Inderal

(Propranolol)

3.9/ 5 average rating with 61 reviewsforPropranolol
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Lowers blood pressure and controls heart rate.

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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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Quick facts about Propranolol
  • Drug class: Cardiovascular
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (propranolol)

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.
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People’s experience with Propranolol

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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.
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How it works

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.

Quick facts about Propranolol
  • Drug class: Cardiovascular
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (propranolol)

Dosage forms

  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Liquid
People’s experience with Propranolol

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What to expect when you take Inderal (Propranolol) for Lowers blood pressure

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  • Possible side effects
  • Low heart rate
  • Dizziness
  • Tiredness
  • Sleep problems
  • Feeling cold in arms and legs
  • Breathing problems
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Side effect rates for Inderal (Propranolol)

From 177 clinical trials of Propranolol when taken for high blood pressure (extended release capsule 80 mg)
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    2%2%
  • Fatigue
    5%5%
    3%3%
  • Constipation
    3%3%
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The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Propranolol.

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Risks and Warnings for Inderal (Propranolol)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Suddenly stopping Inderal (Propranolol)

    Do not stop taking Inderal (Propranolol) suddenly without talking to your doctor as chest pain or angina may become increased. Stopping Inderal (Propranolol) suddenly may start a heart attack. Talk to your doctor if you are interested in stopping this medication.

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Common concerns from people taking Inderal (Propranolol)

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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.

Tip: Always talk with your doctor before you take any medication while pregnant.
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