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User Reviews for Propranolol

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

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7.8/10 Average Rating

159 Ratings with 145 User Reviews

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"Recently I had a hemorrhagic stroke and afterwards I was having the worst headaches along with some anxiety. My doctor prescribed propranolol 20 mg per day. I started taking this medication last week and yesterday I began to feel as though my speech was more clear and my mind wasn't as jumbled. I have been experiencing the dizziness, but checking my blood pressure on a regular basis. At this time it's just nice that other people are able to understand me when I talk. Unfortunately, my headaches are still occurring, but not as intense. My anxiety has seemed to decrease. Since this is only my second week taking this medication, time will tell."

   
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Bebonnie (taken for less than 1 month) October 7, 2017

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"This medicine is amazing and has worked far, far better than anything else has in several years, however, I have to be on the lowest dose possible due to the side effects: depression, insomnia, and vivid dreams."

   
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Anonymous September 10, 2017

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"Boy, let me tell you this. First I was prescribed with propranolol for Panic Disorder, because, I always thought I was having a heart attack (I'm 21 and a little overweight, but working to change that), and, to add insult to injury, often, a panic attack meant a new cluster episode. Fast forward 3 months and my cluster episode begins. Surprisingly, instead of 3 hours of excruciating pain, I had 2 hours of mild, somewhat tolerable pain. Now, fast forward 4 months again to a month ago and, the last cluster episode I had were 2 clusters with 10 days apart from each other. My neurologist upped my dosage and I am, for now, cluster free."

   
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Tetro August 5, 2017

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"I used to get extremely severe migraines which affected my life and also my family's as I needed to go to bed for 1-2 days, vomiting constantly. I started taking propranolol 10 years ago and have not had any migraines since. My quality of life is now 'normal' and I don't worry about ruining my family's life anymore. I have missed so many important days in the past due to migraines. This drug has literally changed my life!"

Walking stick and Lippy (taken for 10 years or more) August 3, 2017

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"I'm 28 years old and have had chronic migraines since I was 7 years old. I have several triggers and get all the side effects during a migraine including stroke symptoms. I have tried everything and recently got put on propranolol for prevention which is definitely helping and has lessened migraine frequency, and I have 4 different medications for onset. I have cambria which is a migraine powder that I take first if I caught it in time. 30 minutes later or if it was already too late, I take either maxalt-mlt (rizatriptan) least effective for me, imitrex (sumatriptan) semi effective depending on pain level, or my favorite and the best/strongest and most effective is Onzetra - sumatriptan nasal powder"

   
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Nickelriffic July 21, 2017

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"In 2010 I started getting horrible 1 sided migraines that would put me in bed praying for death for hours everyday. Doctor prescribed propranolol 80mg extended release. Within the the 1st week the migraines had lessened on intensity and by the 2nd week were completely gone. 3 years later in 2013, the dreaded migraines returned. Went back to doctor, told him what medication I needed, and sure enough, exact same result. But now here we are 4 years later and they're back. Wish we could figure out why I seem to only have this issue every 3-4 years, but at least I know there's something out there that works for me."

   
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This guy2341 June 13, 2017

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"I have just started taking propranolol, have suffered migraines for years and they seem to be getting worse often it seems when the weather is overcast. Don't know if anyone else has found this. I did wonder if pollution was a problem. This is my second day, and I am feeling tired , with a bit of a headache but I will carry on taking it and hope these symptoms go away after time."

   
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Annyapple May 28, 2017

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"I was originally given this for social anxiety disorder with no effect at all. I noticed that it had made a difference to my migraines though. I was getting them everyday, without fail. And I wasn't allowed anymore painkillers after being on codydramol for a year. Over the counter medication wasn't doing anything for it either. Once I started taking Propranalol I noticed they were becoming less frequent. And if it does come on bad from a stressful day over the counter medication combined with it works. I take 2 a day everyday and haven't had a migraine for a good few weeks now. The longest has been about 6 weeks with no migraines or even headaches."

   
8.0

Speed292 (taken for 1 to 2 years) April 19, 2017

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"Had a migraine/headache daily for months over right eye etc nothing helped. Doctor finally gave me 40mg propanalol in twice a day (total dose 80mg) headaches completely gone. At first I was sleepy and about hypotensive but this was just the first three days. Since then feel like my usual self but without this annoying headache/migraine and nausea. 10/10 - only problem is I'm worried they might take me off propanalol and the headache will come back.... could I be on this indefinitely? Mmmm"

   
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Amy5683 April 12, 2017

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"I've been on propanadol for three weeks started on 10mg and increased to 80mg now on 160mg. I think I will be taken off it as it does nothing. I get sharp stab in the left side of my head causing 10 in pain then it decrease but get another seconds later. It's like a shock then strong pain then can feel my ear pumping away. Nothing showed on my scan 5 months ago but got another appointment in two months. The pain first thing of a morning is unbearable. Iburophen works in a high does 800mg but it's taking longer to kick in. My elbows both of them feel broken each morning so maybe it's something to do with my bones. I've done everything and this elec shock won't go at least 5 times per day everyday. I'm shattered and would rather be dead than suffer x"

   
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Lynxxxxxx April 9, 2017

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"I was put on this medicine for migraines a few years ago and had to get off of it quickly. It made my chest so tight--I felt like everything was in slow motion and my heart couldn't beat normally! Very scary...maybe it was an allergic reaction, though! I've heard it works for some people with migraines!"

   
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Wca8806 (taken for less than 1 month) April 1, 2017

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"I've been on this medication for about two weeks and take it for chronic migraines along with 600mg Gabapentin and 100mg Trokendi. My Propanolol dose is 40mg, 2x daily. 1 tablet w/breakfast and 1 w/lunch. I take it this way to help prevent and lessen the nightmares. They're slowly getting better and really, aren't anything compared to chronic migraines. I saw some people had awful side effects. I suggest Gabapentin. Even at a low dose of 600mg, it seriously helps. It helps with pain during an attack too. So, think about Gabapentin, it might be worth giving a try."

   
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OodlesOPoodles (taken for less than 1 month) March 25, 2017

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"Okay, so basically: my psychiatrist prescribed this as a way of managing my situational/social anxiety. He said its ability to lower the sympathetic nervous system response would help. Indeed it did. BUT EVEN BETTER: I have had ocular migraines with auras and the works for the last several years. I thought they were infrequent, but because they mostly affect my neck and eyes I have a hard time telling. I didn't realize this drug could be used for migraine treatment, but I took it for anxiety and suddenly realized that, for the first time in quite a while, my head didn't vaguely hurt. I think I may have been experiencing some semi-chronic moderate ocular migraines without realizing it, and this took the worst of it away! I'm tickled."

   
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Forvanta March 24, 2017

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"anon3984934 I am not sure how to respond to your direct post but depakote made me really really sick. It also gave me night terrors to the point where I was scared to go to bed. It would also make me pass gas but made me unaware it was happening until I could smell something awful. I would stay away from it."

0307 March 6, 2017

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"I have suffered with severe headache and migraine since being a child. About 6 years ago I was put on propranolol a low dose which didn't help, it was then increased and still I noticed no change. Over the years I have tried all sorts of medication but non that seem to keep the headaches at bay permanently. I was back at the Dr a month ago and was put back on propranolol 40mg 3x daily. Since taking it this time my headaches have been worse, I am now about 16 days in to a permanent headache, sometimes its just a 1 on the pain scale and sometimes a 10 but its always there. Does anyone know of any others I can ask to try, propranolol seems to be the thing they relying on but as it may work for other people it isn't for me :("

   
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Megzymooshka February 9, 2017

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"I was on just 20 mg for a week, I didn't really notice anything. I think I had some mild side effects nothing too serious. Then I had the worst migraine I have ever had in my whole life. I decided to go up to 40 mg and so far I haven't really noticed anything still. I'm going to give it a few weeks to see if it makes a difference. My neurologist said I could try Depakene (valproic acid) but I'm too scared. Can someone please advice?"

   
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anon3984934 February 6, 2017

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"Hi my son was suffering from chronic debilitating migraines with aura, sometimes lasting all night. We tried Amitriptaline which didn't do a thing and Topiramate that had such horrendous side effects, they were worse than the migraines. He had an MRI which fortunately was clear and out last hope was Propranalol. Now I read this is good for vascular migraine, and this is what he has, he hears a pulsing in his ear. He started on 20mg three times a day and the first few days we didn't notice a difference. I upped it to 40mg as the pharmacist said it was a low dose for migraine prevention, but this knocked him out and he seemed quiet and sedated. So we went back to 20 mg, divided doses...low and behold, a week later he is nearly migraine free"

   
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Suzycube (taken for less than 1 month) February 5, 2017

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"I have been taking Propranolol for 2 months now doctors been slowly increasing the milligrams it's not really helping. My migraines are once a day, maybe skipping 3 to 4 days. I need to try something else anybody have any advice so I was thinking Topamax? please help thanks. A weird thing is I had migraines in college they went away years ago when I moved to Upstate New York Finger Lake Region and now they're back. I think the weather triggers them don't really know what to do about that though. Need advice please my neurologist is not really helping me. I might need to find a new one"

   
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Anonymous January 12, 2017

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"I have had bad headaches for years, and I have taken Maxalt for many years to alleviate. My headaches became worse and daily. I was taking the Maxalt quite often (breaking the pills in half). I read about the overuse rebound headaches and went back to Dr. When I told him that the Maxalt worked well and very quickly for me, he looked at me and said "you are having vascular headaches". He prescribed the Propranolol and my life changed in about a week. I can actually say, I no longer even know how often I have a headache, it is hardly ever now. I just regret that he did not put me on this 20 years ago. He said his mother used it, so apparently it has been around for quite awhile."

   
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jjyght January 10, 2017

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"I was suffering from migraines for over a year before I sought treatment. By then I was having one every other day. The day I didn't have one, I was washed out and drained. Within a week of starting propranolol, my migraines were gone. I haven't had a single headache of any type in two months. I also haven't had any side effects. Well, until today. Not really a side effect though. I missed three pills and started getting dizzy, nauseous and headachy. So it's actually a side effect of NOT taking my medicine."

   
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Bijimo (taken for 1 to 6 months) December 27, 2016

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Inderal (propranolol): "Migraines started at age 50. Just about every day at 3PM. They were severe, but only lasted 2 - 3 hours. My eye area, cheek and ear were always sensitive to touch. Inderol was a life saver. 10mg twice a day. Sometimes I would feel slight pain behind my eye, but never needed pain reliever. The nightmares were something else, 3 -4 times a month. I was actually afraid I would give my husband a heart attack when I would wake up screaming and thrashing at night. When I hadn't felt that pain behind my eye for about a year, I gradually went off Inderol (around 60 yrs old)."

   
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Cait 28 November 13, 2016

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"I've been suffering from prolonged, frequent, debilitating & painful migraines. Having to endure constant & intense pain affected my quality of life. I was given Proplanolol 40mg by my GP to try. Since then I never looked back. First, my migraines decreased in frequency (at first it felt strange not to be in pain - that's how used to I was to my migraines). Second, when migraine would start, Proplanolol would stop it from developing into an attack. So, for me, it works as a preventer and painkiller (since I started on Proplanolol, I haven't had any overthecounter painkillers). In terms of side effects, occasional diarrhea, which is a small price to pay for a sig reduction in the frequency and intensity of my migraines."

   
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TSADA2016 (taken for 6 months to 1 year) November 4, 2016

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"Had migraines for 7 years. Take Fioricet for pain, which works well, but I wanted to try prevention. My doctor had already tried Gabapentin and Sumatriptan, both of which did nothing for migraines and had side effects. Then Propranolol. The side effects were: Feeling sluggish and tired all the time. I have a regular diet and exercise routine that I follow, and it did not affect my eating habits, but it did make me not want to exercise because of how sluggish I felt. I forced myself to anyway, which is why I didn't gain weight on the drug, but gaining weight would have been easy. At night, my heartbeat felt like it was chugging on a milkshake, which made me anxious. It did nothing for my migraines, so I stopped after a couple months."

   
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Berander (taken for 1 to 6 months) October 28, 2016

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"I have to say this medication changed my life! I kept having these chronic migraines with symptoms of a stroke. no feeling in my limbs cant see cant hear throwing up passing out and they were relentless and left me in the er 24/7. I passed out on someone on a bus and woke up unable to speak my name in an ambulence. I began taking this med and the original effect was low blood pressure tired a lot and it made me quit taking it. i noticed my symptoms return shortly after quitting on it. So i tried taking one whole 20mg tablet during an attack and i couldnt believe it my vision returned and the attack ended early. I have taken it 4-5 times daily ever since and it saved my life. haven't had a single attack in years!"

   
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Sharon Appelbaum October 8, 2016

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"I am nearly 60 & have had migraines for nearly 30 yrs. Usually, I might have 1 a month or so- & if I did not catch it in time- the migraines could last 3 days. I usually take Maxalt MLT (10mg) that tastes horrible but takes the edge off. (I am a light weight with meds & have bad reactions + weigh only about 100 lbs). In just the last few months- my migraines have changed from being centered around the tops of my eyebrows/sides of nose or behind my head to being ultra painful, even to the touch, at my temple. No aura/ flashing lights. I've had all sorts of tests/trips to the ER to get a cocktail in the butt of Topordol/ Zofran. Migraines had been occuring almost daily. Started Propranolol- having vivid dreams but no migraine, yet!"

   
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Pony girl 2 (taken for less than 1 month) October 4, 2016

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