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Inderal (Propranolol)

Inderal, also called propranolol, is a medication used to control anxiety in adults, young adults, and teens. Inderal can help control the rapid heart rate and high blood pressure that accompanies anxiety but cannot cure this condition. Inderal is part of a group of medications called beta blockers and can also be prescribed as part of a treatment plan for heart and blood pressure ailments. Inderal may be used after a heart attack or if a heart condition is suspected.

Dosage

Inderal is a prescription medication that is not sold over-the-counter. It comes in a tablet, capsule, or concentrated liquid form; the liquid concentrate can be dissolved in a beverage if needed. A doctor can help patients determine which form is best for them. This medication is usually taken two or three times per day and should be taken exactly as directed.

Important Information Before Use

It is very important to take Inderal as scheduled; do not stop taking this medication abruptly. If you have or have ever had a heart attack or heart disease, asthma, allergies, thyroid disease, kidney disease, or liver disease, you should talk to your doctor about these conditions before you take this drug.

 

Inderal may interact with other medications or supplements, including but not limited to:

  • Antihistamines
  • Cough and cold medications
  • Blood pressure medications
  • Pain relievers

If you are taking any other prescription drugs or supplements, you should check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking this medication.

Important Information During Use

Let your doctor know right away if you are pregnant or become pregnant while taking Inderal; a different medication may be used to manage your anxiety during pregnancy. Inderal can make you extremely drowsy; using alcohol with Inderal can worsen this side effect. If you are having any type of surgery, including dental surgery, tell your doctor, dentist, or surgeon that you are taking Inderal.

 

It is important that people take the exact amount of Inderal prescribed by their doctor and no more. Overdose of this drug is a medical emergency and should be treated right away. Symptoms of overdose include:

  • Extreme drowsiness
  • Low blood pressure
  • Wheezing
  • Low blood sugar
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Slowed heart rate
  • Death

Side Effects

If you experience serious or severe side effects from Inderal, you should call your doctor immediately. Serious side effects may include:

  • Irregular or slow heartbeat
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Sore throat
  • Chest pain
  • Swollen hands or feet
  • Bleeding
  • Weight gain

Less serious side effects may include:

  • Drowsiness, tiredness, or weakness
  • Vomiting, nausea, constipation, or diarrhea
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Difficult or frequent urination
  • Rash
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness

Withdrawing

You should not stop taking Inderal abruptly; you must taper off of this medication slowly over time. Abruptly stopping this medication can cause chest pains, heart beat irregularities, and heart attack. You can reduce the symptoms you feel during withdrawal by slowly tapering off of Inderal over time. Possible symptoms of withdrawal include:

  • Tiredness or dizziness
  • Heart palpitations or irregular heartbeat
  • Chest pain

References:

  1. Half Inderal LA 80mg capsules. (2012, March 26). Retrieved from http://www.medicines.org.uk/guides/inderal/anxiety
  2. Inderal. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.drugs.com/cdi/inderal.html
  3. Monson, K. (2013, July 1). Inderal overdose. Retrieved from http://blood-pressure.emedtv.com/inderal/inderal-overdose.html

 

Last Update: 12-19-2014

 

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