propranolol, Inderal, Inderal LA, Innopran XL (cont.)

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Propranolol also reduces the force of contraction of heart muscle and thereby lowers blood pressure. By reducing the heart rate and the force of muscle contraction, propranolol reduces the need for oxygen by heart muscle. Since heart pain (angina pectoris) occurs when oxygen demand of the heart muscle exceeds the supply of oxygen, propranolol, by reducing the demand for oxygen, is helpful in treating heart pain. The FDA approved propranolol in November 1967.

PRESCRIBED FOR: Propranolol is prescribed for patients with high blood pressure (hypertension). It is also used to treat chest pain (angina pectoris) related to coronary artery disease. Propranolol is useful in slowing and regulating certain types of abnormally rapid heart rates (tachycardias). Other uses for propranolol include the prevention of migraine headaches and the treatment of certain types of tremors (familial or hereditary essential tremors). Propranolol is commonly used in persons with thyrotoxicosis (high blood levels of thyroid hormone) to slow down rapid heart rate and tremor.

SIDE EFFECTS: Common side effects are:

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