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User Reviews for Propranolol to treat Benign Essential Tremor

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

Propranolol has an average rating of 7.2 out of 10 from a total of 59 ratings for the treatment of Benign Essential Tremor. 66% of reviewers reported a positive effect, while 20% reported a negative effect.

Propranolol Rating Summary

7.2/10 average rating

59 ratings from 61 user reviews.

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Reviews for Propranolol

dixie · Taken for 10 years or more September 6, 2020

“I have been taking propranolol for 15 years for a beta blocker for my blood pressure. Then I found out they are also good for my tremors and my anxiety. I take anywhere from 40-80 mg a day. they are the best. I will never go off of them and I had no side effects at all. Right now I am out of them and I am going crazy, since my meds are shipped and they are running a month behind. I am 79 yrs young and I definitely know when I don't have them. I can't hold a bottle of water or go out to dinner.”

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Amgdala · Taken for 5 to 10 years June 20, 2015

Inderal (propranolol): “I started experiencing severe tremors as a side effect of other meds. At first I could not brush my teeth, then I had problems typing, next I could not feed myself or even hold a cup of coffee, finally I had bouts of tremors so bad that I could not even walk. I finally ended up seeing a neurologist who once he saw the problem and the severity he immediately prescribed Inderal. Within a week virtually all of my tremors had stopped and I was immensely relieved. I experienced no side effects at all. I have been on them for 7 years now and I only slightly shake if get really tired or drink too much coffee. All in all - I would highly recommend this medication for anyone with severe tremors.”

10 / 10
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rosstex · Taken for 5 to 10 years October 14, 2014

“This is a miracle for my essential tremor. It effectively mitigates the tremors in all parts of the body. It used to be debilitating to face stressful situations at work or socially, as my 'shakes' would rear their ugly head in my voice and in any movement. Afterwards, the nervousness is still there, but the tremor is gone. 40mg 2x daily.”

10 / 10
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Britanichris · Taken for 6 months to 1 year May 11, 2013

Inderal (propranolol): “My tremors were getting worse and worse so I went to my Doctor. She thought I had Parkinson's and referred me to a neurologist. The appointment came through about 4 months later. The Neurologist diagnosed Essential Tremor and prescribed Half Inderal 80g once a day. After taking the meds I felt so much better, I still get the shakes but nowhere near so bad. My muscles are stiff though and it's causing me problems walking far and my neck and shoulders hurt too. I'll have to ask whether Inderal is the cause at my next appointment. All in all it's been great, I especially notice the difference when cooking or eating a meal or drinking from a glass, I don't spill as much now and it's less embarrassing when in a restaurant.”

9 / 10
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Dave61 July 22, 2011

“Been dealing with Essential Tremor for several years, and finally talked to my doctor about it. Started propranolol a week ago and within a day or so the tremors were all but gone, and I've noticed no side effects at all. I could barely write my name before, now I'm rock steady. No more embarrassing tremors!”

10 / 10
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Anonymous · Taken for 5 to 10 years July 5, 2013

“Have been taking Inderal LA for years for Essential Tremor. Originally started on immedate release tablets (40mg, Twice Daily) and switched to long acting (120mg, Once Daily). Stops tremor of hands, voice, neck. Without taking medication, tremor can be felt through abdomen and into legs.”

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Bee · Taken for 2 to 5 years January 6, 2020

“My son takes 20 mg per day to help with the tremor in his hands. It really works well for him. Doesn’t go a day without it. Also my husband uses this 40-60 mg for speaking in public-helps tremendously for his anxiety when giving speeches. Highly recommend”

10 / 10
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RogerG · Taken for 6 months to 1 year September 19, 2019

“I have been taking 80mg of propranolol once a day and 250mg of Primidone 3 times a day for 6 months now, for my tremors (benign essential tremor). I can write my name and drink a cup of coffee successfully now.”

10 / 10
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BarbaraFitzMe February 10, 2013

“I have taken Propranolol to treat Benign Esstential Tremors for over 20 years now. I finally saw my PCP when not only my hands would shake but, under stressful situations, my head began shaking. He prescribed 40mg once daily. Twenty-some years later, I am still on the same dose - though I am just beginning to realize I need to increase the dose as the tremors are rearing their ugly heads again on occasion. The only side effect I am aware of is that I had less energy and, in the beginning, I recall a weight gain of about 20 lbs. If memory is affected adversely, I don't recall. Haha!”

10 / 10
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Inderol LA user - long time1 · Taken for 5 to 10 years June 13, 2014

Inderal (propranolol): “I have benign tremors and hypertension. I was taking one Inderol LA 60mg daily for the hypertension. I went to an neurologist about the tremors and he asked my cardiologist to change me to one in the morning and two at night. That was about 5 years ago. It has been a great help for the tremors and my BP is awesome! [e.g., 120/75] Now after so long I have developed a tolerance. My docs think more per day will make my blood pressure too low. If I am really diligent about taking it the tremors are minimal.”

9 / 10
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highlander739 · Taken for 10 years or more February 3, 2020

Inderal (propranolol): “Have had tremor most of my life. Was diagnosed in my late teens and put on 60mg Inderal LA. Immediate improvement only real side effect has been a bit of drowsiness so I always take at night. I have tried the generics because Inderal has gotten so expensive, especially . The generics just don't work as well, it has to do with the bio-availability which is part of what sets a brand-name drug apart from generics even though they might share the same chemical name. Regardless, have started buying from Canada. Only down-side is that you have to buy 90 day supply, but it costs same as generic w/good rx discount. Turned 50 this past year and it just doesn't work quite as well but I knew it would happen. Considering whether or not to try Neurotin...”

9 / 10
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Miss Shakey Hands · Taken for 1 to 6 months August 28, 2018

“I'm a 30 year old nurse who shakes. It's a benign familial essential tremor, my Gram (grandmother) has the same shaking of her hands. We both take propranolol. I take 60mg ER (extended release), I've been on this for approximately six months, and worked up to this dose from 10mg twice daily. Works great. No side effects (and I'm only 125pounds), no more shaking.”

10 / 10
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Anonymous February 11, 2010

Inderal (propranolol): “I had struggled with Benign Essential Tremor for about 7 years (post-trauma), with shaky hands, stuttered speech, etc. For years I was given Valium or Xanax to treat it. In an effort to make a career change, I asked my doctor to find a non-narcotic solution. In short, after seeing a neurologist I was prescribed propranolol and I'm free of almost all symptoms with less side effects and the negative stigma of being prescribed a benzo.”

9 / 10
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Lindsay · Taken for 6 months to 1 year April 12, 2021

“I just turned 70 and my tremor seems to be intentional, not essential. And only my right hand. I’m learning guitar, and it makes it well-nigh impossible. My doc started me on 40 mg. Only when needed, like when I teach my. Classes or play music. It helps, a bit . But I’m gonna look at a new procedure called focused ultrasound. It’s non-invasive, FDA approved and a single treatment stops a tremor. We’ll see.”

8 / 10
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Bob1 · Taken for less than 1 month September 18, 2019

“Been taking propranolol for a week for essential tremors. I have found that the shaking in my head, hand and leg has got worse I'm taking 40mg 3 times a day. I have been cold, feeling dizzy really tired, sick. I have had pain in my leg and lower back I didn't feel this bad before I started taking them can any one help”

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jric · Taken for 2 to 5 years March 30, 2021

“Propranalol was the best thing for my essential tremors in my hands that began in my 30's. I am now 52 and was taking 10 mg daily which was very effective, but my dr advise me to try taking only 5 mg and see how it goes. So far I have tried this for 3 days and no tremors have returned as yet. I also helps me with anxiety and I am taking citalopram for depression also.”

10 / 10
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Mycocotoo February 26, 2013

Inderal (propranolol): “I have had good luck with this medicine but as I age it appears to be less effective, or it may be that my tremors are getting worse and the dosage needs to be increased. I have tried an increase in the medication and have become very sluggish. All in all it is working rather well and the cost is low.”

9 / 10
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TripTwo June 4, 2017

“After 3 months of hell with my doctor thinking I needed SSRIs to stop anxiety tremors ... Neurologist diagnosed Benign Essential Tremor (BET). If one has BET, SSRIs only make tremors much worse! It is telling your brain to do two different things with serotonin. I began 40mgs/twice a day of Propranolol and the tremors stopped. I have taken the same dosage for 3 years now and will never give it up. I do have breakthrough tremors of hands at times, in which I take .25mg of Xanax when needed. I also take two BP meds (never at same time as propranolol. I watch for the dizziness and BP dropping. My BP is always low now.”

10 / 10
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Anonymous July 1, 2011

“My tremors in my right hand were getting so bad I could hardly write my name. Stress would make the tremors even worse. Within 1 day of starting 80mg Propranolol the tremors had disappeared. It has been a huge benefit to my quality of life. I have been taking it daily for 6 months now and the tremors are now very minor in the worst case such as extreme stress.”

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Anonymous November 21, 2011

Inderal (propranolol): “Inderal LA is very very effective. I have bad tremors and have see neurologist and family physician. Starting dosage is low then work up. I take Inderal LA 160 mg once daily. Sometimes during the day I must also take a Xanax once or twice to help. But by far the Inderal was the most effective drug I have every taken for tremors.”

9 / 10
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Anonymous February 9, 2012

“Propranolol is a miracle for me. Not only does it stop my tremor, which had made writing almost impossible, but it also is the medicine of choice for my Premature Atrial Contraction which caused heart palpitations. I'm only on 80 mg, but it's enough to allow me to do my work and write neat enough to be read. My dad who is 75 is on a higher dose and his tremor is quite noticeable even with the medicine. I'm not looking forward to getting older with this tremor.”

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J April 9, 2021

“I'm 25 years old and was diagnosed 1 year ago with essential tremor in my head. I've been taking propanalol 40mg 3 times a day for the last 2 months. I went from having moderate to severe head tremors every day, and since taking the beta blockers I have had 2 days of tremors in 2 months. Instant improvement”

8 / 10
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shaky hands January 30, 2009

Inderal (propranolol): “It worked great in the beginning, but within a few months lost its effectiveness, and I needed more and more to get the same effect. I also felt like I was addicted to it. It was the first thing I went for in the morning.”

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Kat · Taken for 1 to 6 months February 17, 2021

“Propranolol worked wonders for my tremors! They almost disappeared. However, it dropped my pulse rate below 50 bpm and I was forced to quit taking it. I haven't found anything since that has the same calming affect.”

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shakey head September 7, 2009

Inderal (propranolol): “My doctor had me on a regular dose of Inderal, and Valium as a back up if needed. This was working fine. When I went in for my annual visit and said everything was as usual, no better but no worse, she changed me to primidone. I am on my 3rd month of this and feel like a basketcase. Vertigo, stomach problems, vision problems, memory problems. ”

8 / 10
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