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Beta-blockers reduce the workload on the heart and help it to beat more regularly
               



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What is this medicine?

PROPRANOLOL (proe PRAN oh lole) is a beta- blocker. Beta- blockers reduce the workload on the heart and help it to beat more regularly. This medicine is used to treat high blood pressure, to control irregular heart rhythms (arrhythmias) and to relieve chest pain caused by angina. It may also be helpful after a heart attack. This medicine is also used to prevent migraine headaches, relieve uncontrollable shaking (tremors), and help certain problems related to the thyroid gland and adrenal gland.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • circulation problems or blood vessel disease
  • diabetes
  • history of heart attack or heart disease, vasospastic angina
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • lung or breathing disease, like asthma or emphysema
  • pheochromocytoma
  • slow heart rate
  • thyroid disease
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to propranolol, other beta- blockers, medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your the advice of your doctor or health care professional.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
  • feverfew
  • phenothiazines like chlorpromazine, mesoridazine, prochlorperazine, thioridazine
  • sotalol

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • aluminum hydroxide gel
  • antipyrine
  • barbiturates like phenobarbital
  • cimetidine
  • ciprofloxacin
  • diazepam
  • fluconazole
  • haloperidol
  • isoniazid
  • medicines for cholesterol like cholestyramine or colestipol
  • medicines to control heart rhythm
  • medicines for high blood pressure
  • medicines for HIV
  • medicines for mental depression
  • medicines for migraine headache like almotriptan, eletriptan, frovatriptan, naratriptan, rizatriptan, sumatriptan, zolmitriptan
  • NSAIDs, medicines for pain and inflammation, like ibuprofen or naproxen
  • phenytoin
  • rifampin
  • teniposide
  • theophylline
  • thyroid medicines
  • tolbutamide
  • warfarin
  • zileuton

               
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