Propranolol (Inderal)
What You Should Know

Brand Name: Inderal, Inderal XL, Inderal LA

What is Pindolol (Inderal)?

The Information about Propranolol (Inderal) contained herein is a compilation of materials available from and simplified for the average consumer.

propranolol inderalPropranolol also known by the brand name Inderal, is a beta blocker. Beta Blockers also known as beta-adrenergic blocking agents work by blocking the effects of the hormone epinephrine, also known as adrenaline.

When you take beta blockers, the heart beats more slowly and with less force, thereby reducing blood pressure. Beta blockers also help blood vessels open up to improve blood flow.

There are drug free alternatives to lowering your blood pressure that may be effective for you. Read about them here.

How to use Propranolol (Inderal):

  • Use Propranolol (Inderal) as prescribed on your medication bottle. Do not take more or less or for longer than recommended by your doctor.
  • taking pillAdults should take Propranolol (Inderal) every day at the same time without or without food (If taken with food, it should be taken every day with food.)
  • You may need regular blood pressure tests at your doctors office.
  • You may need to briefly stop using Propranolol (Inderal) before having surgery, so discuss with your surgeon.
  • Tell your doctors that you are using Propranolol (Inderal) as it can cause unusual results with certain medical tests.
  • Store Propranolol (Inderal) at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
  • If you miss a dose of Propranolol (Inderal): For regular (short-acting) Propranolol (Inderal): Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if your next dose is less than 4 hours away.For extended-release propranolol (Inderal LA, InnoPran XL and others): Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if your next dose is less than 8 hours away. Do not crush, chew, break, or open an extended-release capsule. Swallow it whole. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
  • Do not skip doses or stop taking Propranolol (Inderal) without first talking to your doctor. Stopping suddenly may make your condition worse.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Propranolol (Inderal).

What to know before using Propranolol (Inderal):

If you are taking any of the below drugs, discuss with your doctor before taking Propranolol (Inderal):medication

  • Blood thinners such as warfarin, Coumadin, Jantoven
  • Antidepressants such as amitriptyline, clomipramine, desipramine, imipramine
  • drugs to treat high blood pressure or a prostate disorder such as doxazosin, prazosin, terazosin
  • Heart or blood pressure medicine such as amiodarone, diltiazem, propafenone, quinidine, verapamil
  • NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve)
  • Steroid medicine such as prednisone

This list is not complete and there may be other drugs that can interact with Pindolol (Visken). Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor.

If any of the following conditions apply to you, discuss with your doctor before taking Propranolol (Inderal):

  • Allergy to Propranolol (Inderal)
  • asthma
  • Slow heart beat that has caused you to faint
  • a serious heart condition such as “sick sinus syndrome” or “AV block” (unless you have a pacemaker).
  • a muscle disorder
  • bronchitis, emphysema, or other breathing disorders
  • low blood sugar or diabetes
  • slow heartbeats or low blood pressure
  • congestive heart failure
  • depression
  • liver or kidney disease
  • thyroid disorder
  • pheochromocytoma (tumor of the adrenal gland)
  • problems with circulation (such as Raynaud’s syndrome)
  • Pregnant
  • Breast feeding

Side effects of Propranolol (Inderal):

Stop using Propranolol (Inderal) and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

  • Cough producing mucus
  • difficulty with breathing
  • tightness in the chest
  • Abdominal or stomach pain and tenderness
  • black, tarry stools
  • blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin
  • blood in the urine
  • bloody nose
  • bloody stools
  • blurred or loss of vision
  • body aches or pain
  • burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, “pins and needles”, or tingling feelings
  • chest pain or discomfort
  • confusion about identity, place, and time
  • congestion
  • constipation
  • cough
  • cracks in the skin
  • crying
  • decreased awareness or responsiveness
  • decreased urine output
  • depersonalization
  • diarrhea
  • difficulty with swallowing
  • dilated neck veins
  • disturbed color perception
  • dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
  • double vision
  • dryness or soreness of the throat
  • dysphoria
  • euphoria
  • extreme fatigue
  • fast, pounding, slow, or irregular heartbeat
  • fever and chills
  • general feeling of discomfort, illness, or weakness
  • hair loss
  • halos around lights
  • headaches
  • heavier menstrual periods
  • hoarseness
  • irregular breathing
  • lightheadedness, dizziness, or fainting
  • loss of heat from the body
  • mental depression
  • mimicry of speech or movements
  • muscle or joint pain
  • mutism
  • nausea
  • negativism
  • night blindness
  • noisy breathing
  • overbright appearance of lights
  • paleness or cold feeling in the fingertips and toes
  • paranoia
  • peculiar postures or movements, mannerisms, or grimacing
  • pinpoint red or purple spots on the skin
  • puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
  • quick to react or overreact emotionally
  • rapidly changing moods
  • rectal bleeding
  • red skin lesions, often with a purple center
  • red, irritated eyes
  • red, swollen skin
  • reddening of the skin, especially around the ears
  • runny nose
  • scaly skin
  • seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there
  • severe sleepiness
  • short-term memory loss
  • shortness of breath
  • skin irritation or rash, including rash that looks like psoriasis
  • skin rash, hives, or itching
  • sores, ulcers, or white spots in the mouth or on the lips
  • sweating
  • swelling of the eyes, face, fingers, feet, or lower legs
  • swollen glands
  • tender, swollen glands in the neck
  • tightness in the chest
  • tingling or pain in fingers or toes when exposed to cold
  • tunnel vision
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • voice changes
  • vomiting
  • weight gain

Less serious side effects may include:

  • Anxiety
  • dry mouth
  • hyperventilation
  • irritability
  • restlessness
  • shaking
  • sleepiness or unusual drowsiness
  • trouble sleeping
  • unusual dreams
  • Decreased appetite
  • Dry eyes
  • heartburn
  • loss of strength or energy
  • muscle weakness
  • pain or discomfort in the chest, upper stomach, or throat
  • stomach cramps
  • unusual drowsiness, dullness, or feeling of sluggishness
  • vivid dreams

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The information provided on this page should not be used to decide whether or not to take Propranolol (Inderal) or any other medicine. Consult your doctor to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition.

This information about Propranolol (Inderal) is a brief summary and does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Propranolol (Inderal).

This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must speak with your doctor for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Propranolol (Inderal).