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Propranolol is classified as a beta blocker which blocks chemicals found in the body that could affect the heart and vascular functions. It can be prescribed in 3 different oral forms such as; extended-release capsule, oral solution or in tablet form. This medication may also be available as a generic brand depending on the strength and dosage.


  • to regulate blood pressure and heart rate
  • migraines
  • to help improve kidney function
  • to help control or prevent chest pain
  • tremors
  • overactive thyroid
  • anxiety
  • to help prevent heart attacks


Always follow the directions as prescribed by the doctor. It usually advised to take Propranolol before meals because it has been known to cause stomach discomfort. (See side effects and warnings for more information) It is best to take this medication at the same time every day until gone.

Storage Instructions

Keep medication in temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees and out of extreme heat or cold or direct sunlight. Please keep in mind small children may think medicines look like candy, so always store safely out of the reach of children. It is best to store Propranolol in an area it is less likely to become damp or wet. So it is not advised to store it above a bathroom or kitchen sink.

Side Effect

  • nausea
  • weakness
  • tired feeling
  • diarrhea
  • decreased sex drive
  • hair loss
  • decrease heart rate
  • swelling of the tongue, lips or face
  • difficulty breathing
  • drop in blood sugar levels
  • rash or hives
  • night terrors
  • difficulty sleeping
  • dry, flaky skin
  • sore muscles
  • weakness
  • hallucinations
  • weight gain
  • swelling of the feet or hands

Seek medical attention if you experience any of these side effects because they could be signs of allergic reaction.

Drug Reaction

There have been reports that Propranolol may have drug reactions with certain heart and blood pressure medications, anesthetics and other types of medications such as:

Heart medications such as ace inhibitor and beta blockers

  • quinidine
  • encainide
  • digoxin
  • procainamide
  • moricizine
  • bretylium
  • propafenone
  • flecainide
  • disopyramide
  • sectral
  • zebeta
  • corgard
  • sotalol
  • atenolol
  • brevibloc
  • toprol xl
  • enalapril
  • lisinopril
  • ditiazem
  • meprovocaine
  • lidocaine
  • bupivacaine

Propranolol Pediatric,Geriatric and Pregnancy Information

There have been no studies conducted that would conclude that this medication has any additional concerns when taken by children elderly or pregnant mother and fetus.

As read above, Propranolol is a very useful medication in helping to resolve many vascular related conditions. With all ages and health types doctors must always outweigh the benefits versus the risks where medications and your health are concerned.  Always make sure to discuss all health issues with your doctor before starting a new medication. But in some cases it may not be right for you. When you have questions or concerns about a medication your taking, turn to the site that cares to offer you all the information you seek and more.

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