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 3  Migraine, very high blood pressure Extreme weight gain!!! I always have weighed between 115-120 and I have always been In the gym about 5 days a week and eat very healthy. And in these 5 months my weight went up to 163!!!!!! I couldn't walk breathe or even get up from sitting down because of the weight gain! I felt like I was going to die from the weight gain and I couldn't lose the weight it just kept coming on. I found out it's a beta blocker and stopped it immediately and lost 6 pounds in the first week!! My dr thought I had a thyroid issue and I said I knew it wasn't just as my results came back good. It was the medicine. I am very disappointed I loved how it worked for my migraines because when I first took it my migraine disappeared within about an hour and I live with 24/7 headaches or migraines that make you literally get sick for a few days. It helped great with my blood pressure which was always around 160- 184/70 which was normal for me. I had no other side effects besides the untreatable rapid weight gain F 40 5 days
40mg 1X D
 3  Anxiety, high blood pressure Numb feeling feeling off and little trouble breathing.cold hands and feet It seems to work ok the first couple hours then it's like nothing F 32 6 days
20mg 2X D
 5  Anxiety I was recently prescribed 40MG once a day to help treat my panic attacks before I wasn't taking anything for my anxiety I would experience a fear where I would think I'm going to die and become really paranoid of going out in case someone will harm me I would get a racing heart beat and start to sweat and shake it was a scary feeling I thought I was going to have a heart attack and every time I was in social situations I would start to feel my anxiety attacks coming on it is a scary experience having anxiety since being on this medication I feel more spaced out and relaxed and can control my anxiety very well I experience some common side effects these are slight dizziness when I stand up tiredness and mild nausea but apart from that I am having a good experience on this medication F 24 2 years
40MG 1X D
 1  Migranes Horrible drug. Insomnia, eyes hurt, itchy. Anxiety worsened. Palpitations. Heart pain. Hands and feet hurt. Rash on foot. Palpitations and hear pain still there but seem to be subsiding after two weeks of tapering off. F 66 2 months
40 mg 2X D
 1  Anxiety Hypoglycemia.. It almost killed me. I abruptly stopped taking it. I know that I wasn't suppose to do that but I take my diabetes very seriously and would rather deal with my anxiety in a more natural way. If you're taking it for anxiety, please find a better solution. F 30 4 days
20mg 1X D
 4  Anxiety Shortness of breath at first but this disappeared after a while, cold hands and feet, tiredness Absolutely amazing for controlling panic attacks, went from several a week to a few a month with much less severity, allows me to do all the things my panic attacks stopped me from doing for years! F 18 5 months
 5  Palpitations/anxiety Cold hands/fingers Minor hallucinations I was experiencing severe palpitations every single day from the afternoon up until I'd fall asleep at night. They would distract me from work (I'm a medical assistant) and affect my relationship with my significant other. The palpitations were so severe that they would cause anxiety, which in turn would my my palpitations worse. Propranolol HCL has helped tremendously. I took approx 3 weeks to take effect, but it was so worth it. In the past 2 weeks, I've experienced my episodes only twice. From every day to twice in 14 days? DEFINITELY worth it. F 23 1.5 months
10mg 3X D
 1  Essential tremor and high blood pre Only lowering bp some and whole body shaking Been taking 20mg propranolol for 15 years. When I went in to fill my 2015 script I was told the generic I was taking was discontinued, and needed to buy the new generic propranolol at 10x's the price. The 20mg was no longer working to lower bp. Last doctor said I should take 60mg. At 40mg I developed whole body shaking. Every time I reduce to 15mg or stop taking it, the tremor stops. Now doctor says it is from my thyroid meds. Been on same thyroid since 2011, and prior to new generic propranolol, never got shaking from the thyroid meds. In 2016 was able to get a hold of 30 days of old stock propranolol, and at 40mg Inderal LA, bp down and no shaking. F 66 2 years
 4  Anxiety Confusion. Works great for anxiety, but it does make it hard for me to gather my thoughts. I use this as an alternative of Klonopin which I have become physically addicted to. M 26 4 months
40 MG 1X D
 1  Hypertension Terrible headache. Nothing I take to get rid of headache from this drug works. My eyes hurt bad as well. I was given 40mg taken twice daily but started slow with only 20. Thank God. The other dose would have been deadly. My head is killing me and we feel it's this drug. Going off this today and back to Topral 25mgs x2 per day. I had high hopes for this new drug working better to lower BP but side effects are bad. I'll give Topral a longer chance F 40 7 days
40 Bid
 1  GAD RAPID weight gain, hair loss, lethargy. It slowed down the heart rate a bit, but it also slowed down everything else! After 6 months of watching my weight go up (weekly!) no matter what I did and experiencing the other horrible side effects I listed, I finally gave up and weaned off of this drug. Don't take this if you don't want to gain weight quickly, lose hair, and feel tired all the time! It's not worth it! F 58 6 months
30 1X D
 5  In youth, migraines, then BP In my 20s and 30s, 60mg propranolol ER made me dizzy, so I had to take low doses of the short acting version. Later, I also took it to reduce the intensity & cycle of panic attacks. Now, it GREATLY reduces the frequency & intensity of perimenopausal hot flashes in addition to slowing the progression of renal disease. Has been used very successfully used to treat PTSD, but that treatment has a specific protocol, INCLUDING at least 6 therapy sessions. F 51 10 years
 5  Headaches If I take it during the day it makes my eyes burn as I have chronic dry eye to begin with. Made me sweat terribly also. Seems like it makes it hard to lose weight.....I am going to go off it and see if thats the culprit. Totally gets rid of my headaches which I would wake up with if I take it at night. Works very well even at this low dose of 5mg. F 52 6 months
5mg 1X D
 5  High B.P. & Essential Tremor Don't really notice any. Very pleased with this (5th) drug I've tried to control high blood pressure. It keeps my blood pressure at a normal level and controls my essential tremor, somewhat. I tolerate this medication very well. F 68 7 years
80 mg 1X D
 5  rapid heart rate No side effects. I take 20mg three times a day. F 60 8 years
60mg daily
 5  Severe TBI,headaches for 29 years A little dry mouth but nothing else Stopped my migraines cold !!! Did not stop cronic headaches from TBI though. M 52 6 years
100 1X D
 5  High Blood Pressure, Migraines Difficulty breathing and shortness of breath if I accidentally take 2 per day. Severe migraine if I miss a dose. This drug has NORMALIZED my life. I suffer from crippling migraines and I have had none since I started on this. F 30 2 years
120 MG 1X D
 4  High Blood Pressure Tired during the day and difficulty going to sleep. Fitful sleep. I'm on a very low dose. Dr. wanted me to take 40 mg 2Xday. On that dose I was light headed, dizzy, and fell down a few times. I adjusted my own dose. Drs. go by what drug companies tell them; you have to be your own advocate. I have tried a myriad of BP meds and most have side effects I cannot (or will not) tolerate. So far this controls my BP with tolerable side effects. F 54 3 months
10 mg 2X D
 3  PVC's, SVT Caused breathing problems, pvc's, switched to Atenolol and that works much better. Inexpensive. F 37 1 years
50 or 100? 1X D
 2  Essential tremor, anxiety, high BP Insomnia, severe depression, fatigue, no energy, bleeding gums For tremor, anxiety and resultant high BP, my 60-mg propranolol ER dose did not work nearly as well as my husband's 80-mg LA dose which I previously had taken sporadically before I got my own prescription. Also, taking my own 60-mg dose on a regular daily basis gave me EXTREME insomnia. I could only sleep 4 hours a night no matter how tired I was. I tried an Ativan pill to conquer the insomnia, and it worked, but I just don't have enough Ativan pills to be using them every night for insomnia, not to mention the addiction potential of Ativan. The propranolol and resultant extreme fatigue/insomnia worsened my underlying depression significantly to the point where I just quit taking daily propranolol after about two weeks and got motivated to make an appointment with my MD to be put on an antidepressant which I needed anyway. I'm reverting back to just taking regular propranolol, not ER or LA, on an as needed basis and will explore other options for the essential tremor and periodic hypertension brought on by anxiety. F 51 2 weeks
60 mg ER 1X D

PROPRANOLOL HCL  (PROPRANOLOL HYDROCHLORIDE):  This medication is a beta blocker used to treat high blood pressure, irregular heartbeats, shaking (tremors), and other conditions. It is used after a heart attack to improve the chance of survival. It is also used to prevent migraine headaches and chest pain (angina). Lowering high blood pressure helps prevent strokes, heart attacks, and kidney problems. Preventing chest pain can help improve your ability to exercise. This drug works by blocking the action of certain natural chemicals in your body (such as epinephrine) that affect the heart and blood vessels. This effect reduces heart rate, blood pressure, and strain on the heart.   (Sources: U.S. Centers for Medicare Services, FDA)