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Propranolol is a custom pharmacy drug that is classified in the family of drugs known as beta-blockers. Propranolol has a wide variety of uses in medicine. It is often given for the treatment of irregular heart rhythms, high blood pressure, hypertrophic subaortic stenosis, pheochromocytoma, chest pain, migraine headaches, and select types of tremors. Propranolol is sometimes given to patients after a heart attack. Propranolol is used to slow down the heart rate and increase overall circulation (flow of blood through veins and arteries).


Propranolol is often taken orally. It comes in a variety of forms for delivery into the body such as tablets, solutions, and extended-release capsules. Each form of delivery comes with its own specific set of instructions; ask your physician to explain proper usage and dosage. If you are unclear in any way, ask for clarification. Never take this or any drug without a clear understanding of proper dosage, usage, and possible side effects. Follow your physician's directions precisely.


While some may experience side effects others may not. It is really impossible to know in advance whether any patient will experience one, multiple, or zero side effects while taking propranolol. Be prepared in case you do experience any side effects. The best way to be prepared is to ask your physician to fully explain all possible side effects so you know how to respond and what action to take if you experience a specific side effect. Some side effects will present then subside as your body becomes adjusted to the drug, other side effects may linger or worsen. It is those side effects that linger or worsen, or seem to be severe that must be addressed promptly. If you experience anything that lingers or worsens, see your physician right away. If you experience anything that feels severe, get medical treatment immediately. Common side effects seen with propranolol are:

  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Lightheadedness
  • Dizziness
  • Tiredness

Severe Side Effects:

Drugs and medications always carry the risk of potential side effects, sometimes even severe ones. If you experience anything that feels severe, or any of the side effects listed below, seek medical treatment immediately.

  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Feeling Faint
  • Weight Gain
  • Difficulty Swallowing
  • Rash
  • Peeling Skin
  • Blistering Skin
  • Hives and/or Itching
  • Swelling (face, throat, tongue, lips)
  • Irregular Heartbeat


If you are considering the use of propranolol, have a full health screening with your physician, consult with her or him regarding your complete medical history as well as current and past drug, medication, supplement, and herbal usage.

There may be many reasons, conditions, etc. that would contraindicate the use of propranolol for you. Ask your physician to explain all contraindications that may be germane to you and your unique medical condition.

Propranolol is contraindicated for the following:

  • Sinus Bradycardia
  • Cardiogenic Shock
  • Hypersensitivity to Propranolol Hydrochloride
  • Bronchial Asthma
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