Propranolol

Propranolol

If you suffer bouts of anxiety, panic, hand tremors, hypertension, chest pains (angina), migraine headaches, heart rhythm disorders and some cardiovascular circulatory problems, your doctor could prescribe Propranolol, considered a pioneering breakthrough as a beta blocker when it was first discovered in the 60s. The generic name is Propranolol Hydrochloride and is marketed under various brands by several drug companies like Sandoz, Wyeth and AstraZenea (Inderal LA, Deralin, Sumial, InnPran XL, Bedrano SR, etc). Propranolol is available as a tablet, an oral capsule with extended release, oral solution, and oral concentrate. You can buy any of these or go for the generic Propranolol Hydrochloride from any UK online drugstores, with or without prescription.
Synonyms: Inderal

Recommended Adult dosage

The dosages below for various ailments the drug can treat are just guides and it is advised that you consult with your doctor to ensure that the dosage is right for you or your child's specific health condition. This can be your basis for ordering the right amount when you buy Propranolol in any UK online drugstores.

-For Hypertension: Initial dose of 40 mg twice a day or 80 mg once a day administered close to bedtime;
-For Angina Pectoris: Total daily dose of 80-320 mg 2-4 times daily;
-For Arrhythmias: Total of 10 mg 3-4 times daily administered prior to meals and before bedtime;
-For Myocardial Infarction: Total of 180 to 240 mg each day spread over 3 to 4 doses;
-For Migraine Prophylaxis: Initial does of 90 mg per day followed by a maintenance dose of 160-240 mg daily spread over a number of doses over the day;
-For Benign Essential Tremor: Initial dose of 40 mg twice each day and a maintenance dose of 120 -320 md per day -For Aortic Stenosis: Total of 20-40 mg taken 3-4 times daily, before meals and bedtime;
-For Pheochromocytoma: Preoperative dose of 60 mg per day 3 days prior to surgery, and 30 mg per day for managing inoperable tumor;

Recommended Pediatric dosage

-For Arrhythmias: Initial dose of 0.5 to 1 mg/kg per day every 6-9 hours followed by a maintenance dose of 2-4 mg/kg per day and may be increased but not to exceed 16 mg/kg per day;
-For Hypertension: Initial dose of 0.5 to 1 mg/kg per day ever 6-12 hours which may be increased gradually every week to achieve a usual dose of 1-5 mg.lg per day up to a maximum of 8 mg/kg per day;
-For Thyrotoxicosis: I2 mg/kg per day every 6-12 hours for infants and 10-40 mg every 8 hours for adolescents.

Side Effects

Propranolol, like any prescriptive drug, is known to cause side effects for some people more than others. The side effects contained here are not comprehensive but if you experience uneven heartbeats, fainting spells and light-headedness, vomiting, shortness of breathe even with mild work, swelling of ankles, severe skin rashes, burning of eyes, abdominal discomfort, yellowing of the yes and skin, dark urine or a cold feeling in your hands or feet, you should get medical help from your doctor right away. Other side effects like depression , hallucinations or confusion can also occur. Less serious side effects may include nausea, diarrhea diminished sex drive, impotence, sleep problems, constipation, or tiredness.

Caution

If you are allergic to Propranolol hydrochloride, suffer from asthma, slow heart rates or any serous heart ailment such as "sick sinus syndrome", you should not take Propranolol. And if you are diabetic, have chronic hypotension, a thyroid disorder, have breathing problems, liver or kidney issues, blood circulation problems and congestive heart condition, be sure to let your doctor know about it before he/she makes a prescription for Propranolol.

Beta blockers are documented to relax heart muscle and constrict the smooth muscle, and have shown additive effects when taken with other drugs to decrease blood pressure, or decrease heart conductivity or contractility. Significant reactions occur with Verapamil, Epinephrine and beta 2 adrenergic receptor agonists such as Formoterol, Slmeterol, Salbutamol, Levosalbutamol, etc. as wellas non-steroidal anti-inflamatory medication, rifampicin, lidocaine, simetidine and clonidine. Co-administration with Fluvoxamine slows metabolism of Propranolol hydrochloride which end up as high levels in the blood. While you can buy Propranolol hydrochloride or its generic equivalent in UK stores without prescription, it is still best to consult with your physician to check if any medication you are taking has the potential to cause problems when taking Propranolol.