What is Inderal (Propranolol) used for?
Inderal (Propranolol) is an oral medication used to treat high blood pressure, angina, arrhythmias, or to improve survivability following a heart attack. It is a beta-blocker that operates by lowering blood pressure and reducing the amount of work required by the heart to circulate the blood. The medication may also be useful for treating tremors, an overactive thyroid, or preventing migraines. Your physician may prescribe it for other unlisted conditions, as well.
How should I use Inderal (Propranolol)?
Use Inderal (Propranolol) according to your physician's instructions to get the best results from treatment. The normal dosage is one tablet taken two to four times each day depending on the condition being treated, your current health, and the severity of your symptoms. Swallow the doses whole with a large glass of water on an empty stomach. Never crush or split the tablets before use to prevent destroying or altering the effects of their contents. Ask your physician any questions you have about the medication to get the most effective results from treatment.
What are the side effects of Inderal (Propranolol)?
Side effects that may occur while using Inderal (Propranolol) include:
Serious side effects possibly requiring emergency medical attention are faintness, an irregular heartbeat, difficulty breathing, cold sensations, depression, hallucinations, severe skin reactions, darkened urine, discolored stools, or jaundice. Stop using the medication and contact your physician immediately if you experience any intense or worrying symptoms to make sure the necessary changes are made to your dosage or frequency of administration to prevent further complications from occurring.
Inderal (Propranolol) should not be used by patients who have asthma, uncontrolled heart failure, Prinzmetal's angina, peripheral arterial disorders, metabolic acidosis, 2nd or 3rd degree heart block, bradycardia, or an untreated tumor affecting the adrenal gland. You are also suggested to inform your physician if you are elderly or have psoriasis, diabetes, liver cirrhosis, heart failure, myasthenia gravis, poor circulation, hypoglycemia, decreased liver function, decreased kidney function, or a history of allergic reactions to similar medications. These conditions may cause unexpected complications during treatment requiring adjustments to your treatment.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Inderal (Propranolol). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.