Compare Visken vs. Propranolol

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

Visken
(pindolol)

Inderal
(propranolol)

Lowers blood pressure and controls heart rate. Visken (pindolol) lowers high blood pressure and controls chest pain.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 Visken (pindolol)?
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Reviews for Propranolol
66%
-66% worse vs. Visken
62%
-62% worse vs. Visken
15%
+15% better vs. Visken
Have you used Inderal (propranolol)?
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Side effects
ViskenPropranolol
  • Muscle pain 2%
  • Dizziness 8%
  • Tiredness 4%
  • Nervousness 2%
  • Joint pain 3%
  • Swelling (edema) 5%
  • Nausea 4%
  • Weakness 3%
  • Muscle cramps 3%
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  • Dizziness 5%
  • Fatigue 2%
  • Constipation 3%
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How it works
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Visken (pindolol) is a beta blocker. It lowers blood pressure by slowing down your heart rate, which helps the heart to pump blood with less effort.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
ViskenPropranolol
Prescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
ViskenPropranolol
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Liquid
Used for
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Risk factors for serious side effects
ViskenPropranolol
  • History of heart failure
  • Sudden discontinuation of medicine
  • Coronary artery disease
  • History of asthma
  • History of COPD
Detailed Visken (pindolol) 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

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.

Sleep
ViskenPropranolol
  • Visken (pindolol) can cause dizziness, tiredness and muscle aches for a few days after starting this medicine.
No sleep related info.
Upsides and benefits
ViskenPropranolol
  • Visken (pindolol) works well to reduce heart rate and help control blood pressure.
  • Visken (pindolol) can cause less low pressure and dizziness than other beta-blockers.
  • Available as generic.
  • 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
ViskenPropranolol
  • Taking Visken (pindolol) can make you tired or out of breath. This gets better with most people.
  • You can't miss doses. Stopping Visken (pindolol) suddenly can cause your blood pressure to go up quickly, which can raise the risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • Visken (pindolol) can hide symptoms of low blood sugar. People with diabetes should watch their blood sugar carefully.
  • 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
ViskenPropranolol
  • Visken (pindolol) can cause dizziness, tiredness and muscle aches for a few days after starting this medicine.
  • Check your blood pressure 1 week after starting this medicine and talk to your doctor if your blood pressure has not improved.
  • Visken (pindolol) can hide symptoms of low blood sugar. Be careful with this medication if you have diabetes.
  • Do not stop Visken (pindolol) suddenly without talking with your doctor first.
  • 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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