Propranolol – Medical Facts You Need To Know About This Drug
Propranolol or Propranolol is a non-selective beta blocker that has been used across ages in the treatment of anxiety, hypertension and at panic situations. Propranolol was the first ever beta blocker to be developed and is available in its generic form, Propranolol hydrochloride. The drug has been approved by the Food and drug administration and is marketed by Cipla. The drug is available in the brand names Propranolol LA, Dociton, Propranololici, Deralin, Bedranol SR etc.
Beta Blockers are those agents that regulate the functions of the heart and the circulation of blood across the veins and the arteries. Ithas been successful in the treatment of chest ailments, hypertension, disorders of the rhythm of the heart and other circulatory malfunctions. The drug is also used to treat migraine headaches and as prophylaxis to avoid heart attacks.
How to use Propranolol:
Propranolol is usually consumed orally about 2 to 4 times a day and is best taken before meals. It is also available in liquid form, and needs to be measured appropriately to get the best dose of medicine. Dosages are calculated based on disease condition of patients and their response to propranolol. The medicine needs to be taken at the same time daily and should be consumed regularly for best benefits.
For people who are on anti-cholesterol drugs it is important to take propranolol one hour before taking the medicine. Propranolol is used only to prevent occurrence of heart attacks and should not be used at the event of acute attacks.
Precautions and contraindications:
Propranolol is not indicated for people who are allergic to propranolol and people with known susceptibility to asthma attack and heart blocks. People who are posted for surgeries are to discontinue use of Propranolol for a brief period prior to surgery. This is not an OTC medicine and is to be consumed with medical advice only.
The medicine dosage needs to be tampered before discontinuing dose. Alcohol is to be strictly avoided during the treatment period. It is not known clearly of Propranolol would affect the foetus if consumed by a pregnant women. Propranolol could pass through breast milk and harm the baby.
Benefits of Propranolol:
• On the medical front, Propranolol is used in the management of hypertension, myocardial infarction, Angina, tremors, strokes, migraines etc.
• Used in Psychiatric medicine to treat side effects of anti-psychotic drugs and to control aggressive behaviour of patients.
• It has effective in the treatment of performance anxiety and exertional headaches.
• Propranolol has been used by performers and musicians to control stage fears.
• Investigations are on to prove its stand in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder and in the treatment of cancer.
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