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User Reviews for Propranolol to treat Anxiety

Also known as: Inderal LA, Hemangeol, Inderal XL InnoPran XL

Propranolol has an average rating of 7.5 out of 10 from a total of 272 ratings for the treatment of Anxiety. 67% of those users who reviewed Propranolol reported a positive effect, while 18% reported a negative effect.

Propranolol Rating Summary

7.5/10 average rating

272 ratings from 287 user reviews.

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Reviews for Propranolol

Mags · Taken for 1 to 6 months April 24, 2021

“I had severe anxiety following a traumatic experience, with insomnia and constant severe nausea. Eventually six months in I was offered propranolol and everything changed. My nausea went and that gave me headspace to work on the anxious thoughts through self help and cbt. I had no side effects. I only took them regularly for about a month though I still keep some and have occasionally taken one to deal with the physical effects of facing scary events such as giving a presentation. Highly recommended.”

9 / 10
Ben April 17, 2021

“After experiencing a random fall due to low blood pressure during my night shift as a police officer, this was followed by 9 days of crippling debilitating panic attacks with no understanding or reasoning what was happening to me. I was a walking zombie teetering on the edge of a full blown panic attack every second of the day for 9 days, with attacks happening sporadically. I finally phoned 111 and said I was in crisis and was having suicidal thoughts during the attacks. Anything was better than being here experiencing them. The switched on DR prescribed 10mg Propranolol 3 x a day. I cannot explain the effect this has had on me enough. Over the course of the first 2 doses, I can only describe it as before I was on this I was wanting to do something to end my life early in the morning due to these crippling attacks, and now on it I am back to being myself again.”

10 / 10
Scott R · Taken for less than 1 month April 15, 2021

“Depression and anxiety run on both sides of my family and I've fought both for years. I overheard two heart doctors discussing its use as an anxiolytic. I talked to my MD about it and he gave me an RX for 10mg 3 times daily. Proud to say the anxiety is pretty much gone. I am still depressed but no longer haunted by crushing anxiety. This drug is as effective (for me) as benzodiazepines but not addictive and also helps with my blood pressure It has truly been a gift from God.”

10 / 10
Dani · Taken for less than 1 month May 25, 2020

“I was prescribed 10 mg propranolol when required but I take it every morning because it lasts all day and I can actually socialize without anxiety for the first time in years. I’m amazed. I am able to be relaxed. No more racing heart, no shaking, no stuttering, no sweating, and I can look people in the eyes. I can just be chill. I am so grateful. I haven’t noticed any side effects. I have been on it for a week.”

10 / 10
Anonymous January 18, 2021

“For almost 10 years the Clonazepam kept all of my panic attacks away and my anxiety was almost non existent. Then about a year ago, the Clonazepam seemed to stop working and I began having attacks again. When the pandemic hit in March 2020, my anxiety soared to new levels and I was referred to a Psychiatrist to assist in finding the right medication(s). I was put on Buspar, Zoloft and Gabapentin for sleep. However, I kept having heart racing, which made my anxiety go through the roof. She then prescribed 80mg Propranolol ER. After only a few days, my heart was no longer racing, my mind was quiet, and all panic attacks disappeared! It’s now been 3 weeks and I can’t begin to explain the relief! I know people think Beta Blockers are only for Blood Pressure/Heart issues, but off label they are also prescribed for Panic Disorder and Anxiety! This has by far been the most helpful medication I have ever been on! It’s also a very safe medication!”

10 / 10
Jonesy March 11, 2021

“I suffered a major panic attack in the first lockdown resulting in ambulance being called thinking I was having a heart attack. I was prescribed propranolol and told to take 40mg so I did I was still having about 6-7 anxiety/panick attacks a day so was told to up my dosage to 80mg still having attacks I was told to increase the dosage to the maximum of 110mg a day. It helped with the attacks but I was so exhausted off them I couldn't function properly, felt spacey and dizzy was in a right mess but it kept the attacks at bay so was worth it. The doctor said the side effects were because my body was adjusting to the dosage. Now I'm used to them after being on them for nearly a year I don't get any side effects at all. I still get the anxiety thoughts and slight sweating now and again but it doesn't develop into a full blown attack which is a massive relief as I was petrified of them. Anxiety has gotta be one of the worst conditions in the world, in my experience anyway.”

9 / 10
Alphabravo33 · Taken for 1 to 2 years December 31, 2019

“This drug propranolol works well for anxiety on a low dose of 10mg twice a day for me. However at a higher dose of 20 mgs twice a day, it was horrible! I had every side affect in the book at that dosage. The dosage makes a big difference. My wife takes 40 mg twice a day for migraines and has zero side effects. I guess we are all different. These reviews would be a lot more helpful if reviewers listed their dosage and how many times per day they take the medication. Someone taking 160 mgs a day could have a much different experience than someone taking 20 mgs a day. More detailed reviews would help!”

10 / 10
John · Taken for 1 to 6 months May 23, 2020

“This propranolol has been a life-saver for me. I have a thyroid condition which triggers anxiety, because my heart is always racing, even when I’m not nervous, and this caused me to basically have anxiety from knowing that I sound nervous all the time — even though I’m really not. Since taking a small dose, my heart beats normally, and the world has gone back to a regular pace. Really good stuff.”

10 / 10
Nick Name February 23, 2021

“My presenting was so bad at work they actually signed me up for training. Nothing worked because the issue was not related to technique or preparation, I just hated public speaking because of my body's physical reaction to the stress. I took 10mg 1.5 hours before and another 5mg 45min before a big presentation and I did a great job, my boss also complimented me on how I handled questions. I also took 10mg before a different meeting and at some point I said to myself "I can't wait to go and get this over with" Typically I would be thinking "I hope we run out of time or they forget to cover my section. I plan on taking max 10-20mg a week, hoping that once I can disassociate stress from speaking I won't need it any longer.”

10 / 10
queenofcupcakes · Taken for 6 months to 1 year March 29, 2021

“Oh my God, this is the medication that saved my life ! I suffer from generalized anxiety where I go to bed and wake up with heart palpitations and racing thoughts. I always had shaky hands and sometimes with an unknown cause. My anxiety got worse during the pandemic and so I developed facial twitches. It decreased my confidence way too much since I would go out and meet people and that would cause me too much anxiety. I would try to smile just to be friendly, but it was a nightmare. I would feel like people are looking at my facial tremor and judging me. I was put on escitalopram for 6 months and I took CBT as well. However, medication did not suit me really well as to the fact I'm only 20 years old and the side effects were serious. Then, a miracle happened ..THANK YOU PROPRANOLOL ! I was prescribed Propranolol 10 mg in the morning and 10 mg in the night. A sum of 20mg per day .. and my goodness, did everything change. Wish I knew about Propranolol sooner.”

10 / 10
Benzene · Taken for less than 1 month January 30, 2020

“Been on it for about a week and I love it. This was prescribed to me for anxiety as well as citalopram and I could tell the effects of it from the first day. No elevated heart rate from a stressful situation, no increase in blood to brain, no anxiety! I stay completely grounded and in the moment. Plus, so far no side effects. It's a god send! I'll share my experiences after a month or two as well.”

10 / 10
Justme · Taken for 1 to 6 months February 23, 2021

“Started on this 2 months ago after being so fearful to take it. The GP had prescribed 40mg twice a day but because of my anxiety I took 20mg twice a day. It definitely works for keeping my panic attacks at bay I just need to work on the anxiety now as SSRIs don't like me and I don't like them. I had a few side effects at 1st of cold hands and feet but that went after about a week. I would definitely recommend for panic attacks. I don't normally leave reviews but this has helped me a lot so I had to speak out”

9 / 10
Newbie101 December 22, 2020

“I have tried both the normal propranolol and the extended release. Normal: for me it takes about 40-50mg to have any effect. You still feel anxious but the physical symptoms just don’t start. It’s amazing. Ideal for things like stage fright. Extended release: when my anxiety became too much I was put on the extended release (80mg every morning). After a day it felt like a weight was lifted off my shoulders. No racing heart, no shaking etc . When the physical symptoms were gone it was much easier to manage the mental side of it. My rating: Try the normal if it’s for things like stage fright but if it’s a daily occurrence you may be better off with the extended release. 10/10”

10 / 10
D · Taken for less than 1 month January 16, 2019

“I work as a barber in London , been cutting for 7 years now , love my job work with great people. ThenBANGGG!! Anxiety, panic attacks come from no where !!!! Struggled going to work the worst thing about it all is that the blushing I got all over my neck and face was a joke. It got to the point were I looked like a freak. It was killing me , a vicious cycle. The doctor recommended 40mg propranolol to take twice daily, only took 40 mg and it works a treat no blushing!!!!!!! Still a few butterflies but not to bad. No side effects maybe a bit more of a appetite. I couldn't recommend enough to people. I wish you all well in your journey to conquer anxiety. Remember you are not alone. God bless.”

10 / 10
Anonymous · Taken for 2 to 5 years February 11, 2020

“Well I have been on this medication propranolol for anxiety for over 3 years now. I take 40mg 3 times a day it helps my anxiety no end before I wasn't on this medication I would get severe anxiety attacks to the point where I was experiencing physical symptoms such as heart palpitations and chest pain and a racing heart rate which was scary due to anxiety. Ever ever since I have taken this medication I feel more calmer and spaced out I do get 1 side effect though and that is tiredness but that is normal I can live with that side effect I am so pleased with this medication would highly recommend if you have anxiety. And stage fright”

10 / 10
Janbee · Taken for 1 to 6 months February 2, 2020

“I’m a female, 23, 125 lbs, taking propranolol 10mg for anxiety. This medication has worked really well for treating my fast heart rate when I get anxiety (120-145 bpm). I was very hesitant at first to take this as I was nervous for the side effects (darn you anxiety!) but I did not get any side effects! I have found that it’s better to take this before you know you’re going into a situation that will make you nervous. However, if you take it in the morning it will help all day. I have taken two 10mg while having a panic attack and it did work within 5-10 minutes. I definitely think this med is a short term solution for anxiety but I will continue taking as it has saved me so many times.”

10 / 10
sm76uk · Taken for less than 1 month November 9, 2020

“My anxiety gets really bad to the point I fear for my health which brings on a panic attack. I was prescribed these but was scared to take in case of bad side effects. I bit the bullet and they worked a treat but stopped taking them after first one due to my mouth and throat becoming really dry to the point it made me cough a little and felt sort of like my throat was closing a little. Anyone else had this side effect and did they stop or carry on?”

7 / 10
Anonymous · Taken for 2 to 5 years January 30, 2017

“I'm terrified of medication.... Basically a phobia, I have severe panic attacks.... If your like me... Try this drug! Made me confident around anyone! Amazing drug for anyone with social anxiety or panic attacks! It helps me in every single aspect of my life. Work, relationships, in every way I was more confident and basically the person I always wanted to be. Confident! No anxiety holding me back! Still terrified of trying new medications but this is one drug I'm so glad I took... And I still take when I feel like I need it. Oh and best part... I have no side effects! At all. I'm the type of person who will panic over even a small side effect and stop taking a medication because of it.... But with this medicine I feel amazing.”

10 / 10
T. O. · Taken for less than 1 month February 25, 2021

“Military vet with a metal spine, single dad, moved cross country and got surgery during a pandemic, yadeyah. Life caught up with me and I wound up having some nasty heart palpitations/flutters from what was thankfully only anxiety and stress. Chest pain, limb pain, cold toes, tingling, faint feelings, restlessness, you name it. Wound up in the ER and Urgent Care three time over three weeks, when a smart P.A. finally gave me something for all these symptoms: Propranolol. Took 20mg as needed and my heart and other symptoms immediately calmed down. Ironically, the groggy feeling from it initially made my anxiety worse for a day. Probably the mental game, which this won’t help with much. But once you’re over the first dose it should help if you’re dealing with similar physical symptoms of anxiety. Definitely calms this one down and takes the edge off. Bonus: I lucid-dreamt, that was fun/interesting.”

9 / 10
Gail · Taken for less than 1 month September 3, 2020

“I have been on propranolol for 4 days, I am suppose to take a dose of10 mg 2 times a day. It made me really sick so I cut back to 5 mg and the side effects are gone. I hope this works. I can't live shaking like I was.”

8 / 10
carlton1 · Taken for 1 to 6 months January 13, 2020

“Ok here we are 3 months later, I've been taking 40mg propranolol for anxiety and they worked for the first 2 months leaving me with fatigue but taking the edge off it, like a horse with blinkers on. Now I take it and I feel worse excess sweating and nonsensical thoughts to whip up my anxiety. Ia m at a loss the doctor said increase it, and my thoughts are where does it end! I personally think I am going to decrease it by biting half the tablet and try something else. It is dreadful. I really do feel for you people suffering from anxiety, there is no easy fix, I tend to use alcohol which works, but short lived and comes with its own payoff. Ia m stuck. Any advice would be appreciated thanks.”

3 / 10
Keke · Taken for less than 1 month August 26, 2019

“I’ve had anxiety for a few years now and recently it has been crippling. I’ve been taking propranolol for a week now and I can’t believe how alive I feel. For the first time in years I feel normal. I’m still a bit anxious first thing in the morning before I take it but after that I’m myself again. Hope it continues to work wonders.”

10 / 10
Pea · Taken for less than 1 month January 29, 2020

“I've only been on propranolol for a couple of days, I was prescribed these due to constant ectopics (heart flutters) due to anxiety, however could not get them to stop. They've been a problem for a few years but they've never been so bad. This medicine has pretty much stopped my ectopics all together if not reduced them so much where I can actually relax! I would really recommend”

10 / 10
Neurosurreal · Taken for 6 months to 1 year November 28, 2019

“I take this medication for extreme anxiety and autism symptoms. Before I started taking it roughly a year ago, I struggled a lot. I could stay awake for days at a time, wake up from a dead sleep panicking, wake up every 5 minutes, hulk out with sensory overload, fail to interpret what others were saying incorrectly, etc. I had been thrown on many medications since the age of 12 for this. I don't know how I lived without it. My whole life has changed and my relationships with others.”

10 / 10
Alex · Taken for 6 months to 1 year November 28, 2019

“This med puts a stop to pretty much all of the physical symptoms of my anxiety. I struggle in pretty much all social situations that I deem as a "performance" - that would be anything from ordering a pizza over the phone or buying a bus ticket to presenting to a class of 100 students. I generally get a very high heart rate and my voice begins to quiver and sound weak, I'll sweat loads and have all the other usual symptoms of anxiety. I've found Propranolol completely erases these effects. Fantastic! One thing I would mention is that you will still feel the mental effects of anxiety, e.g. worrying and fretting before the event that makes you nervous, but having these in your system can assure you that these won't manifest in to physical symptoms.”

9 / 10
Mrs Smith October 5, 2018

“After having a few bad presentations where I got major shakes and voice tremor, I decided to give this a go. I seemed to have developed major stage fright some where along my career. Due to deliver a Presentation to 150 people and use a hand held mic. This pill is a game changer. I took 10mg two hours before and then 20mg an hour before my slot. I practised heavily (I always prepare)and used my kids kareoke machine to get used to my voice through a mic! I felt calm on the actual morning after first pill took effect and I absolutely nailed the presentation. No shakes, not even many nerves and my mind was focussed. I did suffer a bad headache later in the day and that nights sleep was poor but it was worth it. I wouldn’t hesitate to use this again ad-hoc when such situations arise. I’m not normally one who leaves reviews but if this helps just one person with the same problem as me, it’s been worth it.”

9 / 10
Sarahp · Taken for less than 1 month September 15, 2019

“I’ve been using Propranolol for about 2 weeks now and after years of using numerous antidepressants and them not working this drug is THE ONE! I had a few side effects of nausea and diarrhoea for around 24hrs which is apparently normal but it started to work pretty much straight away, I’m more laid back, can tolerate just about anything and everything whereas before, I’d be full of anxiety, anger, getting upset etc, it’s not gone 100% but compared to before I’m a heaps better, wish I’d known about it sooner.”

8 / 10
Dystopia · Taken for 1 to 6 months October 16, 2018

“I must say, I am NOT a fan of medication... however, this stuff has been a God-send! I have absolutely crippling anxiety, which makes me feel sick and dizzy and stops me from being able to function. Propranalol seems to totally block these feelings and symptoms. It’s totally remarkable. And I am so grateful.”

10 / 10

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