I am starting on propranolol for anxiety. wondering if anyone is taking this and if they have had a side effect of weight gain
ive taken it for months find it really good and works within half an hour probably quicker ive never had any weight gain either
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
When I was on it (for migraines) I didn't gain weight but I couldn't lose weight. Once I stopped taking it I dropped weight quickly. I always felt it was the medication that kept me from losing weight. - EJ23
I am taking propranolol 20mg 2 x day and have not noticed any weight gain and anxiety is so
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.
Yes, have gained 5 pounds in a month. I am taking it for tremors in my left hand. I have to find something else or I will put more weight on. Just lost 15 pounds and now put 5 back on because of the medication! Not good!
I have gained weight since starting propranolol but my migraines have greatly decreased.
I went on propranolol in October for Migraines, it’s been a nightmare.
I’m weaning off now, just hoping I go back to normal once I’m officially off it!
I’ve gained 20lbs (no change in diet or activity) I’m super bloated, have horrificly dry itchy skin, tired all the time, can’t tolerate my workouts, blood pressure dropped, heart rate (already low) is now lower and weirdest one... extreme sun sensitivity!! It seems like all the “rare” side-effects I have them. I do have thyroid disease... maybe a correlation?! So grateful for this site, seeing other people are experiencing similar issues is comforting. Now I hope to see others are losing the weight once off propranolol!! Good luck to all!
I missed the early comment from Karen. I find it appalling. Making blanket statements without individual knowledge is irresponsible at best, judgemental and ignorant more likely. People are looking for support and answers here, not accusations. It’s fantastic that Karen hasn’t had any issue with propranolol and weight gain but others are. Personally, I’ve never had weight issues before propranolol, as a matter of fact I’m still 5’6” and a size 2, I’m in my 40’s and until propranolol wore a bikini to the beach (and wore it well.) I own a fitness company, I hike, ride horses, workout and enjoy and active life with my husband and teenage son... so my choices are better than most.
I feel sharing my experience of drastic weight gain and other bizarre and troubling symptoms/side effects that occurred only after taking propranolol and with no other lifestyle or medical changes, with others who may be struggling is worthwhile. I certainly hope others do not experience the same struggles but would like them to know if they do, they aren’t alone and I won’t be making irresponsible and ridiculous claims of others simply because we don’t share the same physical experience.
I gained nearly 2 stone since taking propranolol (40mg twice a day) for migraines. No level of activity of calorie reduction has done anything to shift it so am quitting today as I find the weight gain harder to handle than the migraines, which sumatriptan seems to fix quite well. propranolol was really good for migraines but do consider the possibility of weight gain.
Hi! I took this for high blood pressure and stopped because I put 10 pounds on in a few weeks. A friend is on it and has not gained like I did.
I gain easy and if there is a side effect of weight gain, I will gain!
Just watch the scale, as if you are gaining, tell your doctor and there are other drugs to help! All the best!
Yes!!! I was prescribed this last year and I've gained a total of 40 lbs!! In my stomach , I now have stretch Mark's and I'm asking my doctor to put me on a water pill, because beta blockers can make you gain weight. I'm very sensitive to medications in general. It does help significantly with anxiety and hypertension
- Propranolol Information for Consumers
- Propranolol Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Propranolol (detailed)
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