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ladyvols1 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The first thing that is important to remember about propranolol is that it is used in medication and must be used with a perscription and under the care of a doctor.  This chemical is used to treat angina, heart disorders, as well as a treatment for hypertensive disorders, heart disorders, and anti-migraines.  Propranolol is not a benzodiazepine. 

Propranolol belongs to a group of drugs known as beta blockers. "Beta blockers are not FDA approved for the treatment of anxiety or nervous tension but are generally used to do so."

Propranolol is sometimes used for treating anger and aggressive behavior, certain types of pain, high blood pressure, narcotic withdrawal, panic attacks, phobias, tremors, to help prevent second heart attack, and the effects of antipsychotic drugs.

Propranolol is not considered to be habit forming and it supposedly can be used from months to years without serious side-effects.

"Propranolol is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of hypertension (high blood pressure), angina, certain types of cardiac arrhythmias, certain types of cardiac output diseases, a sympathetic nervous system disorder known as pheochromocytoma, hyperthyroid conditions, migraine, heart attack, and tremors of a variety of origins."

besure77 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Propanolol (Inderol) is a beta-blocker. James W. Black, a Scottish scientist developed proponolol in the 1950's and was awarded the Nobel Peace in Medicine in 1988. Propanolol has many medical uses. Here are a few of the uses of this medication and doctors may prescribe it for other medical issues as well:

  1. It is used to manage hypertension.
  2. It decreases angina frequency.
  3. It controls ventricular rate in patients with atrial fibrillation.
  4. It reduces cardiovascular mortality.
  5. It manages familial or hereditary essential tumors.
  6. It is indicated as an adjunct to alpha-adrenergic blockade to control blood pressure.
  7. Treatment of migraine.
dano7744 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Propanolol (Inderal) is in a class of medications called beta adrenergic blockers and has many valid uses. It blocks the action of the sympathetic nervous system. It is used to treat hypertension, angina pectoris, atrial fibrillation, panic attacks and migraine headache just to name a few.

Inderal decreases the work load on the heart by generally slowing the heart rate (anti sympathetic response)and increasing vascular tone. It decreases mortality after acute myocardial infarction.

Potential side effects may include hypotension and bradycardia, but is generally well tolerated.

revolution | Student

Propranolol is a selective beta blocker. It was discovered and developed by a Scotland scientist called James Black in the late 1950s, the first successful one to be developed in history. It was considered a banned substance in the Games as it is used to conquer tremors and stage frights, which might give a competitor a unfair advantage.

To name a few medical benefits it bring to us, Propranol is used to treat hypertension, relieve stress and also cure migrane and glucoma and also prevent panic attacks from patients. It also treats high blood pressure.

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