Compare Propranolol vs. Myrbetriq

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

Inderal
(propranolol)

Myrbetriq
(mirabegron)

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.Treats overactive bladder. Myrbetriq (mirabegron) is a good treatment for overactive bladder with the least chance for dry mouth and constipation, but talk to your doctor if you have high blood pressure.
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5.39Propranolol
Reviews for Propranolol
66%
of people (All ages) say Propranolol is worth it
62%
say it works well
15%
say it's a big hassle
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Side effects
PropranololMyrbetriq
  • Dizziness 5%
  • Fatigue 2%
  • Constipation 3%
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  • High blood pressure 3%
  • Common cold symptoms 1%
  • Urinary tract infection 2%
  • Constipation 1%
  • Joint pain 1%
  • Rapid heart beat 1%
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How it works
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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.Myrbetriq (mirabegron) is a beta-3 receptor agonist. It activates the receptor in your bladder, causing the bladder muscles to relax. This allows you to hold more urine and go to the bathroom less often.
Type of medication
PropranololMyrbetriq
Prescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
PropranololMyrbetriq
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Liquid
  • Extended release
Used for
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Risk factors for serious side effects
PropranololMyrbetriq
  • Suddenly stopping Inderal (Propranolol)
  • Major surgery requiring anesthesia
  • Diabetes
  • Concurrent use of non-dihydropyridine calcium channel blockers, digoxin or clonidine
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  • Untreated high blood pressure
  • Bladder outlet obstruction
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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.

Food
PropranololMyrbetriq
No food related info.
  • You can take Myrbetriq (mirabegron) with or without food. If it upsets your stomach, take it with food.
Kidneys and liver
PropranololMyrbetriq
No kidneys and liver related info.
  • Not recommended if you have severe liver or kidney disease.
Sleep
PropranololMyrbetriq
No sleep related info.
  • Myrbetriq (mirabegron) causes less drowsiness and constipation than other medicines for overactive bladder.
Upsides and benefits
PropranololMyrbetriq
  • 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.
  • Myrbetriq (mirabegron) helps you to have better control over your urination.
  • Myrbetriq (mirabegron) causes less drowsiness and constipation than other medicines for overactive bladder.
  • May be used if you have glaucoma.
  • Myrbetriq (mirabegron) may be safer to use if you are over 65 years old.
Downsides and risks
PropranololMyrbetriq
  • 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.
  • Myrbetriq (mirabegron) might raise your blood pressure.
  • If you have an obstruction in your bladder, Myrbetriq (mirabegron) might make you retain more urine.
  • Myrbetriq (mirabegron) may be very expensive depending on your insurance.
  • Not recommended if you have severe liver or kidney disease.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
PropranololMyrbetriq
  • 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.
  • Myrbetriq (mirabegron) is a long-acting medicine. Do not crush, break or chew it.
  • Drink enough water to keep hydrated. Not drinking enough water on hot days can increase your chances of dehydration or heat stroke.
  • You can take Myrbetriq (mirabegron) with or without food. If it upsets your stomach, take it with food.
  • Drinking too much caffeine in coffee or sodas can make the side effects worse.
  • Check your blood pressure regularly while on Myrbetriq (mirabegron).
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