This medication is a beta blocker, which is used to treat high blood pressure. It is also known as Propanolol HCL.
How it works
Since this medication is a beta blocker, it naturally works by blocking the operation of certain natural chemicals in the body. This especially includes chemicals such as epinephrine which affect the heart and blood vessels.
This drug is primarily used to treat hypertension. However, it can also be used to prevent chest pain or migraine headaches. You must not use this medication when experiencing migraines or angina attacks. This medication is also useful in treating irregular heartbeats and tremors. It is useful in increasing the chances of survival after a heart attack as well.
The dosage and the dose schedule will be determined by your doctor according to the uniqueness of your condition and the way you respond to the treatment. This drug is taken once a day, generally at bedtime. When consuming this medication in the form of capsules, it is important to swallow the capsule whole. Do not chew or crush it under any circumstance. Although it is possible for you to take this medication with or without food, it is best to stick to one method.
In order to experience the full benefits of this medication, you need to consume the drug as regularly as possible. Do not miss your doses under any circumstances. Taking the dose at the same time every day will help you to remember them.
It is important for you to take this medication even if you feel well. Keep in mind that most individuals with hypertension do not necessarily feel sick. So, you must take this drug even if you do not feel sick. It can take up to 1 week for this medication to work. So, follow your dose schedule closely.
When your body begins to adjust to this drug, you will experience a number of unpleasant side effects. These include:
Although you may not experience all of these side effects, it is important to look out for them.
There is a chance for you to get affected by some severe side effects as well. These are:
Shortness of breath
Very slow heartbeat
Tingling in the arms/legs
Sudden weight gain
Decreased sexual ability
If you do experience any of the above, do not hesitate to inform a physician immediately.
It is highly important for you to follow the precautionary methods given below in order to avoid unpleasant side effects of this medication.
Avoid tobacco use and make sure to dress warmly.
Inform your healthcare provider if you are allergic to any of the ingredients used in this medication.
If you are having a surgery, inform the surgeon about all the medications that you are currently taking.
When you get from a sitting or lying position, get up slowly. This will reduce the likelihood of experiencing lightheadedness.
When you are pregnant, only use this medication when it is absolutely essential. Do not overuse this drug during this time period.
Since this drug can be passed on to infants via breast milk, it is important to discuss the matter with a physician first.