I am starting on propranolol for anxiety. wondering if anyone is taking this and if they have had a side effect of weight gain
Hi Penny. How are you today?
From everything I read, including forums, to get both sides of this question. The internet side and the true reality. The reality side is it causes gross weight gain in a short period of time.
The internet side is on this link from drugs.com below, it covers more info on the technicalities.
It's strange but there's hardly any sites that say it causes weight gain
I'm not a doc, the answer will come from the two of you. I'd love to tell you more, but were all being censored so much that it kinda changes our pattern of writing.
I was on it for propranolol for yrs, not on it now for they have me on clonidine for high blood pressure/hypertension... but the yrs I was it didn't case me weight gain, I guess it depends on the individual in my opinion... but like I said that's just me I didn't...
Hi. I have seen no weight gain in those I know who take this med. it does work quickly and is often used for performance anxiety as it doesn't impair thinking and motor skills.
It appears to cause weight gain in individuals who are already dealing with that problem. As long as you stay with healthy choices and get exercise you will be fine. Can't blame the med if the choices aren't good, right? Hope it does you well and helps you to conquer the anxiety. Karen
Hi! I've been on propranolol for almost a year and I did put on weight quickly, especially around abdominal area. Also having pretty serious fatigue issues, so exercise is very light-weight and sporadic.However , it has worked beautifully as far as the anxiety and heart palpitations. I also noticed slight memory loss, but none of these side effects are too much to make me stop taking it.
I was on Propranolol for 3years - 160mg per day - to control my migraines. They worked to start with but over the last six months my migraines got worse. I also ended up one and a half stones heavier. In Dec 2016, I came off the Propranolol and was prescribed other meds (which didn't work). However, after 12 months I had lost the extra weight - without dieting. In Dec 2017 my neurologist, having concluded I could not tolerate the other meds, suggested I go back on to Propranolol, starting at 80mg a day and increasing it up to 240mg (if needed - I am on 120mg per day just now).
In the seven weeks I have been taking Propranolol I have gained 10lbs - and my diet has not changed one jot and I am walking more than I did to try to counteract it but without success. I am also feeling more lethargic. What's worse is that the Propranolol hasn't touched my migraines.
I will give it another few weeks but if my migraines don't improve and my weight keeps going up I will stop taking them. Having migraines is bad enough; having them and being overweight as well is not fun.
- Propranolol Information for Consumers
- Propranolol Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Propranolol (detailed)
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