Hello, as I stated in the question I am wanting to completely get off of propranolol. I take it for chronic migraines but the side effects are not worth it in my opinion and I'd like to explore some other options for treatment. The reason why I want to stop taking it is because after taking Timolol-Maleate for 4 years I developed an allergy to it and am afraid this will happen again with the propranolol.
I tried several times to get off of Timolol and failed miserably. I attempted to ween myself off of it for about a week. I was only taking a very small dose and it was working well, 10mg 2x per day. I cut that down to 5mg 2x per day over the course of a week but after it being completely removed from taking it for 3 weeks there was something seriously wrong. If I exerted myself physically I would labor to breathe and experienced SEVERE withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms persisted and seemed to get worse the longer I was off of it.
My doctor seems to believe that going off of these beta-blockers are no big deal and you can just ween yourself off for a little while. And perhaps they are but in my case I can't seem to stop taking them without it completely wrecking my body, focus-level and just managing with the withdrawals. My doctor is also insistent that I continue taking a beta-blocker indefinitely even though we are treating migraines and not some serious heart condition. I know that there are other options and quite frankly I don't trust his opinion any longer.
Has anyone had this experience?
Did I not give it enough time?
Am I reducing the dosage incorrectly?
I'm 29, Healthy (other than chronic migraines), average to under-weight, currently taking 20mg of propranolol 2x per day and would like to be off it entirely, safely.
- thanks for any input