 49 46
Tremor in hands 45 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 66
Mild 101
None 231

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Propranolol

Side effect Patients
Dizziness 14
Drowsiness 12
Fatigue 12
Low blood pressure 7
Weight gain 7
Heart rate low (bradycardia) 6

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Propranolol

Dosage Patients
40 mg daily 18
80 mg daily 14
20 mg daily 13
60 mg daily 13
40 mg twice daily 13
10 mg daily 12
20 mg twice daily 12
10 mg twice daily 8
10mg as needed 7
20 mg three times daily 6

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Why patients stopped taking Propranolol

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 101
Did not seem to work 82
Side effects too severe 61
Other 45
Course of treatment ended 34
Personal research 14
Expense 4
Change in health plan coverage 1
See all 263 patients who’ve stopped taking Propranolol

Duration

Currently taking Propranolol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 16
6 months - 1 year 17
1 - 2 years 23
2 - 5 years 52
5 - 10 years 33
10 years or more 17

Stopped taking Propranolol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 35
1 - 6 months 62
6 months - 1 year 42
1 - 2 years 47
2 - 5 years 41
5 - 10 years 23
10 years or more 15
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 317
Usually 65
Sometimes 27
Never taken as prescribed 12
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 9
Somewhat hard to take 19
A little hard to take 52
Not at all hard to take 341
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 3
$50-99 7
$25-49 13
< $25 178
Not specified 220

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 27 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
Alprazolam (Xanax) 2

Show all 28 treatments patients report switching to

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31 patient evaluations for Propranolol

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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:
Parkinson's

See reikihh's full Propranolol history

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: 45
Condition: Spinal Stenosis 28 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: None
  • Physical: Moderate
I am: b
I have:
Spinal Stenosis

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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: 2 stars
Depression: 3
Mania: 1
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 2
Compulsion: 3
External Stress: Low
45 M
Function: Moderate
Distress: Moderate
I am: n
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 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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