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Propranolol

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Propranolol is a medicine that belongs to the beta-blocker family of medications. It has several uses due to the effects it has on the heart and circulation, but is often prescribed to treat event-specific anxiety, also known as situational anxiety.

Propranolol is helpful for people that struggle with anxiety that surround certain situations or events, for example, if you have phobias such as flying or heights, or if you suffer from stage fright.

You can buy propranolol from Doctor4U if you need it. You just need to complete a short consultation form which will ask you to answer some questions about your symptoms first.

See Propranolol Tablets Patient Information Leaflet

Last PIL Review Date: 13/10/2020

Prices start at £13.99 for 28 tablets

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Propranolol hydrochloride

Propranolol hydrochloride is a generic drug that’s used to treat multiple conditions. It has effects on the heart and circulation, so is useful for medical problems where these functions don’t work as they should.

Sometimes, propranolol is prescribed to treat situational anxiety in patients where breathing techniques and coping mechanisms aren’t as effective as they need to be.

Propranolol hydrochloride is only available on prescription, and can’t be bought over the counter from a pharmacy or supermarket. However, if you want to buy propranolol, you can do so online via Doctor4U. Our service doesn’t just provide medication, but our GMC doctors also generate a prescription for you if they approve your consultation form. Without long waiting lists to see a GP, your propranolol could be with you the next day as long as you order before 2pm.

Propranolol for anxiety

Propranolol is used for anxiety when breathing techniques and coping mechanisms fail to work. However, it’s important to know that propranolol isn’t suitable for all types of anxiety – only when symptoms are specific to certain events or situations.

Some people buy propranolol thinking that it will get rid of their worries, but unfortunately, this isn’t the case. However, the good news is that propranolol can help to ease physical symptoms of anxiety such as a racing heartbeat, shaking, and sweating. By reducing these symptoms, your body should physically calm down, which may in turn have a soothing effect on your mind.

Propranolol shouldn’t be taken every day for anxiety – only during situations where your anxiety tends to peak. If you find that you’re taking propranolol often, you should make an appointment to see your GP as there may be a more suitable treatment available for you and your symptoms.

How does propranolol work for anxiety?

The main action of propranolol is to reduce heart rate and improve blood flow, which can help during times that your anxiety peaks. Whilst it can’t stop you from overthinking or worrying, propranolol works for anxiety by relieving the physical symptoms that often accompany the mental aspect of nervousness.

Propranolol actually works and achieves these results by blocking the effects that norepinephrine and epinephrine (also known as the hormone adrenaline) have on your body. These chemicals are known as stress hormones, and they’re involved in the physical aspects of anxiety such as a racing heart, sweating, shaking, and sometimes, palpitations. When these effects are blocked by propranolol, your body ends up being much calmer, which in some cases, can help your worries to settle, though it’s important to know that this is a secondary effect of propranolol and not the main action of the drug.

Propranolol uses

Propranolol has many uses, and helps thousands of people in the UK with a number of conditions.

As well as being prescribed for anxiety, propranolol is also used for:

  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Some arrhythmias)
  • Post-heart attack treatment)
  • Migraines )
  • Essential termor)
  • Phaeocromocytoma )
  • Some thyroid issues)
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy)
  • Oesophageal bleeding caused by hypertension in the liver)

These are all licensed uses for propranolol, but if you suffer with any of the above conditions, it’s a good idea to check with your GP that its safe for you to take, as you might already be on a similar medication.

Propranolol 40mg

Propranolol 40mg is the general prescribed propranolol dosage for anxiety, and should be taken once a day when you experience symptoms of anxiety. If you feel as though you need it, you may be able to take propranolol 40mg up to three times per day, though you should discuss this with a doctor or pharmacist before deciding to increase your dose on your own.

It’s important not to exceed the propranolol dosage for anxiety, as due to the way it works, it could have adverse effects on the rest of your body, as well as increasing your risk of experiencing side effects.

Propranolol can be taken with or without food, but as with all tablets, it should be taken with a glass of water.

How quickly does propranolol work for anxiety?

When you’re feeling anxious, you want something that’s going to work fast to calm your nerves. Luckily, propranolol is a fairly fast-acting drug, and you should be able to notice an improvement in your physical symptoms within an hour of taking it.

Because of this, if you know you’re going to be taking part in an activity that usually causes you to be anxious, you should take propranolol around an hour before you begin so that the physical symptoms are under control by then.

Propranolol NHS

Propranolol is available on the NHS to treat all of the conditions that it’s licenced for. However, your doctor may not prescribe propranolol to you if your anxiety is more generalised. In this case, it isn’t the most suitable treatment for you, and you may be offered SSRIs such as sertraline instead to help with your symptoms on a day to day basis.

If your anxiety is purely situational and it doesn’t usually affect you in your everyday life, your GP may well prescribe propranolol to you on the NHS.

Is Propranolol safe?

Propranolol is safe for most people, but as with all prescription medicines, there are certain groups of people that either have to avoid it, or ask a medical professional for advice before taking it. If you have any of the following medical conditions or requirements, you should avoid buying propranolol completely until you’ve spoken to your own GP about the suitability of the medicine along with your health conditions:

Allergic to propranolol
Shock caused by heart problems
Heart failure
2nd or 3rd degree heart blocks
Heart conduction or rhythm problems
Slow or uneven heart rate
Metabolic acidosis
Fasting diet
Asthma, wheezing or breathing issues
Phaeocromocytoma
Severe blood circulation problems
Prinzmetal’s angina
Very low blood pressure
Pregnant
Breast-feeding
Allergies such as insect stings
Diabetes
Thyrotoxicosis
Kidney problems
Liver problems
Heart problems
Myasthenia gravis
COPD
Bronchospasm

Taking propranolol if you have any of the above conditions can be dangerous, and you should avoid trying any medication for anxiety unless you’ve first discussed it with your GP. Always seek medical advice before starting a new treatment.

As well as not being suitable for some medical conditions, propranolol can interact with other drugs, causing potentially dangerous effects. Because of this, it isn’t advised that you buy propranolol if you’re already taking any of the following medications:

Adrenaline
Amiodarone
Barbiturates
Chlorpromazine
Cimetidine
Dihydroergotamine
Disopyramine
Ergotamine
Fingolimod
Fluvoxamine
Glycosides
Hydralazine
Ibuprofen
Indometacin
Isradipine
Lacidpine
Lidocaine
MAO inhibitors
Nicardipine
Nifedipine
Nislodipine
Propafenone
Quinidine
Rifampicin
Rizatriptan
Theophylline
Thioridazine
Warfarin

Because of the interactions between these medications, you should see your doctor about what you can do for situational anxiety instead of taking propranolol. They may suggest a different type of medication, or even talking therapy to help you develop coping strategies for when you become anxious.

Propranolol side effects

Propranolol can cause side effects in some people, though most that take it for anxiety report that if they do have them, they’re only mild and easy to deal with. However, side effects can affect individuals in different ways, so even if you have a friend that takes propranolol for anxiety, it’s important to know that you many react to it differently.

Below is a list of side effects, ranging from common to very rare. You can find out more information in the patient information leaflet that comes with your order when you buy propranolol. Please make yourself familiar with this so that you understand all of the potential side effects.

Cold fingers and toes
Slowed heart rate
Raynaud’s syndrome
Sleep disturbances and nightmares
Fatigue
Breathlessness
Nausea
Vomiting
Diarrhoea
Worsened breathing issues
Worsened asthma
Heart failure
Angioedema
Dizziness on standing
Worsened circulation
Alopecia
Mood changes
Confusion
Memory loss
Psychosis or hallucinations
Paraesthesia
Visual disturbances
Dry eyes
Skin rash
Purple spots on skin
Bleeding and bruising more easily
Myasthenia gravis
Impotence
Low blood glucose levels
Excessive sweating

If you do experience any side effects that you’re uncomfortable with, or if you find that they outweigh the benefits of the medication, please see your doctor for advice as you may need to stop treatment with propranolol.

Sertraline and propranolol

Many people wonder whether they can take propranolol alongside the popular SSRI, sertraline. There are currently no warnings in the patient information leaflet about using these medicines together, and some patients use them in conjunction with one another.

However, if you’re taking sertraline for anxiety and find that you still need to take propranolol for physical symptoms, it’s a good idea to see your GP to discuss your medication and whether a kind of talking therapy might be beneficial for you.

Coming off propranolol

Some people find that they may be able to stop taking propranolol for anxiety after a while. If this is the case, and you want to start coming off propranolol, you should ask the advice of a pharmacist or doctor before adjusting your dose. If you take it fairly regularly, your GP may want you to start decreasing how much you take during anxious moments, as stopping the treatment abruptly may cause withdrawal symptoms.

If you’re thinking of coming off propranolol but still experience situational anxiety, you should make sure that you have coping strategies in place to deal with your worries and symptoms.

Buy propranolol

You can buy propranolol from Doctor4U if you think that it’s the right treatment for you. We offer both 10mg and 40mg doses, with prices starting from £12.99 for 28 tablets.

Our doctors will be able to determine whether propranolol is a suitable treatment for you based on the answers from your consultation.

If you do decide to buy propranolol, you can select next day delivery at the checkout as long as you place your order before 2pm. We offer this service from Tuesday-Saturday.

When you buy propranolol from Doctor4U, you’re guaranteed a fast, professional and confidential service every time, with parcels shipped in plain packaging.

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Take ONE daily WHEN REQUIRED, if necessary then up to three times daily, if physical symptoms continue please see your GP.
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Propranolol Dosage Quantity Cost Including Consultation
Propranolol 10mg 28 Tablets £13.99
Propranolol 10mg 56 Tablets £20.99
Propranolol 10mg 84 Tablets £29.99
Propranolol 10mg 168 Tablets £59.99
Propranolol 10mg 224 Tablets £79.99
Propranolol 40mg 28 Tablets £13.99
Propranolol 40mg 56 Tablets £20.99
Propranolol 40mg 84 Tablets £29.99
Propranolol 40mg 168 Tablets £59.99
Propranolol 40mg 224 Tablets £79.99

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Active ingredient: Propranolol Hydrochloride
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