PROPRANOLOL belongs to a group of medicines called beta-blockers used alone or together with other medicines to treat high blood pressure (hypertension), heart related chest pain (angina), heart rhythm disorder (arrhythmia) and preventing symptoms of migraine headache and tremors (fits). It affects our heart and blood circulatory system specially controlling blood through arteries and veins. High blood pressure adds to the workload of the heart and arteries. If it continues for a long time, the heart and arteries may not function properly. This can damage the blood vessels of the brain, heart and kidneys, resulting in a stroke, heart failure, or kidney failure. Lowering blood pressure may reduce the risk of stroke and heart attacks.
PROPRANOLOL plays a vital role in relaxing our blood vessels by blocking the action of certain natural substances in your body. This lowers your blood pressure and helps in reducing your risk of having a stroke, a heart attack, other heart problems or kidney problems in the future. This medicine needs to be taken regularly to be effective.
PROPRANOLOL can be taken orally with or without food or as directed by your physician. Swallow the whole tablet with a glass of water. Do not crush, chew or break it. PROPRANOLOL is preferable to take at the same time every day for better results. PROPRANOLOL is generally safe to consume. You may have common side-effects like feeling dizzy or exhausted, cold hands or feet, difficulty in sleeping and having nightmares. These side effects are usually mild and short lived. However, if the side effects are persistent, reach out to your doctor.
Don't stop taking PROPRANOLOL without talking to your doctor first. Stopping PROPRANOLOL gradually may cause changes in your heart rhythm and blood pressure, cause chest pain or a heart attack. Your doctor will lower your dose gradually over a period of time to help prevent these symptoms. You should not use PROPRANOLOL if you have very slow heartbeat, asthma, serious heart condition (sick sinus syndrome) or any heart blockage. Children weighing less than 4.5 pounds should not be given PROPRANOLOL. It should not be given to the children less than 12 years of age. Before taking PROPRANOLOL you should tell doctor if you have any muscle disorder (myasthenia gravis, rhabdomyolysis), breathing problem (COPD, bronchitis, emphysema), low blood sugar level (hypoglycaemia), low blood pressure (hypotension), depression, previous heart failure, liver/kidney disease, thyroid hormone disorder, adrenal gland cancer or problems with circulation (Raynaud’s syndrome).