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 285 128
Anxious mood 240 119
High blood pressure (hypertension) 197 97
Tremor(s) 73 30
Essential tremor 58 54
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 72
Mild 111
None 276

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Propranolol

Side effect Patients
Dizziness 15
Drowsiness 14
Fatigue 12
Weight gain 8
Heart rate low (bradycardia) 7
Depressed mood 6

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Propranolol

Dosage Patients
20 mg twice daily 26
80 mg daily 23
40 mg daily 18
40 mg twice daily 17
60 mg daily 15
120 mg daily 13
10 mg daily 11
10 mg twice daily 11
20 mg daily 9
10mg as needed 9

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Why patients stopped taking Propranolol

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 114
Did not seem to work 102
Side effects too severe 70
Other 50
Course of treatment ended 39
Personal research 14
Expense 6
Change in health plan coverage 2
See all 303 patients who've stopped taking Propranolol

Duration

Currently taking Propranolol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 10
6 months - 1 year 18
1 - 2 years 30
2 - 5 years 62
5 - 10 years 43
10 years or more 33

Stopped taking Propranolol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 44
1 - 6 months 66
6 months - 1 year 49
1 - 2 years 56
2 - 5 years 51
5 - 10 years 26
10 years or more 15
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 363
Usually 72
Sometimes 31
Never taken as prescribed 16
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 10
Somewhat hard to take 21
A little hard to take 58
Not at all hard to take 393
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 3
$50-99 7
$25-49 14
< $25 201
Not specified 257

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Propranolol after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Topiramate (Topamax) 6
Atenolol (Tenormin) 5
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 5
Clonidine (Catapres TTS patch) 5
Alprazolam (Xanax) 4

Show all 30 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Propranolol and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Metoprolol (Metoprolol Tartrate) 10
Atenolol (Tenormin) 6
Clonidine (Catapres TTS patch) 4
Topiramate (Topamax) 4
Metoprolol Succinate ER (Toprol XL) 3

Show all 34 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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