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Treating Symptoms of High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is a condition that show pressure in the blood vessels higher than it should be. Normal blood pressure is 120/80. Blood pressure beyond this reading consistently predicts high blood pressure. If it is kept untreated for a long time many other problems can emerge. It may lead to increased risk of heart attack and strokes. There are no specific symptoms for hypertension. But it may act as a silent killer.

Propranolol is used to treat symptoms of high blood pressure.

How does Propranolol works?

Propranolol is in the class of medication called as beta blockers. Receptors located in your heart called as beta adrenergic receptors. They are responsible for the contraction of a heart for a heartbeat. This push the blood out of the heart and pass on to the area where it is needed.

Propranolol attach to the beta receptors in the heart. And stop the receptors to work as usual. Thus, the heart muscle don’t contract as often or as forcefully. This causes heart rate and blood pressure to drop.

The drug helps to slow the activity of your heart. It stops the messages sent by some nerves to your heart.

How to take Propranolol?

Propranolol is available in the form of tablets of 10 mg, 40 mg and 80 mg. Dosage depends on the type of disease and the age of the patient.

  • Hypertension

Initial dose- 40 mg two times a day.

Maximum dose- 640 mg in a day.

  • Angina

Recommended dose- 80 to 320 mg in a day.

  • Atrial fibrillation.

Recommended dose- 10 to 30 mg three times in a day.

  • Post myocardial infarction.

Recommended dose-o 180 to 240 mg in divided doses.


  1. Your doctor may adjust the dose as per needed.
  2. The dose should be titrated step by step over a period of 2 to 4 weeks.
  3. Use in children (age 0-17 years) is not established.
  4. Take this drug prior to meals and at bedtime.

What are the uses of Propranolol?

  • Propranolol is used to treat high blood pressure.
  • It is useful in the treatment of irregular heartbeats and shacking (tremors).
  • Prevents migraine headaches.
  • Prevents Angina (chest pain).
  • Lowers high blood pressure.
  • Lowering blood pressure prevent other conditions like,
  1. Strokes.
  2. Heart attacks.
  3. Kidney problems.
  • Improve your ability to exercise.
  • Reduce strain on the heart.

What are the precautions in taking Propranolol?

Before you start taking Propranolol, discuss with your doctor about certain conditions. Inform him if you are/have,

  • Allergic to the above drugs.
  • Breathing problems.
  • Heart failure.
  • Certain heart rhythm problems.
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Kidney disease.
  • Liver disease.
  • Blood circulation problems.
  • Mental or mood disorders.
  • Upcoming dental or other surgery.
  • Diabetes
  • Pregnant or breast feeding.

The drug may make you feel dizzy. Be cautious when you do any work that need to be alert.

Inform your doctor about all other medicines you take.

Cost of propranolol (generic and Brand).

Brand drugs are costly as compared to the Generic drug. Their cost increase due to money, time and effort put towards the advertising of the brand drugs.  Generic medicines do not need to spend for this. Thus the saved amount helps us to sell the cheap Generic drug.

Cost of Generic propranolol.                                         

Quantity                  strength      price        price per unit.

  1. i) 90 tablets    10 mg            $ 7                   $ 0.08.
  2. ii) 90 tablets     40 mg           $14                 $ 0.16.

iii)     90 tablets         80 mg           $ 29                 $ 0.32.


Cost and Brand Inderal                                                                            

Quantity                strength         price               price per unit.

  1. i) 100 tables    10 mg       $ 57.99                $ 0.58.
  2. ii) 100 tables     40 mg      $ 53.99                $ 0.54.

iii)     100 tables        80 mg      $129.99               $ 1.30.