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Inderal® is the brand name for the drug Propranolol. It is used in the treatment of anxiety, panic attacks and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It is also used to treat stage fright and because of this it is on the list of banned substances for Olympic athletes. Inderal is also being studied for use in aggressive behavior in traumatic brain injuries.
Inderal is a non selective beta blocker which means it blocks the action of both epinephrine and norepinephrine on adrenergic receptors. This reduces heart rate and blood pressure causing calmness and relaxation.
Inderal is taken orally in liquid form between 2 and 4 times daily and is also available in capsules or tablets. Full benefit is usually seen after 2 weeks of use.
Side effects should be reported to patient’s health care provider. Side effects of Inderal include:
The following serious side effects necessitate an immediate visit to a health care provider:
This may not be a complete list of side effects and patients taking Inderal should contact their health care provider with any unusual reactions to this medication.
Anyone taking Inderal should consider possible needed precautions or interactions with other medications. Patients taking Inderal should not suddenly discontinue use as sudden stoppage can cause chest pain or even heart attack.
Further, anyone taking Inderal should be sure to follow the following precautions:
Inderal may not be the best medication if the patient:
For more information about Inderal or to determine if Inderal is the best medication for you, please consult your health care provider.
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