Compare Labetalol vs. Propranolol

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Trandate
(labetalol)

Inderal
(propranolol)

Coming soon.Lowers blood pressure and controls heart rate. Inderal (Propranolol) is good for treating many heart problems and other problems in the body, but it has more side effects than other beta blockers. You can't miss doses.
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Have you used Trandate (labetalol)?
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Reviews for Propranolol
66%
+1% better vs. Labetalol
62%
-29% worse vs. Labetalol
15%
+15% better vs. Labetalol
Have you used Inderal (propranolol)?
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Side effects
LabetalolPropranolol

We haven’t found good data for Labetalol side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Labetalol »
  • Dizziness 5%
  • Fatigue 2%
  • Constipation 3%
More Propranolol side effects »
How it works
LabetalolPropranolol
Coming soon.Inderal (Propranolol) is an alpha and beta blocker. It lowers blood pressure by slowing heart rate, relaxing blood vessels, and lowering the body's fight-or-flight response.
Type of medication
LabetalolPropranolol
Prescription only
Available as
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  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Liquid
Used for
LabetalolPropranolol
  • Hypertension
Risk factors for serious side effects
LabetalolPropranolol
    Coming soon.
    • Suddenly stopping Inderal (Propranolol)
    • Major surgery requiring anesthesia
    • Diabetes
    • Concurrent use of non-dihydropyridine calcium channel blockers, digoxin or clonidine
    Detailed Inderal (propranolol) risks & warnings »
    Pregnancy

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    Upsides and benefits
    LabetalolPropranolol
    Coming soon
    • A first-choice treatment to prevent chest pain (angina).
    • A first-choice treatment for heart failure, heart attack, heart valve disorders, and abnormal heart rhythm.
    • Also treats and prevents many non-heart problems, such as tremors, anxiety, migraines, and liver disease symptoms.
    Downsides and risks
    LabetalolPropranolol
    Coming soon
    • Taking a beta blocker might make you feel more tired or out of breath during exercise or normal daily routines. This gets better for most people, but for some might not go away.
    • Has more side effects than some beta blockers because it crosses into the brain and central nervous system.
    • Not a first-choice treatment for high blood pressure according to the latest guidelines, except if you have heart failure or heart disease. As a second choice, your doctor might add it to medicines you're already taking if your blood pressure is still too high.
    • Can hide symptoms of low blood sugar if you're diabetic.
    • You can't miss doses. Stopping Propranolol suddenly can cause your blood pressure to go up suddenly, which raises the risk of heart attack and stroke.
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    LabetalolPropranolol
    Coming soon
    • Can cause dizziness in the first few days.
    • Check your blood pressure 1 week after starting this medicine, and tell your doctor if it hasn't improved.
    • Can cause insomnia and fatigue.
    • Can hide symptoms of low blood sugar. Be careful if you're diabetic.
    • Don't stop taking this medicine suddenly.
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