What is Propranolol?
Propranolol is a drug classified as a beta blocker; a popular brand name version of this drug is Inderal. This drug works by allowing blood to flow more easily through the veins and arteries and slowing the heart rate by blocking the action of natural chemicals. The result of this action is a lowered heart rate, decreased blood pressure and less stress on the heart.
Propranolol is used to treat several medical conditions; propranolol should not be stopped without talking to a doctor first.
Propranolol (Inderal) is used to treat heart rhythm disorders, high blood pressure, angina, and other heart conditions. This medication can also be used to prevent heart attacks, to reduce the frequency and severity of migraine headaches and may be effective in some medication induced movement disorders. Lastly, Propranolol is used for the treatment of some social anxiety treatments, primarily those which are performance based rather than a generalized social anxiety.
This drug is available in extended release capsules or by injection; dosage and directions for use vary by the condition that is being treated. Inderal should be taken at the same time each day and the extended release tablets should be taken whole, not opened or broken to ensure the proper medication dosage is obtained. It is important to inform all doctors that you are on this medication as it can cause unusual results in certain medical tests.