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What is Propranolol?
Propranolol belongs to a group of medicines known as beta-blockers. It is used to treat a variety of issues including preventing migraines and treat heart problems, but it is often used to help relieve symptoms of situational anxiety, such as sweating and shaking, by slowing your heart rate down.
How to take Propranolol
Always take this medicine exactly as described in the patient information leaflet or as advised by a doctor or a Chemist 4U pharmacist.
For Situational Anxiety, it is recommended to take 40mg once a day- speak to your doctor or a Chemist 4U pharmacist for recommendations on the correct dosage for your symptoms.
Take with water before meals.
Do NOT stop taking this medicine unless your doctor tells you to stop.
How can propranolol help relieve symptoms of Situational Anxiety?
Propranolol belongs to a group of medicines called beta-blockers which work by changing the way your body responds to some nerve impulses, including your heart. Propranolol slows down your heart rate, which makes it easier for your heart to pump blood around your body. Propranolol can be taken before the situation that triggers anxiety to help reduce symptoms such as fast heart rate, palpitations, shaking and sweating.
What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is a feeling of unease, worry or fear that can be mild or severe. Everyone can feel worried from time to time, but feelings of anxiety can be constant, hard to control and potentially affect daily life.
Symptoms of anxiety include:
- Feeling restless or worried
- Having trouble concentrating or sleeping
- Heart palpitations
Situational anxiety occurs when you experience symptoms of anxiety in a specific circumstance such as public speaking, spending time in a crowd or small spaces. Some people may experience panic attacks or extreme anxiety when triggered by these situations, which can be debilitating and distressing.
When to see a doctor
Although feelings of anxiety can be perfectly normal from time to time, you should seek medical attention if your anxiety is affecting your daily life or causing you distress.
Can you take Propranolol with other medications?
Seek advice from your doctor or a Chemist 4U pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicines especially:
- Medicine to treat heart diseases
- Medicines to treat irregular heartbeat
- Ergotamine derivates or rizatriptan
- Medicines to treat diabetes
- Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)
- Chlorpromazine and thioridazine
- Other medicines to treat high blood pressure
- Monoamine-oxidase inhibitors
- Medicines to clear excess water from the body
- Medicines to treat high blood pressure or difficulty passing urine
- Smoking tobacco
When should this medicine NOT be used?
Do NOT take this product if you are allergic to any of the ingredients (see ingredients tab for full list) or if you:
- Have untreated/uncontrolled heart failure or are in shock caused by heart problems
- Suffer with heart conduction or rhythm problems
- Have a slow heart rate
- Have low blood pressure
- Suffer from severe blood circulation problems
- Suffer from diabetes mellitus and increased acidity of the blood
- Are on a strict fasting diet
- Suffer from a tight, painful feeling in the chest in periods of rest
- Suffer from asthma or any other breathing difficulties
- Suffer from untreated phaeochromocytoma
Speak to your doctor or a Chemist 4U pharmacist if you:
- Have a history of allergic reactions
- Suffer with muscle weakness
- Have a heart weakness or first-degree heart block
- Have kidney or liver disease
- Suffer from blood circulation problems
- Have symptoms of hyperthyroidism
- Suffer with or have a history of psoriasis
- Suffer from Raynaud’s disease
- Are elderly
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody experiences them. The following side effects may happen with this medicine.
Common (may affect up to 1 in 10 people)
- Cold fingers and toes
- The heart beating more slowly
- Numbness and spasm in the fingers which is followed by warmth and pain
- Disturbed sleep/nightmares
- Nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea
This is not an exhaustive list, see the patient information leaflet for a full list of side effects.
Do I need a prescription for Propranolol?
You do need a prescription for Propranolol in the UK. Our healthcare professionals can provide prescriptions if they think this treatment would be right for you and your condition. When you click the button which reads “Start Consultation” at the top of this page, you’ll see a short questionnaire set up by our healthcare team which is designed to help them understand your medical needs. Just like an in-person consultation with your GP, our doctors will assess your answers to their questions and write a prescription for the treatment they think will be best for you. You’ll then be able to pay for your medication and we’ll send it out to you quickly and in discreet packaging.
This product is a medicine; make sure to speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist before taking this product if you have an underlying medical problem or are taking any other medicine or complementary therapy. If your symptoms get worse or continue after taking this product, contact us or your doctor. For medical services in your area, please refer to https://www.nhs.uk
If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, speak to your doctor or our pharmacist before taking this product. If you suffer from any allergies, ask your doctor or our pharmacist if this medicine is right for you.
Store all medicines out of sight and reach of children.
Please read the included leaflet carefully before using this product.
Please contact your GP if appropriate regarding this product.
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- Propranolol Hydrochloride
The active ingredient is propranolol hydrochloride. Each film-coated tablet contains 10 mg
The other ingredients are: maize starch lactose monohydrate cellulose microcrystalline (E460) magnesium stearate Composition of the tablet coating, hypromellose (E464) cellulose microcrystalline (E460) acetylated monoglycerides and diglycerides titanium dioxide (E171)
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