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Propranolol is the generic version of Inderal, a medication used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). It slows the heart and relaxes blood vessels, which reduces blood pressure. Propranolol belongs to a class of medications known as beta blockers.
Please note: At this time, this medication is only prescribed as a refill at Dr. B.
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How does it work?
Propranolol is a medication that belongs to a class of drugs called beta blockers. It works by blocking the effects of certain stress hormones in the body (like adrenaline), which can increase heart rate and blood pressure. By doing so, Propranolol helps to slow down the heart rate and reduce blood pressure. This makes it an effective medication for conditions like high blood pressure, anxiety and certain heart disorders.
What does it treat?
Propranolol treats various conditions, including high blood pressure (hypertension). High blood pressure happens when the force of blood against the artery walls is too high. On top of treating high blood pressure, this hypertension treatment can also help manage anxiety symptoms, prevent migraines, and treat specific heart problems.
What forms does it come in?
This hypertension medicine is available in tablets, capsules and extended-release capsules. These allow for different dosing options depending on the condition and the medical provider’s recommendations.
Propranolol vs. Inderal
Inderal is a brand-name version of Propranolol—the generic form of the same medication. These medications contain the same active ingredient, Propranolol. They treat conditions like high blood pressure, anxiety and certain heart disorders in the same way.
The brand drug Inderal is not currently available on the Dr. B platform.
How much will it cost?
Dr. B offers online consultations for $15—which is less than most copays. If a high blood pressure prescription is appropriate, your out-of-pocket medication cost will depend on your insurance and where you decide to get your prescription filled. With a drug discount card, prices for Propranolol 40 mg (60 tablets) start at $8.19.
* Prices shown with drug discount card applied. Price may differ depending on location.
Propranolol 40 mg (60 tablets)*
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Propranolol prescription FAQ
What are the benefits of taking Propranolol?
- Lowers blood pressure
- Reduces risk of stroke and heart attack
- Prevents angina (chest pain)
- Treats heart rhythm problems
- Reduces migraines
- Treats tremors
- Helps with hyperthyroidism
- Helps with anxiety and migraines
Who should not take this medication?
- Those allergic to Propranolol
- People with a known allergy or severe reaction to beta-blockers
- People with diabetes
- Those who have kidney or liver disease
- People with severe circulation problems
- People with pheochromocytoma tumor
- People who have untreated hyperthyroidism
- Those with myasthenia gravis (muscle disorder)
- People who have slow heart rate (bradycardia)
- Those with low blood pressure (hypotension)
- People with severe heart conditions or heart failure
- People with sick sinus syndrome (a heart rhythm problem)
- Those who have second- or third-degree atrioventricular block (a heart rhythm problem)
- People with asthma, other breathing problems or history of serious lung diseases
- Individuals with a history of severe depression or certain mental health conditions
- Those with Raynaud's syndrome (a condition that causes the fingers and toes to become numb and cold)
- Pregnant women, breastfeeding or those planning to become pregnant
This is not a complete list of health problems that may interfere with Propranolol. Some medications and supplements also increase the risk of complications. Discuss your health conditions, medications and other risk factors with your health provider before starting this medication.
How do you take this medication?
You take this medication orally before meals, usually 2 to 4 times a day or as directed by your licensed medical provider.
High blood pressure is a long-term (chronic) condition that can harm your organs. Medications for blood pressure are not a one-time cure. This medicine doesn't provide a complete cure for high blood pressure, so it's important to continue taking it, even if you start feeling better. If you stop taking it suddenly, this could cause dangerous problems, like heart attack or stroke. Follow your medical provider's instructions carefully.
What happens if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of Propranolol, take it as soon as you remember. But if it’s almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed. Continue with your next regular dose, and don’t take extra medication to make up for what you missed.
What happens if I take too much?
Taking too much Propranolol may cause a very slow heart rate, fainting, hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) or severe dizziness.
If you think you’ve taken too much, immediately call your healthcare provider or local poison control center (800-222-1222).
Can I get Propranolol online?
Right now, Dr. B can’t prescribe a new hypertension medication. But we can help you refill an existing Propranolol prescription online with a $15 consultation. Our online consultations don’t require an appointment or video call. If appropriate, a licensed medical provider will send your prescription to the pharmacy of your choice. This makes Dr. B a convenient and affordable online health service for effective hypertension treatment.
Medical information reviewed by Dr. Sudip Bose
Sudip Bose, MD is a world-leading emergency medicine physician, combat veteran, professor, and entrepreneur. With a wide variety of experience, Dr. Bose is focused on endeavors with large-scale health and educational impact. He founded The Battle Continues, a nonprofit assisting veterans with healthcare needs. Dr. Bose is also a clinical professor at Texas Tech and University of Illinois College of Medicine. He is a graduate of the honors program at Northwestern University, where he continued his medical school education at The Feinberg School of Medicine.
Not everyone will experience side effects when taking this medication. Common side effects that do present are often mild. These include:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Stomach pain
- Difficulty sleeping
- Unusual dreams
- Vision changes
- Mental/mood changes or depression
- Decreased libido
- Erectile dysfunction
If you experience any of these and they don’t get worse or go away, speak with your medical provider. Tell your health provider immediately if you experience mental or mood changes, fainting, unusual bruising or bleeding, blue fingers or toes, numbness or tingling in your legs or arms or extreme thirst or urination. Also, report cardiac symptoms like swelling in your ankles or feet, shortness of breath, unusual weight gain or a very slow heartbeat.
Don’t drive until you know how this medicine affects you. Be extra careful in the first hours after taking your pill because of the risk of dizziness or lightheadedness.
Getting your blood tested regularly is important to monitor your overall health. It's a good idea to have your bloodwork checked, which may include tests for renal function, glucose levels or potassium levels in your blood. These routine checks help ensure you are in good health and catch any potential issues early.