Compare Propranolol vs. Detrol

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Inderal (Propranolol)

Prescription only

Detrol (tolterodine)

Prescription only
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.

3.9/ 5 average rating with 61 reviewsforPropranolol
Treats overactive bladder.

Detrol (tolterodine) is a good treatment for overactive bladder after exercises and other methods to control it haven't worked.

Upsides
  • 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.
  • Detrol (tolterodine) is effective at treating overactive bladder by lowering the urge to urinate, and controlling urination.
  • The tablet is available as a generic in both extended and immediate release, so you can take it once or twice a day.
Downsides
  • 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.
  • Detrol (tolterodine) can cause drowsiness, dizziness and can increase your risk for falls.
  • Detrol (tolterodine) can cause severe dry mouth and eyes and constipation.
  • Generally not recommended if you are 65 or older.
  • Do not use if you have uncontrolled narrow-angle glaucoma.
Used for
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Liquid
  • Pill
  • Extended release
Price
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Reviews
61 reviews so far
66%
saidit'sworth it
62%
saiditworked well
15%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
3possible side effects
  • Dizziness
    7%
  • Fatigue
    5%
  • Constipation
    3%
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10possible side effects
  • Dry mouth
    23%
  • Headache
    6%
  • Constipation
    6%
  • Stomach pain
    4%
  • Indigestion
    3%
  • Dry eyes
    3%
  • Sleepiness
    3%
  • Tiredness
    2%
  • Dizziness
    2%
  • Flu-like symptoms
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Increased chest pain or risk of heart attack
    • Suddenly stopping Inderal (Propranolol)
  • Heart failure
  • Increased risks during surgery
    • Major surgery requiring anesthesia
  • Masked symptoms of low blood sugar
    • Diabetes
  • Masked symptoms of overactive thyroid
  • Low blood pressure
    • Concurrent use of non-dihydropyridine calcium channel blockers, digoxin or clonidine
  • Serious skin reactions
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  • Face, lips, neck or throat swelling
  • Dizziness and drowsiness
    • Taking with alcohol
    • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
    • People age 65 or older
  • Vision changes
    • Glaucoma
  • Trouble urinating & stomach problems
    • History of bladder problems
    • History of stomach or intestine problems
  • Heartbeat problems
    • History of heartbeat problems
    • Taking medicines to conrol heartbeat
  • Liver and Kidney problems
    • History of liver problems
    • History of Kidney problems
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