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Propranolol are modified-release tablets that are taken to control anxiety on a needs be basis. They are available in 10mg dosage. Complete a consultation online and our partner doctor will check and send straight to the pharmacy for you. To order Propranolol, you should have been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. You can order before 4.30pm and receive your medication the next day. Next day and nominated day delivery across the UK is free of charge.

Propranolol is currently under review by our partner doctor. We have temporarily stopped taking Propranolol orders. We advise that you contact your doctor for an ideal substitute if required. For further information about Propranolol, please continue below, or visit the situational anxiety page.
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What is Propranolol?

Propranolol is classed under the medicine category of beta-blocker that work by blocking the hormone epinephrine, which is more commonly referred to as adrenaline. Due to the nature of this medication, it is clinically proven at reducing the symptoms associated with anxiety.

Propranolol will always be small pink circular tablets that will be film-coated. At HealthExpress we offer the 10mg dosage with a maximum of 28 tablets. They are taken throughout the day making them slow-release pills with the active ingredient propranolol hydrochloride. They can also be used on a needs-be basis. Your doctor will tell you what your dosage and consumption requirement are.

What is a beta-blocker?

Beta-blockers are highly effective at slowing down the heartbeat rate and are therefore successful high blood pressure treatments, however, beta-blockers are also multi-talented and can be used for a wide range of conditions including anxiety.

How to take Propranolol

Taking Propranolol is simple and should be taken daily, even if you are experiencing no symptoms of anxiety. Never stop using Propranolol unless you have discussed this with your doctor as each tablet releases the active ingredient propranolol hydrochloride throughout the day.

The dosages and how to take Propranolol may differ between conditions so ensure you have the right instruction for anxiety before using.

For the 10mg tablets:

  • Take one Propranolol tablet two to three times a day
  • Space out the tablets evenly
  • 10mg tablets can also be taken on a needs be basis before anxiety triggers. For example, before a meeting or social event.

For the 20mg tablets:

  • 20mg Propranolol tablets are often taken on a needs-be basis approximately an hour before you anticipate symptoms of anxiety.
  • Occasionally 20mg tablets can be taken like 10mg on a daily basis. Your doctor will issue the correct quantity and dosage for you.

Further recommendations are detailed below:

  • Take each tablet with water
  • Taking Propranolol before a meal can help reduce side effects
  • Take the tablets at the same time throughout the day

All packets of Propranolol come with the complete patient leaflet should you have any concerns of how to take it for anxiety. If you are unsure, contact your doctor before you begin the treatment. Like food and other medication, Propranolol has an expiry date and this will be stated on the pack as well as the individual blister packs if you should lose the outer packaging.

If you miss a dose

If you forget a Propranolol tablet, take the pill as soon as you remember unless it is near the time of your next tablet. If this is the case, miss the tablet and continue as normal. Never take two tablets at once to make up for a missed dosage.

If you overdose

If you take more than one Propranolol tablet in a short space of time, contact a medical professional as soon as you can. Propranolol causes your heart rate to slow and digesting more tablets than advised can, in rare circumstances, result in a heart attack or coma.

If you have taken too many Propranolol pills at once or in close proximity, you may experience the following symptoms that require immediate attention; nausea, confusion, dizziness, fainting, breathlessness, hallucinations and spasms.

Propranolol Dosages

Propranolol is available in five dosages including 10mg, 20mg, 40mg, 80mg and 160mg tablets. The dosage will depend on the condition you are using Propranolol for. In terms of anxiety, the highest dosage of 160mg is rarely prescribed. The most common dosages for anxiety are 10mg, 20mg and 40mg.

Propranolol Side Effects

Like all medications that are clinically proven, some individuals may experience side effects when taking Propranolol tablets for anxiety. The vast majority of people will be able to use Propranolol without any unwelcomed symptoms.

Common Side Effects of Propranolol

A common side effect is not as common as you would first think. In Propranolol, a side effect classed as common happen in less than one in 10 individuals.

Side effects of Propranolol include tiredness, cold extremities and difficulty sleeping initially. These tend to disappear once you have become accustom to the medication. Odd dreams/nightmares, a slow or irregular heartbeat and Raynaud's syndrome are other side effects of Propranolol that are classed as common.

Uncommon Side Effects of Propranolol

Uncommon side effects happen to less than one in 100 users of Propranolol and they include feeling sick or nausea, vomiting or experiencing diarrhoea. Again, these symptoms tend to disappear after your body has gotten use to the long-term medication.

Rare Side Effects of Propranolol

When a side effect of Propranolol is classed as "rare", this means it will affect less than one in 1,000 individuals. These include increased bruising, nosebleeds and throat problems due to the change in blood cells around the body.

If you have a low blood pressure or heart failure, the likelihood will be that you're not prescribed Propranolol. However, if you are, it is advised to look out for the following symptoms; light-headiness, fainting and intermittent claudication (cramping in the legs, usually caused by exercise). If you experience this symptoms under these circumstances, stop taking Propranolol and contact your doctor.

Other rare side effects of Propranolol include changes to your skin such as dryness, flaking, a rash or the worsening of existing skin conditions like psoriasis. If you have asthma or other chronic breathing conditions, a rare side effect is breathlessness and further difficulty.

If you experience a lessened heart rate or low blood pressure, or an allergic reaction to Propranolol, you must stop taking the tablets immediately and contact a medical professional. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include itching, difficulty breathing and swelling around the face and neck.

Other Side Effects of Propranolol

It is likely that you will experience no side effects when taking Propranolol. Even common side effects are rare. Other symptoms of Propranolol that don't have specific statistics include joint pain, alterations in sex drive, constipation, dry mouth, headaches, depression, changes in blood sugar levels and kidney functioning and signs of hyperthyroidism.

Before taking Propranolol

Propranolol is a prescription medication so a consultation checked by a medical professional is mandatory in the UK. This can be done online here at HealthExpress. A consultation with the same questions that you will be asked in-person can be completed online or over the phone and the correct dosage and quantity will be advised by a doctor before ordering.

Please be advised that if you suffer or experience the following, Propranolol might not be prescribed to you:

  • If you are allergic to any of the ingredients (listed at the bottom of this page)
  • If you have untreated or uncontrolled heart failure
  • If you are in shock and it is causing heart complications
  • If you have angina (Prinzmetal's angina)
  • If you have low blood pressure
  • If you have a slow heartbeat/heart rate
  • If your blood circulation is poor
  • If you have diabetes (diabetes mellitus)
  • If you have increased acidity of the blood
  • If you are fasting or on a similar diet
  • If you are lactose intolerant*

During your consultation, it is important to mention your full medical history so our partner doctor can prescribe Propranolol safely.

*Some individuals can still use Propranolol if they have a lactose intolerance or a sugar intolerance. Please contact your doctor regarding your personal medical history before taking Propranolol so they can establish the level of risk.

Other Propranolol Precautions

Precautions of Propranolol means being extra vigilant, however, the majority of people can still take this pill for anxiety without any complications.

If you find that Propranolol causes dizziness, fatigue and other related symptoms, yet these are minimal for you to still use the medication with ease, it is still advised to take particularly care to ensure your safety. This means avoiding driving and using heavy machinery if you are not 100% focused.

When taking Propranolol, it is advised to avoid alcohol consumption, especially excessive drinking. There should also be extra care taken if you smoke.

Pregnant and breastfeeding

Studies have shown a possible reaction to an unborn baby when taking Propranolol, and the drug also passes into breast milk. It is therefore recommended that expectant mothers and breastfeeding mothers should not take Propranolol. If you would like further information or an alternative for anxiety, contact your doctor at the start of your pregnancy for further information.

Other medications that interact with Propranolol

For the full list of medications that interact negatively with Propranolol, you can review the patient leaflet available with every pack of medication under the 'Precautions' or 'Taking other medicines'. Some migraine, heart and diabetes medications can interact with Propranolol. Other adrenaline medications and mental illness medications can also interfere with the efficiency of Propranolol. Please mention all medications you are taking in your consultation and read the leaflet fully before consumption.

Further information

Propranolol can be used to treat anxiety as well as a number of other conditions including high blood pressure, angina, heart attack prevention, heart tremors, irregular heartbeats or fast heartbeats, a fast heart rate linked to an overactive thyroid gland, migraines and to prevent stomach bleeding. In terms of high blood pressure, Propranolol is particularly used for the condition when it is caused by a tumour in the kidney, pressure of the liver or swollen blood vessels.

At HealthExpress, we supply Propranolol for the use of anxiety only. We do have other high blood pressure medications available if this is the condition you are looking to treat. If you wish to order Propranolol for any other condition than anxiety, please contact your doctor for an appointment.

Storing Propranolol

Medications like Propranolol should always be keep out of reach of children and pets and store away from direct sunlight. The general rule of thumb is to keep Propranolol below 25*C.

To get rid of any Propranolol pills you don't need, take the medication to the local pharmacy to dispose of in a safe and environmentally friendly manner.

Propranolol Ingredients

Each Propranolol tablets contains the following ingredients; lactose, magnesium stearate, maize starch, steric acid, hypromellose (E464), polysorbate, carmoisine (E122), titanium dioxide (E171), iron oxide red (E172) and hypromellose (E464). Lastly, Propranolol contains the active ingredient propranolol hydrochloride in either 10mg or 20mg depending on the dosage you require.

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