Propanolol is a medicine which belongs to a group of drugs called beta-blockers. Unlike their counterparts, beta-agonists, which act as stimulants and so can cause anxiety in some people, Propanolol, along with other beta-blockers act to reduce anxiety but in a way that makes them preferred by many doctors compared to more famous anti-anxiety medicines of the benzodiazepene class which are more risky due to their abusive potential. Propanolol is mainly used for treating high blood pressure and other associated conditions as well as anxiety, in particular, performance anxiety. It effectively works by calming the heart rate of users by blocking the actions of neurotransmitters such as epinephrine and norepinephrine.
Propanolol is rapidly and completely absorbed with administration with food further boosting its bioavailability. With a single dose lasting up to 12 hours it is a convenient way to treat its target conditions and has a relatively low incidence of side effects in users leading to it becoming widely used since its introduction.
Propanolol is prescribed and licensed to both adults and children of both sexes suffering from conditions including high blood pressure, angina, irregular heart rhythms, fast heart rates, anxiety, migraines, and to prevent stomach bleeding in patients with high blood pressure. Always refer to product literature.
Doses are usually decided by the doctor with doses for children and adolescents adjusted based on body weight. Otherwise, dosing tends to vary depending on the condition treated but daily or multiple doses throughout the day have been used clinically. Always refer to product literature