Compare Tegretol vs. Propranolol

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Prevents seizures, stabilizes mood, and relieves nerve pain. Tegretol (Carbamazepine) is useful for preventing seizures and relieving certain types of nerve pain, but interacts with many drugs.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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Reviews for Tegretol (Carbamazepine)
of people (All ages) say Tegretol (Carbamazepine) is worth it
say it works well
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Reviews for Inderal (Propranolol)
+4% vs. Tegretol (Carbamazepine)
+16% vs. Tegretol (Carbamazepine)
+4% vs. Tegretol (Carbamazepine)
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Side effects
  • Dizziness 32%
  • Drowsiness 19%
  • Nausea 19%
  • Vomiting 15%
  • Itching 6%
  • Constipation 5%
  • Dry mouth 5%
  • Muscle weakness 4%
  • Blurred vision 4%
  • Rash 3%
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  • Dizziness 5%
  • Fatigue 4%
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How it works
Tegretol (Carbamazepine) is an antiepileptic. Researchers don't know exactly how it works, but it seems to block certain kinds of nerve activity to reduce seizures and pain.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
AnticonvulsantPrescription only
Beta blocker
Prescription only
Available as
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Chewable tablet
  • Oral suspension
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Liquid
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Risk factors for serious side effects
  • People also taking Depakote
  • Asian ancestry
    • History of depression
    • European, Chinese, or Japanese ancestry
      • Age 65 years or older
      • Stopping Tegretol (Carbamazepine) suddenly
      Detailed Tegretol (Carbamazepine) risks & warnings »
      • 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 category
            DFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

            Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

            See the FDA package insert
            CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

            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.

            See the FDA package insert
            No specific sleep related info.
            No specific weight related info.
            • Cases of heart failure due to taking Inderal (Propranolol) have been reported. Tell your doctor if you noticed increased swelling around your legs or ankles, sudden weight gain or sudden shortness of breath as these may be symptoms of heart failure.
            Upsides and benefits
            • Lowers the frequency of seizures, especially for people with tonic-clonic and partial seizures.
            • First-line option for trigeminal neuralgia (nerve pain involving the face, head, and neck), and can relieve other types of nerve pain.
            • May be helpful in stabilizing mood for people with bipolar disorder.
            • 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
            • Interacts with many other medicines and supplements.
            • Higher risk of skin reactions compared to other antiepileptic medicines, ranging from mild to life-threatening rash.
            • Can cause blurry vision, dizziness, and upset stomach.
            • Not safe to use if you're pregnant.
            • Requires routine blood tests to see how the medicine is affecting your body.
            • 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
            • For the first week, avoid activities that require you to be alert.
            • Report skin rashes or blistering immediately.
            • Don't use if pregnant.
            • Requires routine blood tests.
            • Report confusion, persistent abdominal pain, yellowing of eyes/skin, or easy bruising to your doctor.
            • Takes up to 5 weeks to feel full effects on mood.
            • 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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