Compare Visken vs. Propranolol

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

Visken
(Pindolol)

Inderal
(Propranolol)

Coming soon.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 Inderal (Propranolol)
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+62% vs. Visken (Pindolol)
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+58% vs. Visken (Pindolol)
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17% vs. Visken (Pindolol)
Side effects
ViskenPropranolol

We haven’t found good data for Visken side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Visken »
  • Dizziness 5%
  • Fatigue 4%
More Propranolol side effects »
How it works
ViskenPropranolol
Coming soon.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
Coming soon.
Antihypertensive
Beta blocker
Prescription only
Available as
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  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Liquid
Used for (click to learn more)
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  • Hypertension
Risk factors for serious side effects
ViskenPropranolol
Coming soon.
  • 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
        ViskenPropranolol
        BFDA pregnancy category (Probably safe)

        Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

        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
        Alcohol
        No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.
        Food
        No specific food-related info.No specific food-related info.
        Kidneys and liver
        No specific kidneys and liver-related info.No specific kidneys and liver-related info.
        Sex
        No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.
        Sleep
        No specific sleep-related info.No specific sleep-related info.
        Weight
        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
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        Coming soon.
        • 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
        Coming soon.
        • 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
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        • 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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