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These medications are comparable to Inderal (Propranolol) or used for similar purposes.

Inderal
(Propranolol)

Cozaar
(Losartan)

Lopressor
(Metoprolol Tartrate)

Coreg
(Carvedilol)

Norvasc
(Amlodipine)

Bystolic
(Nebivolol)

Microzide
(Hydrochlorothiazide )

Tenormin
(Atenolol)

Zestril
(Lisinopril)

Toprol Xl
(Metoprolol Succinate)

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.Lowers blood pressure. Cozaar (Losartan) is a good blood pressure-lowering medicine that protects kidney function like an ACE inhibitor, but with fewer side effects.Lowers blood pressure and controls heart rate. Lopressor (Metoprolol Tartrate) is good for controlling chest pain and treating heart failure and heart attack. You have to take it with food, and you can't miss doses.Lowers blood pressure and controls heart rate. Coreg (Carvedilol) is good for controlling chest pain and treating heart failure and heart attack. You have to take it with food, and you can't miss doses.Lowers blood pressure. Norvasc (Amlodipine) works well to lower blood pressure and prevent chest pain. You can't miss doses, and you might get persistent swelling.Lowers blood pressure and controls heart rate. Bystolic (Nebivolol) is a good blood pressure-lowering medicine for people with heart conditions, and has fewer side effects than other beta blockers, but it's expensive. You can't miss doses.Lowers blood pressure. Removes extra water from your body. Microzide (Hydrochlorothiazide (Hctz)) is a well-tolerated water pill that's often the first-choice treatment for mild high blood pressure.Lowers blood pressure and controls heart rate. Tenormin (Atenolol) is good for controlling chest pain and treating heart failure and heart attack with fewer side effects than other beta blockers. You have to take it on an empty stomach, and you can't miss doses.Lowers blood pressure. Zestril (Lisinopril) is a good blood pressure-lowering medicine that protects kidney function.Lowers blood pressure and controls heart rate. Toprol Xl (Metoprolol Succinate) is good for controlling chest pain and treating heart failure and heart attack. You can't miss doses.
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5.264150943396227Propranolol
Reviews for Inderal (Propranolol)
62%
of people say Inderal (Propranolol) is worth it
58%
say it works well
17%
say it's a big hassle
Reviews for Cozaar (Losartan)
57%
5% vs. Inderal (Propranolol)
47%
11% vs. Inderal (Propranolol)
16%
+1% vs. Inderal (Propranolol)
Reviews for Lopressor (Metoprolol Tartrate)
61%
1% vs. Inderal (Propranolol)
46%
12% vs. Inderal (Propranolol)
15%
+2% vs. Inderal (Propranolol)
Reviews for Coreg (Carvedilol)
54%
8% vs. Inderal (Propranolol)
46%
12% vs. Inderal (Propranolol)
18%
1% vs. Inderal (Propranolol)
Reviews for Norvasc (Amlodipine)
59%
3% vs. Inderal (Propranolol)
50%
8% vs. Inderal (Propranolol)
14%
+3% vs. Inderal (Propranolol)
Reviews for Bystolic (Nebivolol)
51%
11% vs. Inderal (Propranolol)
46%
12% vs. Inderal (Propranolol)
18%
1% vs. Inderal (Propranolol)
Reviews for Microzide (Hydrochlorothiazide (Hctz))
47%
15% vs. Inderal (Propranolol)
31%
27% vs. Inderal (Propranolol)
15%
+2% vs. Inderal (Propranolol)
Reviews for Tenormin (Atenolol)
57%
5% vs. Inderal (Propranolol)
48%
10% vs. Inderal (Propranolol)
16%
+1% vs. Inderal (Propranolol)
Reviews for Zestril (Lisinopril)
61%
1% vs. Inderal (Propranolol)
51%
7% vs. Inderal (Propranolol)
13%
+4% vs. Inderal (Propranolol)
Reviews for Toprol Xl (Metoprolol Succinate)
60%
2% vs. Inderal (Propranolol)
55%
3% vs. Inderal (Propranolol)
13%
+4% vs. Inderal (Propranolol)
Side effects
PropranololLosartanLopressorCoregNorvascBystolicHydrochlorothiazideAtenololLisinoprilToprol XL
  • Dizziness 5%
  • Fatigue 4%
More Propranolol side effects »
  • Urinary tract infection 6%
  • Diarrhea 5%
  • Low blood sugar 4%
  • Low blood pressure 4%
  • Muscle weakness/fatiguea/fatigue 4%
  • Hyperkalemia 4%
  • Chest pain 4%
  • Low red blood cells 3%
  • Muscular weakness 3%
  • Orthostatic hypotension 3%
More Losartan side effects »
  • Abnormally slow heartbeat 9%
  • Low blood pressure 4%
  • First-degree heart block 3%
More Lopressor side effects »
  • Dizziness 13%
  • Abnormally slow heartbeat 7%
  • Low blood pressure 6%
  • Diarrhea 6%
  • High blood sugar 4%
  • Nausea 4%
  • Vision abnormal 3%
  • Fainting 3%
  • Muscle weakness 2%
  • Edema dependent 2%
More Coreg side effects »
  • Swelling due to excess fluid 10%
  • Fatigue 2%
  • Nausea 1%
  • Dizziness 1%
More Norvasc side effects »
  • Fatigue 4%
  • Headache 3%
  • Dizziness 2%
  • Diarrhea 1%
More Bystolic side effects »

The Hydrochlorothiazide FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

More about Hydrochlorothiazide side effects »
  • Tiredness 13%
  • Dizziness 7%
  • Cold extremities 7%
  • Low mood disorder 3%
  • Vivid dreams 2%
  • Shortness of breath 2%
  • Leg pain 2%
  • Nausea 2%
  • Diarrhea 1%
  • Fatigue 1%
More Atenolol side effects »
  • Dizziness 7%
  • Headache 4%
  • Cough 3%
  • Diarrhea 2%
  • Chest pain 2%
  • Fatigue 2%
  • Upper respiratory infection 1%
More Lisinopril side effects »
  • Abnormally slow heartbeat 9%
  • Low blood pressure 4%
  • Heart block 3%
More Toprol XL side effects »
How it works
PropranololLosartanLopressorCoregNorvascBystolicHydrochlorothiazideAtenololLisinoprilToprol XL
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.Cozaar (Losartan) is an angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB). It blocks a chemical that tightens blood vessels. This makes blood vessels relax, which lowers blood pressure and allows more blood and oxygen to get to your heart and other organs.Lopressor (Metoprolol Tartrate) is a beta blocker. It lowers blood pressure by slowing heart rate, relaxing blood vessels, and lowering the body's fight-or-flight response.Coreg (Carvedilol) 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.Norvasc (Amlodipine) is a calcium channel blocker. It lowers blood pressure by slowing your heart rate and relaxing your blood vessels. Your heart gets more oxygen and doesn't have to work as hard to pump, which can relieve chest pain.Bystolic (Nebivolol) is a selective beta blocker that works specifically on the heart. It lowers blood pressure by slowing down the heart and making it work less to pump.Microzide (Hydrochlorothiazide (Hctz)) is a thiazide diuretic (water pill). It works in the kidneys to make you urinate more, which removes extra water and certain electrolytes. This lowers blood pressure and swelling.Tenormin (Atenolol) is a selective beta blocker that works specifically on the heart. It lowers blood pressure by slowing down the heart and making it less work to pump.Zestril (Lisinopril) is an angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor. It blocks a chemical that tightens blood vessels. This makes blood vessels relax, which lowers blood pressure and allows more blood and oxygen to get to your heart and other organs.Toprol Xl (Metoprolol Succinate) is a 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
PropranololLosartanLopressorCoregNorvascBystolicHydrochlorothiazideAtenololLisinoprilToprol XL
Antihypertensive
Beta blocker
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Angiotensin receptor blocker
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Antihypertensive
Beta blocker
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Antihypertensive
Beta blocker
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Antihypertensive
Calcium channel blocker
Prescription only
Antihypertensive
Beta blocker
Prescription only
Antihypertensive
Diuretic
Prescription only
Antihypertensive
Beta blocker
Prescription only
Antihypertensive
ACE inhibitor
Prescription only
Antihypertensive
Beta blocker
Prescription only
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PropranololLosartanLopressorCoregNorvascBystolicHydrochlorothiazideAtenololLisinoprilToprol XL
Risk factors for serious side effects
PropranololLosartanLopressorCoregNorvascBystolicHydrochlorothiazideAtenololLisinoprilToprol XL
  • Suddenly stopping Inderal (Propranolol)
    • Major surgery requiring anesthesia
    • Diabetes
      • Concurrent use of non-dihydropyridine calcium channel blockers, digoxin or clonidine
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        Pregnancy category
        PropranololLosartanLopressorCoregNorvascBystolicHydrochlorothiazideAtenololLisinoprilToprol XL
        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
        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
        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
        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
        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
        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
        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
        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
        Alcohol
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        Food
        No specific food-related info.No specific food-related info.
        • Metoprolol tartrate is the immediate release version of Toprol XL. You have to take Metoprolol tartrate with food for it to work best. (On the other hand, you can take Toprol XL any time.)
        • Take it with food.
        • You have to take Carvedilol with food.
        • Take it with food.
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        Kidneys and liver
        No specific kidneys and liver-related info.
        • Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease.
        • Requires routine blood tests to check kidney function.
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        • Doesn't work well in people with severe kidney problems.
        • Requires routine blood tests to check kidney function.
        No specific kidneys and liver-related info.
        • Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease.
        • Requires routine blood tests to check kidney function.
        No specific kidneys and liver-related info.
        Sex
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        Sleep
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        Weight
        • 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.
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        Upsides and benefits
        PropranololLosartanLopressorCoregNorvascBystolicHydrochlorothiazideAtenololLisinoprilToprol XL
        • 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.
        • A first-choice treatment to prevent chest pain (angina).
        • Similar to ACE inhibitors (like Lisinopril), with fewer side effects like cough and swelling.
        • A first-choice blood pressure treatment for many people.
        • Lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke.
        • Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease.
        • Recommended for anyone with heart failure since it lowers the risk of death and further damage to your heart.
        • A first-choice treatment to prevent chest pain (angina). Makes pain attacks less frequent and makes it easier to be active without having chest pain.
        • A first-choice treatment for heart failure. May prevent long-term heart damage.
        • A first-choice treatment for heart attack. Lowers the risk of death during and after a heart attack.
        • For people with severe heart failure, Carvedilol lowers the risk of worsening heart failure, hospitalization, and sudden death.
        • A first-choice treatment to prevent chest pain (angina).
        • A first-choice treatment for heart failure and heart attack.
        • Calcium channel blockers work especially well for African Americans to lower blood pressure.
        • Prevents heart-related chest pain (angina) if you take it regularly.
        • Each dose lasts longer than other calcium channel blockers, which keeps blood pressure consistent without big ups and downs.
        • Particularly good at lowering systolic blood pressure (the top number), so it's a good option for older people who can commonly get high blood pressure only in the top number.
        • A first-choice blood pressure treatment for many people.
        • Lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke.
        • Controls your heart rate to reduce work for your heart.
        • A first-line treatment for heart failure and heart attack.
        • Helps to lower blood pressure if you can't use first-choice treatments or need additional blood pressure control.
        • Many beta blockers can worsen asthma or cause headaches, but Bystolic usually doesn't because it targets the heart more specifically and causes fewer side effects.
        • Works well to get rid of extra fluids in your body through urination.
        • A first-choice blood pressure treatment for many people. Works especially well for African Americans.
        • Good option if you have both high blood pressure and heart failure.
        • Raises calcium levels in the body, so it can be good for people with osteoporosis to slow down bone loss and even help with new bone formation.
        • Most people have very few side effects.
        • Lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke.
        • At lower doses, Atenolol has fewer side effects than most beta blockers because it targets the heart and doesn't cross into the brain and central nervous system.
        • A first-choice treatment to prevent chest pain (angina).
        • A first-choice treatment for heart failure and heart attack.
        • A first-choice blood pressure treatment for many people.
        • Lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke.
        • Protects kidney function, which is especially useful for people with diabetes or mild-to-moderate kidney disease.
        • Recommended for anyone with heart failure since it lowers the risk of death and further damage to your heart.
        • Toprol XL is the extended release version of Lopressor.
        • A first-choice treatment to prevent chest pain (angina). Makes pain attacks less frequent and makes it easier to be active without having chest pain.
        • A first-choice treatment for heart failure. May prevent long-term heart damage.
        • A first-choice treatment for heart attack. Lowers the risk of death during and after a heart attack.
        Downsides and risks
        PropranololLosartanLopressorCoregNorvascBystolicHydrochlorothiazideAtenololLisinoprilToprol XL
        • Has more side effects than some beta blockers because it crosses into the brain and central nervous system.
        • 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.
        • 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.
        • Requires a yearly blood test to see how the medicine is affecting your body.
        • Not safe to use if you're pregnant.
        • Metoprolol tartrate is the immediate release version of Toprol XL. You have to take Metoprolol tartrate with food for it to work best. (On the other hand, you can take Toprol XL any time.)
        • You can't miss doses. Stopping Metoprolol tartrate suddenly can cause your blood pressure to go up suddenly, which raises the risk of heart attack and stroke.
        • 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.
        • You have to take Carvedilol with food.
        • You can't miss doses. Stopping Carvedilol suddenly can cause your blood pressure to go up suddenly, which raises the risk of heart attack and stroke.
        • 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.
        • Calcium channel blockers can cause swelling in your limbs. If this happens for you, it probably won't get better over time, so talk to your doctor about alternatives if it bothers you.
        • Women are more likely to have side effects (especially swelling) from Amlodipine than men.
        • Some people might experience flushing with this medication.
        • You can't miss doses. Stopping Amlodipine suddenly can cause your blood pressure to go up suddenly, which raises the risk of heart attack and stroke.
        • If you have severe heart disease, using Amlodipine might increase your risk of chest pain or heart attack during the time right after starting the medication or raising the dosage.
        • Might not be a good choice if you have liver disease.
        • Not available in less expensive generic form.
        • You can't miss doses. Stopping Bystolic suddenly can cause your blood pressure to go up suddenly, which raises the risk of heart attack and stroke.
        • Makes you urinate more often.
        • Doesn't work well in people with severe kidney problems.
        • You have to take Atenolol on an empty stomach.
        • You can't miss doses. Stopping Atenolol suddenly can cause your blood pressure to go up suddenly, which raises the risk of heart attack and stroke.
        • 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.
        • Up to 1 in 10 people can get a dry cough with this medicine. It ranges from a mild tickle in the throat to a persistent hacking cough.
        • Requires a yearly blood test to see how the medicine is affecting your body.
        • Not safe to use if you're pregnant.
        • Not a first-choice treatment for high blood pressure according to the latest guidelines, except if you have heart failure or heart disease.
        • You can't miss doses. Stopping Toprol XL 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
        PropranololLosartanLopressorCoregNorvascBystolicHydrochlorothiazideAtenololLisinoprilToprol XL
        • Can cause insomnia and fatigue.
        • Can hide symptoms of low blood sugar. Be careful if you're diabetic.
        • Tell your doctor about any dizziness, fatigue, cough, or throat irritation that doesn't go away.
        • Requires routine blood tests to check kidney function.
        • Don't take it if you're pregnant.
        • This is the immediate release version. It also comes as an extended release form: Toprol XL (metoprolol succinate).
        • Take it with food.
        • Can cause fatigue and headache.
        • Can hide symptoms of low blood sugar. Be careful if you're diabetic.
        • Can cause fatigue and erectile dysfunction.
        • Take it with food.
        • Can hide symptoms of low blood sugar. Be careful if you're diabetic.
        • Interacts with the cholesterol medicine Simvastatin.
        • Can cause ankle or foot swelling.
        • Can cause gum overgrowth. Ask your dentist to check for this side effect.
        • Can cause headache, dizziness, or feeling short of breath in the first few days.
        • If side effects don't go away, talk to your doctor about alternatives.
        • Starts working in about 2 hours.
        • Makes you urinate more often, so avoid taking it at bedtime.
        • Tell your doctor about any dizziness, fatigue, or muscle weakness that doesn't go away.
        • Requires routine blood tests to check kidney function.
        • Take it on an empty stomach.
        • Can cause fatigue and insomnia.
        • Can hide symptoms of low blood sugar. Be careful if you're diabetic.
        • Tell your doctor about any dizziness, fatigue, cough, or throat irritation that doesn't go away.
        • Requires routine blood tests to check kidney function.
        • Don't take it if you're pregnant.
        • Extended release version. Also comes in immediate release called Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate).
        • Can cause fatigue and headache.
        • Can hide symptoms of low blood sugar. Be careful if you're diabetic.
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