Question, I have had liver problems and thus was sent to a GI. He prescribed me Propranolol to treat it. I have since been to the hospital for an unrelated problem and was told me heart rate was too low. The Hospital doctors took me off of it. I have not been able to get an appointment with my GI doctor to tell him of this. I've done a little research online, so others have told me that Propranolol was not usual used for liver problems. Anyone know anything about this?
Propranolol belongs to a group of drugs called beta-blockers. Betablockers are used to treat a lot of medical conditions or diseases.
In liver disease, it is used to treat high blood pressure in the veins
around your stomach and oesophagus (gullet). This high blood pressure
is called portal hypertension. Portal hypertension can cause the veins to
bulge into your stomach or gullet. These bulging veins (known as
varices), can burst and cause dangerous bleeding.
Propranolol works in two main ways. It slows down and reduces the
force of your heartbeat a little, so the pressure on the veins is less. It
also helps your body move the blood flow away from the bulging areas
(varices) so they are less likely to bulge or bleed.
You should make contact with your GI ASAP.
- Propranolol Information for Consumers
- Propranolol Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Propranolol (detailed)
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