Propranolol (10mg & 40mg) Tablets
Buy Propranolol 10mg and 40mg Tablets Online
- Most commonly prescribed for anxiety, angina and heart failure
- Slows down the rate at which the heart beats
- Typically gets to work within just a couple of hours
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Propranolol tablets are widely prescribed in the UK to treat a number of heart problems. Most commonly, propranolol can be used to treat high blood pressure, angina, heart failure, anxiety and to prevent a second heart attack in people who have previously had one.
Propranolol tablets are available in a number of different doses. Propranolol 40mg is the strongest dose of propranolol available and is usually the starting dose when treating conditions related to anxiety. The other available dose is propranolol 10mg tablets.
If you are new to beta blockers and would like to understand more about how they work and what conditions they treat, you can take a look at our guide to beta blockers.
What are Propranolol 10mg & 40mg tablets used to treat?
Propranolol is used to treat:
- High blood pressure
Propranolol tablets are most commonly used to treat the physical symptoms of anxiety. Although propranolol will not cure the underlying triggers of your anxiety, it can help to ease some of the physical symptoms that appear as a result of anxiety such as an increased heart rate, trembling and a sudden increase in blood pressure.
Propranolol is also indicated in the treatment of high blood pressure, angina, heart failure, heart attacks, migraines and glaucoma, however it is most effective when treating anxiety.
How does Propranolol work?
Propranolol is classed as a beta blocker and works by reducing the workload on the heart. It also controls the rate at which the heart beats. As a result of taking propranolol tablets, the stress on the heart is reduced and the rate at which the heart beats is also slowed down. This makes it easier for the blood to pump around your body.
For situational anxiety, Propranolol blocks the body’s natural adrenaline/stress messages that are sent to the heart in times of distress. When those adrenaline and stress messages are received by the heart, it beats faster and harder.
By stopping those messages being received by the heart, propranolol can ensure that the heart is relaxed and beating at a normal rate. An increased heart rate is one of the first signs of an anxiety attack, propranolol helps to reduce this physical symptom.
Who can take Propranolol tablets?
Propranolol may not be suitable treatment for everyone, depending on your condition. Additionally, it is possible that certain propranolol doses may not be suitable to treat your condition.
To ensure this medicine is safe for you, please make sure you tell your doctor if any of the below apply to you:
- You have low blood pressure or a slow heart rate
- You have lung disease
- You have asthma
- You have heart failure that is worsening with time
- You have too much acid in your blood (metabolic acidosis)
- You have had an allergic reaction to Propranolol or any other medicine in the past
- You have severe blood circulation problems in your limbs; physical symptoms may include tingling in your fingers and toes, or your fingers and toes turn blue or pale
This is not an exhaustive list, you can find more information on who can take propranolol in our guide to propranolol.
Can you take Propranolol 10mg tablets for anxiety?
Propranolol is highly effective at treating situational anxiety. The typical starting dose for treating anxiety is propranolol 10mg, however this depends on the severity of your condition and what previous treatments have been used.
Can you buy Propranolol tablets online in the UK?
You can buy propranolol 40mg and 10mg tablets online from most online pharmacies. If you are looking to buy propranolol online, you will be required to complete an online consultation which will be reviewed by a doctor or pharmacist to ensure you are receiving the most suitable treatment for your condition.
Can you buy Propranolol 40mg and 10mg tablets over the counter in the UK?
Propranolol 40mg and 10mg tablets are prescription only medicines, meaning that they need to be prescribed by a doctor or pharmacist. Propranolol is not available to buy over the counter, it is only available as a prescription treatment.
Propranolol 10mg and 40mg tablets
The dose of propranolol you are prescribed will depend heavily on your condition.
Below are the typical starting doses for some common conditions thta propranolol treats.
Hypertension 80mg twice daily increase weekly to 160-320mg daily Angina 40mg 2-3 times daily Anxiety 40mg once daily Migraine prophylaxis 80-240mg daily Arrhythmias (Irregular heartbeat) 10-40mg 3-4 times daily Source NICE
All our doctors and pharmacists follow the NICE guidelines when prescribing Propranolol.
How to take propranolol tablets
This medication can be taken with or without food as it does not upset your stomach. However, you should try to take it at the same time every day.
The tablets should be swallowed whole with a drink of water. If you have difficulty swallowing tablets, certain brands of Propranolol have a score line which lets you break them in half. Read the information leaflet that will come with your medicine to make sure you can do this with your tablets.
Propranolol Side Effects
Common side effects
The below side effects are common and will affect around 1 in every 100 people who use this medicine. They will usually pass quickly, but you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist if any of them last for longer than a few days or concern you:
- You have nightmares or difficulty sleeping
- You feel tired, dizzy or light-headed (these could be signs of a slow heart rate)
- You feel sick
- You have cold fingers or toes (this could be a sign that the blood supply to your hands and feet has been affected)
For more detailed information on Propranolol side effects, please read our detailed medical guide.
The above list is not exhaustive. Always refer to the patient information leaflet, which will come with your medication, before you start to take it.
Propranolol Warnings and drug interactions
Propranolol can interact with other medicines, which may increase your risk of side effects, or may cause one or both medicines to be less effective.
Before taking a new medication, it is very important that you tell your doctor if you are currently taking any other medicines. This includes both prescription and non-prescription medication, herbal remedies, vitamins and supplements.
For a full comprehensive list on drugs that interact with propranolol we recommend reading Propranolol Drug Interactions.
Can I take propranolol during pregnancy and breastfeeding?
Propranolol is not believed to be dangerous to take when you are pregnant, although there is not enough research out there to prove this.
It is also normally safe to take this medicine if you are breastfeeding. Small amounts of Propranolol will get into your breast milk, but not enough to affect your baby.
Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding before you start to use this medicine, particularly if your baby has any health problems or was born premature.
The main active ingredient within this medicine is: propranolol hydrochloride
For a full list of the inactive ingredients, please read the Summary of Product Characteristics
How much does it cost to buy Propranolol 10mg and 40mg tablets online in the UK?
Dosage Quantity Price Propranolol 10mg tablets 28 tablets £13.99 Propranolol 40mg tablets 28 tablets £14.99
How quickly does Propranolol work for anxiety?Propranolol will typically get to work within 1 hour of taking it, it's full effects can be felt within 2 hours.
Is Propranolol good for anxiety?Yes, propranolol helps to prevent one of the main symptoms of anxiety, an increased heart rate. It also helps to reduce high blood pressure caused by anxiety and stress.
Does propranolol help you feel relaxed?Propranolol can help you feel relaxed by slowing down your heart rate and preventing signs and symptoms of anxiety.
When should I take propranolol?For anxiety, you should take propranolol approximately 1 hour before encountering your known anxiety trigger. For hypertension, angina, migraine prophylaxis and arrhythmias (Irregular heartbeat) you should take the medicine at the same time every day.
Can I take propranolol for a Migraine?Yes, propranolol can be taken for the treatment of Migraines, the typical dose is 10mg to 40mg to be taken 2-3 times daily.
Is it safe to take Propranolol for a long time?Yes, when taken correctly propranolol is a safe drug to take long term. Propranolol does not cause any long lasting side effects. For some conditions such as high blood pressure, Propranolol will be prescribed for long term use.
Can I drink alcohol whilst taking Propranolol?Drinking alcohol whilst taking propranolol can increase the risks of experiencing side effects. It can also cause your blood pressure to fall even lower than intended when combining alcohol with propranolol. Alcohol should only be consumed in moderation when taking propranolol.
What are the side effects of Propranolol?Propranolol's main side effects are dizziness, sleeping difficulties, nightmares, feeling tired, cold hands and feet. Please, refer to the Side Effects tab on this page for a list of reactions you may suffer while using this medicine. Always read the patient information leaflet, which will accompany your medicine, for a comprehensive list of adverse effects.
What will happen if I stop taking propranolol?You should not stop taking propranolol suddenly without talking to your doctor first. Suddenly stopping taking propranolol can trigger a number of withdrawal symptoms and may also cause your symptoms to return.
How often should I take propranolol?How often you should take propranolol is largely dependent on the condition you are taking it for. The typical starting dose for propranolol is 10mg once daily.
What is the price of propranolol in the UK?The price of propranolol starts from £13.99 for 28 tablets.
Written by: Hussain Abdeh MPharm: 2211840
Published on: 12/10/2020
Updated on: 27/05/2021
This content has been written by our Superintendent Pharmacist Hussain Abdeh and has been medically reviewed by our Pharmacist Sonia Khan
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