Beta-blockers affect the heart and circulation (blood flow through arteries and veins). Propranolol is used to treat tremors, angina (chest pain), hypertension (high blood pressure), heart rhythm disorders, and other heart or circulatory conditions. It is also used to treat or prevent heart attack, and to reduce the severity and frequency of migraine headaches. Hemangeol (propranolol oral liquid 4.28 milligrams) is given to infants who are at least 5 weeks old to treat a genetic condition called infantile hemangiomas. Hemangiomas are caused by blood vessels grouping together in an abnormal way. These blood vessels form benign (non-cancerous) growths that can develop into ulcers or red marks on the skin. Hemangiomas can also cause more serious complications inside the body (in the liver, brain, or digestive system). Propranolol is a type of medicine called a beta-blocker. These medicines work by blocking beta receptors that are found in various parts of the body, including the heart. Blocking beta receptors blocks the effect of two chemicals, noradrenaline and adrenaline. These are often referred to as the 'fight or flight' hormones because they're responsible for producing the body's reaction to stressful situations. By blocking beta receptors in the heart, propranolol makes the heart beat slower and less forcefully. This reduces the pressure at which blood is pumped out of the heart and so lowers blood pressure. It also means that the heart doesn't use as much energy to pump the blood around the body.
What is Propranolol? Propranolol was developed by Sir James Black in the 1960s and this invention won him the Nobel Prize. Though propranolol has been proven effective in treating symptoms of anxiety, it is to be understood that the medication isn’t suitable for all people. It's not fully understood how propranolol works in preventing migraines. What should I know before taking propranolol? Propranolol is often taken on a long-term basis. Don't stop taking it unless your doctor tells you to - even if you don't have any symptoms of your condition, because suddenly.