Propranolol oral solution is used to treat proliferating infantile hemangioma (benign [noncancerous] growths or tumors appearing on or under the skin shortly after birth) in infants 5 weeks to 5 months of age. Propranolol is in a class of medications called beta blockers. It works by narrowing the blood vessels already formed and by preventing new ones from growing. Propranolol comes as an oral solution (liquid) to take by mouth. Propranolol oral solution is usually taken twice daily (9 hours apart) during or immediately after a meal. Give propranolol solution at around the same time(s) every day. Follow the directions on the prescription label carefully, and ask the doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Do not give your child more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by the doctor. According to the American Academy of Neurology, propranolol (a high blood pressure medication) is considered a "level A" drug, which means it is effective and should be offered by headache specialists to their patients for migraine prevention. While the "how" behind propranolol's role in migraine prevention is largely unclear, experts speculate that as a beta-blocker, propranolol blocks adrenaline (your flight or fight hormone) from binding to blood vessels surrounding the brain. In essence, this relaxes the blood vessels, theoretically thwarting a migraine attack. Keep in mind, though, research suggests that propranolol only works for some people—it's not a magic cure and thus, requires a trial and error process, which can be tedious, but worthwhile for some. Propranolol, known by the brand names Inderal and Inno Pran in the United States, is approved by the Food and Drug Administration for preventing migraines and treating high blood pressure and essential tremor, among other conditions. Propranolol is available as an immediate-release tablet or an extended release capsule. The immediate release tablet should be taken on an empty stomach while the extended release capsule can be taken with or without food (but should be done consistently).
It is sold in the United States under the brand name Inderal. When combined with the diuretic, hydrochlorothiazide, it is sold under the brand name Inderide. Propranolol also is produced as a generic product by a number of generic manufacturers. Propranolol is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of hypertension (high blood pressure), angina, certain types of cardiac arrhythmias, certain types of cardiac output diseases, a sympathetic nervous system disorder known as pheochromocytoma, hyperthyroid conditions, migraine, heart attack, and tremors of a variety of origins. It is also used on occasion for the treatment of medication-induced movement disorders caused by antipsychotic drugs and certain anxiety states in people suffering from a specific form of social phobia . Beta blockers , such as propanolol, are not useful for people with general social phobia who are anxious in most social situations; instead, propanolol may be useful for people who are anxious about specific performance situations, such as presenting a speech before an audience. Propranolol falls into the broad pharmacologic category known as beta blockers. Beta blockers can be helpful in the treatment of the physical symptoms of anxiety, especially social anxiety. Physicians prescribe them to control rapid heartbeat, shaking, trembling, and blushing in anxious situations for several hours. Often social anxiety symptoms are so strong that beta blockers, while helpful, cannot reduce enough of the symptoms to provide relief. Because they can lower blood pressure and slow heart rate, people diagnosed with low blood pressure or heart conditions may not be able to take them. May reduce some peripheral symptoms of anxiety, such as tachycardia and sweating, and general tension, can help control symptoms of stage fright and public-speaking fears, has few side effects. Taken occasionally, propranolol has almost no side effects. Atenolol is longer acting than propranolol and generally has fewer side effects. If taken daily, abrupt withdrawal can cause very high blood pressure. If there is no response, increase to two 50 mg tablets, taken together or divided. Not recommended for patients with asthma or any other respiratory illness that causes wheezing, or for patients with diabetes. Some people may feel a little light-headed, sleepy, short-term memory loss, unusually slow pulse, lethargy, insomnia, diarrhea, cold hands and feet, numbness and/or tingling of fingers and toes. It has less of a tendency to produce wheezing than other beta blockers. Use alcohol with caution, since alcohol can increase the sedative effect and exaggerate this drug's ability to lower blood pressure. After two weeks of 100 mg the patient should notice a marked decrease in the racing heart, trembling, blushing, and/or sweating in social situations.
Beta blockers can be helpful in the treatment of the physical symptoms of anxiety, especially social. Taken occasionally, propranolol has almost no side effects. Propranolol is used alone or together with other medicines to treat high blood pressure hypertension. High blood pressure adds to the workload of the heart.