Compare Propranolol vs. oxybutynin

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Inderal (Propranolol)

Prescription only

Ditropan (oxybutynin)

Prescription or OTC
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
Treats overactive bladder.

Ditropan (oxybutynin) is good treatment for overactive bladder, but has more side-effects like dry mouth and constipation than other medicines that work similarly.

Upsides
  • 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.
  • Available in several different formulations (pill, liquid, gel, patch) that help fit individual preferences.
  • The pill form is available in a cheap, generic version.
  • Works just as well as newer medications on the market in managing symptoms of an overactive bladder.
  • The patch form causes less side effects than the other forms of Ditropan (oxybutynin).
Downsides
  • 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.
  • Raises the risk of falls, especially in older people.
  • Ditropan (oxybutynin) may not be a good treatment option if you also have narrow-angle glaucoma.
  • Causes more side effects like dry mouth than newer medications used for treating overactive bladder.
  • Older people who use Ditropan (oxybutynin) are at higher risk of experiencing memory problems as well as side effects such as confusion and blurry vision.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Liquid
  • Pill
  • Extended-release pill
  • Liquid
  • Patch
  • Gel
Price
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Reviews
61 reviews so far
66%
saidit'sworth it
62%
saiditworked well
15%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
3possible side effects
  • Dizziness
    7%
  • Fatigue
    5%
  • Constipation
    3%
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17possible side effects
  • Dry mouth
    35%
  • Constipation
    9%
  • Headache
    8%
  • Diarrhea
    8%
  • Insomnia
    6%
  • Drowsiness
    6%
  • Dizziness
    5%
  • Upset stomach
    5%
  • Nausea
    5%
  • Blurry vision
    4%
  • Dry eyes
    3%
  • Fatigue
    3%
  • Taste changes
    2%
  • Cough
    2%
  • Dry throat
    2%
  • Dry nose
    2%
  • Inability to urinate
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • 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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  • Drowsiness and confusion
    • Taking with alcohol
    • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
  • Vision changes
    • Glaucoma
  • Trouble urinating
    • History of bladder problems
    • History of problems with your intestine
    • Taking more than one medicine for overactive bladder or taking allergy medicines
  • More side effects
    • Taking high doses
    • Age over 65 years
  • Heat exhaustion
    • Outside in hot weather
    • Dehydrated
    • Exercising
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