However, your doctor may also prescribe Propanolol for other conditions if found appropriate.
How to use Propanolol
The ideal way to use Propanolol is to follow the instructions of your doctor. An alternative way is to check the medicine label for dosage instructions.
Propanolol may be taken with or without a meal.
Preferably, Propanolol should be taken at the same time each day to help maintain a regular routine for taking it.
You must not stop taking Propanolol without consulting your doctor even if you attain relief after a short while post starting treatment.
Drug Class and Mechanism
Propanolol is a beta blocker that slows down the action of pacemaker cells and helps in curing arrhythmic conditions of the heart.
It is important that you maintain a strict schedule for taking Propanolol to ensure that you do not miss any doses. But if you do, then you may take it as soon as you remember provided that you space out the next dosage accordingly.
On the other hand, if it is almost time for the next dose, then omit this dose and continue with your normal dosage schedule.
Never consume two doses to compensate for a missed dosage.
Store Propanolol between 68 to 77 degrees F (15 and 25 Degrees), at room temperature. Ensure that you protect it from direct exposure to heat/moisture/light and from the reach of children and pets.
Avoid storing Propanolol in the bathroom.
A Propanolol overdose may have certain adverse symptoms like, which may require immediate medical attention. So please contact your doctor immediately if you suspect that the patient has overdosed on Propanolol.
Although there are no reported cases of a Propanolol overdose, you must contact your doctor immediately if you suspect an overdose.
Consult your doctor before using Propanolol if you have conditions like, if you have any kind of allergies to food items, medicines or other substances, if you are using some kind of herbal preparation, dietary supplement, prescription or non prescription drug.
Do not use Propanolol if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in it (read medicine label if unsure), you have moderate to severe heart block, uncontrolled heart failure, shock caused by serious heart problems, very slow heartbeat with heart block, or very low blood pressure after a heart attack; you have asthma or Raynaud syndrome; the patient is a child with diabetes or heart failure, you are taking mibefradil.
You must avoid taking alcoholic beverages while using Propanolol as it can increase the chances of becoming drowsy, faint or dizzy. Potentially hazardous tasks like driving, handling heavy machinery should also be avoided.
Patients undergoing treatment for high blood pressure often report a feeling of being worn out and tired for the first few weeks of the treatment cycle. If you experience this, then do not stop taking Propanolol suddenly without consulting your doctor.
Do not use a salt substitute or a product with potassium in it without consulting your doctor first.
If you are pregnant or have plans for a pregnancy, then consult your doctor before using Propanolol as Propanolol may harm your fetus.
If you are breast feeding then please maintain caution as it is unknown whether Propanolol is passed into the breast milk. So please consult your doctor prior to using it.
At the same time, long term usage has been known to lead to a second infection. Inform your doctor promptly if this occurs because your medication may be changed to treat it.
Propanolol can interact with certain medicines. So, you must inform your doctor if you are taking
Propanolol may affect your blood sugar level so please monitor your blood sugar under the supervision of your doctor. It may also cause typical low blood sugar symptoms like dizziness, drowsiness, sweating, rapid heartbeat etc. If you notice these symptoms then take a quick source of sugar like candy or soda to return your blood sugar levels to normalcy and then contact your doctor.
You must inform your doctor or your dentist about Propanolol before you undergo treatment or any emergency surgery.
Propanolol is known to affect the results of certain lab tests like the glaucoma screening test and dobutamine stress echocardiography.
You may be required to undergo certain lab tests including blood pressure and heart function tests while taking Propanolol. These tests are prescribed to monitor the progress as well as the severity of side effects. Please do not miss any lab appointments.
Propanolol is known to make the skin more sensitive to sunlight. So excessive sun exposure without using protection (sunscreen or protective clothing) or exposure to tanning booths and sunlamps must be avoided.
Please maintain caution while using Propanolol in children and elderly patients as the safety as well as effectiveness of Propanolol in these patients are yet to be ascertained.