Compare Visken vs. Propranolol

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

Visken (pindolol)

Prescription only

Inderal (Propranolol)

Prescription only
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.

3.9/ 5 average rating with 61 reviewsforPropranolol
Upsides
  • 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
  • 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.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Liquid
Price
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61 reviews so far
66%
saidit'sworth it
62%
saiditworked well
15%
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Side effects
9possible side effects
  • Muscle pain
    10%
  • Dizziness
    9%
  • Tiredness
    8%
  • Nervousness
    7%
  • Joint pain
    7%
  • Swelling (edema)
    6%
  • Nausea
    5%
  • Weakness
    4%
  • Muscle cramps
    3%
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3possible side effects
  • Dizziness
    7%
  • Fatigue
    5%
  • Constipation
    3%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Heart failure
    • History of heart failure
  • Heart attack or increased chest pain
    • Sudden discontinuation of medicine
    • Coronary artery disease
  • Lung disease or trouble breathing
    • History of asthma
    • History of COPD
  • Increased risks during major surgery
    • Major surgery requiring anesthesia
  • Masked symptoms of low blood sugar
    • Diabetes
  • Masked symptoms of overactive thyroid
    • Hyperthyroidism
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  • 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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