Propranolol belongs to the group of medicines known as beta-blockers. It is a medicine which is used to treat several different medical conditions. It works on the heart and blood vessels.
Propranolol is also prescribed to help ease the physical symptoms of anxiety, such as a fast heartbeat and trembling. Similar symptoms to these are also experienced by people with an overactive thyroid gland. Propranolol quickly relieves these types of symptoms. It is also the beta-blocker which is commonly prescribed to help prevent migraines. It can be helpful for people who find other treatments for migraine unsuitable.
- Before you start the treatment, read the manufacturer's printed information leaflet from inside the pack. It will give you more information about propranolol and will provide you with a full list of the side-effects which you may experience from taking it.
- Your doctor will tell you what dose is right for you, and this information will be printed on the label of the pack to remind you. Take propranolol exactly as your doctor tells you to. Propranolol tablets are usually prescribed to be taken in divided doses - so you may be prescribed two, three or four doses to take each day. Propranolol capsules have a more prolonged action and are prescribed to be taken once daily. Swallow the capsule whole with a drink of water - do not chew or open the capsules.
- Propranolol tablets and capsules are available in several different strengths. Each time you collect a fresh supply, it's a good idea to check the strength on the packet to make sure they are the strength you are expecting.
- Try to take your doses at the same times of day each day, as this will help you to remember to take them regularly.
- If you do forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember unless your next dose is due. If your next dose is due, then take the tablet/capsule which is due but leave out the forgotten one. Do not take two doses together to make up for missing one.
are allergic (hypersensitive) to propranolol hydrochloride or any of the other ingredients of this medicine
have a history of wheezing or asthma
suffer from poor circulation
suffer from Prinzmetal’s angina (angina due
to coronary artery spasm)
have a slow heart rate
suffer from other heart problems such as
heart failure, cardiogenic shock, heart block
or sick sinus syndrome
suffer from uncontrolled heart failure
have low blood pressure
have an adrenal tumour (phaeochromocytoma)
resulting in high blood pressure, flushing,
suffer from metabolic acidosis (an imbalance
of the body’s acid-base balance)
undertake or have recently undertaken
prolonged periods of fasting.
Take special care with Propranolol
Tell your doctor before you start to take this medicine if you:
• suffer from liver or kidney problems
• are undergoing treatment for diabetes
• have thyroid problems.
If you are to have surgery, propranolol should be withdrawn 24 hours before as it may interfere with response to stress.
Propranolol may increase reactions to a number of allergens.
Taking other medicines
Talk to your doctor if you are taking any of the following:
• sympathomimetic drugs such as adrenaline • ergotamine (for migraine)
• prostaglandin synthetase inhibitors used to
treat inflammatory conditions
• other drugs for other heart conditions such
as flecainide, diltiazem, nifedipine or digoxin • cimetidine, hydralazine or chlorpromazine
• quinidine, propafenone, rifampicin,
theophylline, warfarin, thioridazine or
• calcium channel blockers e.g. nifedipine,
nisoldipine, nicardipine, isradipine or lacidipin
ithout a prescription.
Important information about some of the ingredients of Propranolol
• Patients who are intolerant to lactose should
note that Propranolol tablets contain a small amount of lactose. If your doctor has told you that you have an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor before taking this medicine.
Taking Propranolol with food and drink
• DO NOT take alcohol whilst taking these tablets, as it may interfere with the action of Propranolol.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
• Propranolol is not recommended if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breast-feeding.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking any medicine.
Propranolol may cause drowsiness and dizziness. If affected, DO NOT drive or operate machinery.
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