Bedranol sr capsules 160mg Why do I need this medicine? Propranolol helps to keep your blood pressure under control. It may also be used to treat certain heart diseases such as angina pectoris (chest pain) and arrhythmia (irregular heart beats).
Propranolol may also be used to relieve palpitations (fast and irregular heartbeats) commonly experienced by people with an overactive thyroid gland.
Propranolol is also used together with other medicines to prevent migraine or in the treatment of specific complications caused by liver disease.
How do I use this medicine? Take Propranolol exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.
Propranolol must be taken regularly for it to work well. Continue taking Propranolol even when you feel better. Do not stop taking it unless instructed by your doctor.
Take Propranolol before food. Try to take it at the same time each day.
If you have been given the extended-release (sometimes marked as "XL" or "LA") tablet or capsule, swallow it whole. Do not chew or crush it. Do not change to another brand or type of Propranolol unless instructed by your doctor. What should I do if I have forgotten to use this medicine? Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal schedule.
DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.
Remember to take your medicine regularly. Propranolol must be taken exactly as directed for it to be effective. If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know. Can I take this with other medicines? Alert your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, especially those listed here:
- other medicines for high blood pressure or heart disease, especially clonidine, prazosin
- migraine medicines such as ergotamine
- warfarin (a blood-thinning medicine)
- cimetidine (a gastric medicine)
- theophylline (an asthma medicine)
Do not take antacids together with Propranolol. Antacids may affect the effectiveness of Propranolol. If you must take antacids, take it at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after you take Propranolol.
Always inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription. How should I store this medicine? Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
When should I not use this medicine? Alert your doctor if you suffer from heart disease, asthma or other lung diseases. What should I take note of while using this medicine? Alert your doctor if you have liver, kidney or thyroid disease, diabetes, any disease that affects your blood vessels or blood circulation as well as other illnesses such as myasthenia gravis and phaeochromocytoma. You should also inform your doctor if you are seeing a psychiatrist.
Alert your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Do not breastfeed while you are being treated with Propranolol.
You may feel dizzy when getting up from a sitting or lying position, especially if you are taking Propranolol for the very first time. This is common and should improve gradually as you get used to the medicine. It will help if you get up slowly from a sitting or lying position. If you feel dizzy, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.
If you also have diabetes, monitor your blood sugar more closely.
If you are going for an operation, including minor operations and dental work, always inform your doctor, surgeon or dentist that you are taking Propranolol.
Why is it important to keep my appointments with the doctor?
Your blood pressure may rise to unsafe levels without you noticing it. Your doctor needs to monitor your condition and check your response to the medication regularly.
What lifestyle changes can I make to improve my blood pressure?
Regular exercise will help lower your blood pressure and improve your overall health. Speak to your doctor about what type of exercise would be suitable for you. If you have not exercised for a long time, start with light exercises such as slow walks. Regular exercise will also help you to maintain a healthy weight and this is important in helping you control your blood pressure.
If you smoke, you should try to quit. Smoking is harmful to your blood pressure, heart and overall health. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist about ways to kick your smoking habit.
Try to keep stress levels under control as stress will cause your blood pressure to go up. Are there any restrictions on the type of food I can take? Avoid alcohol.
What side effects could I experience? Propranolol may cause dizziness or drowsiness. If you feel dizzy or drowsy, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.
Propranolol may also cause tiredness, stomach discomfort, numbness or tingling of the fingers and toes. Alert your doctor if these side effects are severe or refuse to go away.
Other side effects are less common but may need medical attention. Alert your doctor if you develop wheezing, difficulty breathing, abnormally slow heart rate or rashes.