Generic name: Propranolol
Brand name: Inderal, Innopran and Hemangeol
The medication Propranolol under the brand name Inderal is an over the counter medication used for the treatment of high blood pressure. Inderal is a beta blocker that works by changing the response to nerve impulses in the heart.
Inderal (Propranolol) Uses
Inderal is used for the treatment of increased levels of blood pressure. The medication is also used for the treatment of migraines, chest pain, tremors, thickened heart muscles, kidney problems and rare tumor known as pheochromocytoma. The medication works by obstructing the chemical in the body that influence the blood vessels and heart, it reduces blood pressure and heart rate. It can also treat hypothyroidism and anxiety symptoms. The medication is taken through mouth as instructed by the doctor or pharmacist mostly 2 to 4 times daily. The dosage will depend upon the response to the treatment and complete medical examination.
Inderal (Propranolol) Adverse effects
Common and severe side effects can occur from the medications. Tell your doctor right away if you have any side effects that are getting severe and get immediate medical help.
The common side effects that usually don’t need instant help from the medication includes irritability, restlessness, dry mouth, anxiety, drowsiness, hair loss, weakness, diarrhea and sleeping problems.
The severe side effects include slow heart beat, mood swings, numbness, weight gain, fainting, shortness of breathing, hallucination, blue fingers, reduced sexual abilities, confusion, stomach pain, chest tightness, allergic reactions and cold hands and feet.
Inderal (Propranolol) Precautions
Before taking Inderal tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to medications as this product contains some inactive ingredients that can cause serious allergic reactions. If you have any certain medical history tell your doctor specifically heart problem, kidney disease, overactive thyroid glands, liver disease, mental disorders, heart rhythm problem, breathing problems, blood circulation problems and certain nerve disease. Avoid driving and machinery work or anything that needs alertness as this medication make you drowsy.
Inderal (Propranolol) Interaction
Antipsychotic medications, thioridazine, bupropion, fingolimod, verapamil, albuterol, clonidine and epinephrine can interact with Inderal. The drug interaction affects the working of the medication and increase the risk of serious side effects.
If you are taking medication for the treatment of other health problems including over the counter and non prescription medications, herbal supplements and vitamin tell your doctor or pharmacist before taking the medication.