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Propranolol is the generic form of several brand medications, including Inderal, InnoPran, and Propranolol HCI Intensol. It’s a type of beta-blocking medication that treats a variety of heart and circulation problems, including chest pain (angina), high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, and other circulation problems. Propranolol is also successful in treating and preventing heart attacks, and it’s effective for reducing the frequency and severity of migraines.
How Does It Work?
If you've ever had to suffer through the pain of a migraine, then you understand the importance of finding a medicine that works to put a stop to it. Propranolol can do that pretty effectively. It's a beta-blocker, which means that it works by targeting the response between nerve impulses in different parts of the body, such as the heart. For individuals with hypertension, a beta-blocker will slow down the heart's response, resulting in a slower heartbeat and decreased blood pressure.
Oxygen and blood levels increase in the heart with lower blood pressure. Since studies suggest that migraines are a result of constriction and higher blood pressure flowing through the blood vessels in the brain, beta-blockers have become a successful preventative measure for treating migraines.
The dosage and type of tablet of Propranolol your doctor prescribes can differ between you and other patients. If you're taking long-acting Propranolol, the tablets should be taken whole without breaking, crushing, or chewing them. If you're prescribed extended-release tablets, take them at bedtime. You can take it with or without food, but you need to take it the same way every time. Speak with your doctor or a provider at Nurx™ to determine if Propranolol is right for you.
Is Propranolol Easy to Get?
Propranolol, like other hypertension medications for migraine prevention, is easy to get when you speak with a healthcare provider about your migraines. While Nurx doesn't carry Propranolol, we do have a range of other antihypertensive generic solutions for migraine treatment. Speak with your doctor or one of our Nurx providers about alternatives to Propranolol.
At Nurx, we make it simple and hassle-free to meet with a licensed provider and get the healthcare you need. Simply take a health assessment so our team providers can help you find the best treatment option for you. Best of all, whether you are planning to use health insurance or not, Nurx has you covered. Many of the migraine prevention medications are covered by most insurances, and we have a comprehensive migraine treatment program to fit your needs.
What Are Some Precautions I Need to Take While Taking Propranolol?
As with any medication you start, you should speak with your doctor about possible interactions between other medications you take. This includes any over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Propranolol, like many other beta-blockers, comes with some extra precautions, especially concerning other medications. Before taking Propranolol, let your doctor know if you're taking any medications like the following:
Prescription pain medication.
Narcotics or barbiturates.
Since Propranolol can affect these types of central nervous system depressant drugs, it's best to let your healthcare provider know if you're planning to have any medical procedures, including dental procedures, that require anesthetics before taking Propranolol.
Even though studies show Propranolol doesn't cause harm during pregnancy, it's still important to talk to your doctor before taking Propranolol if you're pregnant or planning to become pregnant. On the other hand, Propranolol can pass through breastmilk, so if you're breastfeeding, your doctor may help you find another migraine treatment option. You'll also need to discuss any medical problems or history of medical issues you have with your doctor before taking Propranolol, including:
Low blood sugar.
Low blood pressure.
Depression or anxiety.
Kidney or liver disease.
As with any new prescription, monitor any concerns you have when you start taking your medication and stay on top of regular checkups to help your doctor evaluate the success of your migraine treatment.
Are There Any Side Effects to Taking Propranolol?
Just like other antihypertensive medications, Propranolol can have some side effects in some people but no side effects in others. That being said, some common side effects you might experience include:
Feeling overly tired, dizzy, lightheaded, or low energy.
Cold or tingling fingers and toes.
Ringing in the ears (called tinnitus).
Nausea, stomach cramps, or loss of strength.
Trouble sleeping, strange dreams, or nightmares.
These symptoms are often short-lived as you get used to taking Propranolol, but if they concern you or you experience any of the common symptoms for more than several days, talk to your doctor.
Propranolol can also have several serious side effects. Although these are very rare, you should contact your healthcare provider immediately if you experience:
Shortness of breath or wheezing.
Chest pain or tightening in the chest.
Swollen legs or ankles.
What Other Important Information Should I Know About Propranolol?
Before taking Propranolol, it's important to discuss any other medications you're taking or might be taking with your doctor. This is because Propranolol and its brand-name varieties can interact negatively with other drugs. Some medications you'll want to let your provider know about when discussing Propranolol as a treatment option include:
Other high blood pressure medications.
Medications for irregular heartbeat such as Flecainide or Amiodarone.
Medications for Parkinson's disease, such as Levodopa.
Medicines for asthma or COPD.
Diabetes medications, including insulin.
NSAIDs like Ibuprofen and Naproxen.
Allergy medications, including antihistamines.
Just like other prescriptions, it's important to keep track of everything you're taking and to make note of any changes you feel when taking your medicines.
How Do I Get a Prescription for Propranolol Through Nurx?
Propranolol isn't available through Nurx, however, several related antihypertensive drugs are. Since antihypertensive medications have been successful at preventing and reducing the frequency and severity of migraine headaches, Nurx provides several types as part of your migraine treatment plan. Simply complete our online health assessment through the Nurx platform so one of our team providers can evaluate your unique health needs. We'll help you get the medicine you need when you need it.
Can I Buy This Drug Online Through Nurx?
You can purchase another antihypertensive medication online through Nurx once one of our medical providers has reviewed your health history and prescribed the right medication for you. When you order through Nurx, your migraine treatment might consist of medication to relieve pain, any medicine you need to take daily, and nausea relieving medication if you need it. If you know of something that worked for you in the past, share that information in your health assessment so your Nurx provider can better help you get the treatment you need.
How Long Will It Take to Deliver This Medication If I Buy It Online?
At Nurx, we know what it means to need fast pain relief for migraines. The sooner you can start your prevention, the better. That's why Nurx works with you quickly to evaluate your health assessment and get your prescriptions delivered to you fast. We provide free shipping through the USPS, using either one- or three-day priority delivery. After our pharmacy fills your prescription, you'll have your medication within a few days.
Who Makes This Drug?
Propranolol is produced under several different brand names and manufactured by the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca.
Does Propranolol Cause Tinnitus?
Yes, in fact, many beta-blockers have been known to cause tinnitus. This may or may not increase along with your dosage, however, if you experience tinnitus or significant high-frequency hearing loss or discomfort, speak with your doctor about your concerns.
How Long Will I Need to Take It?
Propranolol is designed as a preventative medication. That said, for effectively preventing migraines, you'll most likely need to take Propranolol on a long-term basis to experience the benefits from it.
Are There Any Diet Restrictions?
While there are no food restrictions while taking Propranolol, you'll want to be sure you take your medication the same way each time you take it, either with food or without. You should also avoid drinking alcohol when taking Propranolol, as it can cause your blood pressure to drop too low. Some vitamins and minerals may also inhibit Propranolol from working effectively.
Can I Continue a Normal Routine?
Absolutely. As long as you take Propranolol as directed and during a time of day when you know that any side effects you experience won't obstruct your daily tasks, you're free to go about your normal routine.
How Does Nurx work?
Nurx is a telehealth services platform offering easy online access to doctors and seamless delivery of medications. No more time-consuming trips to the clinic and no more frantic pharmacy runs. We put you in control of your own health, empowering you to get the care you need, when you need it. From diagnosis to delivery of prescriptions, we make every part of getting healthy and staying healthy, better. For more information and to signup, visit www.nurx.com and follow us @nurxapp on Twitter and Instagram.
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