Propranolol is a prescription drug available from your pharmacy store only with the prescription of a qualified medical practitioner.
Propranolol pronounced as: proe-PRAN-oh-lol
Propranolol is an anti hypertensive / non selective beta blocker.
Propranolol is used in the treatment of following conditions
Take Propranolol exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If do not understand these instructions ask your pharmacist, nurse or doctor to explain them to you.
Do not take the medication in larger amounts or for longer duration than recommended by your doctor. Take Propranolol with a full glass of water.
Take Propranolol at the same time every day to avoid forgetting.
Do not skip doses or stop taking Propranolol without consulting your doctor.
Propranolol should be tapered gradually over a period of weeks Stopping suddenly may worsen hypertension or cause other serious cardiac problems like worsening of angina.
Always remember to inform your health expert if you are currently taking any OTC or prescription drugs like,
Inform your doctor if you have following medical diseases, as propranolol should be used cautiously in these conditions
Do not use propranolol if you have 2nd and 3rd degree heart block.
Propranolol belongs to FDA pregnancy category C. This means that propranolol may harm an unborn baby if used during pregnancy but potential benefit may warrant use of the drug in pregnant woman despite potential risks. Always inform your doctor if you are pregnant or are planning for conception.
Propranolol belongs to FDA pregnancy category D. This means that propranolol can harm an unborn baby and cause birth defects if used during pregnancy. Do not use propranolol with out your doctor consent however its use is justified if the benefits to the mother outweigh the risks. Always inform your doctor if you are pregnant or are planning for conception.
Lactating women: It is not known whether propranolol passes into breast milk or if it could harm the baby. Do not take propranolol with out first talking to doctor if you are breast feeding a baby.
Strictly avoid alcohol when on propranolol medication as it increases its side effects
Propranolol is available in the form of tablets, capsules and injection.
Use as directed by your physician, your physician prescribes depending on the severity of disease.
Use the complete course of medication as prescribed by your physician even though you feel better after one or two days of usage of medication.
If it is almost the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at same time to cover up the missed dose.
In case of overdose contact your nearest poison control centre or emergency medical centre for immediate care by physician.
The overdose symptoms of Propranolol are
Propranolol may cause following side effects
Consult your doctor immediately if notice following symptoms.
Store propranolol at room temp (15 – 30 degrees C). Avoid excessive heat, moisture or direct sunlight, never store in the bathroom.
Keep it out of reach of children. Make sure that any leftover portion is disposed off safely.
It is imp to read manufacturing packaging instruction carefully if available and always do not hesitate to consult pharmacist or physician for any information.
Written by: healthplus24.com team
Date last updated: August 14, 2015
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