Inderal is a drug that is used to treat high blood pressure amongst many other illnesses. It belongs to a group of medication identified as beta-blockers. The drug is also referred to as propranolol in the medical industry.
How it works
As a beta-blocker, the medication relaxes the blood vessels in the body. This enables the blood circulation system to work more efficiently since the blood is able to travel to the organs more fluidly. The drug reduces the effects of certain chemicals in the body, including epinephrine, and thereby decreases your heart rate and in turn the strain of a prolonged rapid heart rate.
The main use of the drug its ability to treat hypertension and thereby reduce the occurrence of conditions such as heart attacks, strokes and kidney problems. It is also useful in increasing an individual’s chances of survival after a heart attack. Inderal is also beneficial in controlling the symptoms of anxiety and a condition known as hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid). Moreover, it also treats some mild illnesses such as chest pain and migraine headaches.
This medication is usually taken 1-4 times a day depending on the individual’s condition. It is best to take this medication before meals. Although it is usually taken in the form of tablets, the medication can also be consumed in liquid form. When using the latter option – especially for children – make sure to measure the dosage with a measuring spoon to be accurate with the dose. This will prevent you from accidental overdosing. You will have to take this medication for 1-2 weeks in order to experience the full benefits.
Listed below are some side effects that you might/might not experience during your treatment period.
Uneven and irregular heartbeats
Low blood sugar levels
Shortness of breath
Severe skin problems
As you can see, the side effects of this medication are not only physical, but also psychological. Therefore, get help from your healthcare provider immediately to reduce their effects.
Following the precautionary methods given below will help you to reduce the risk of experiencing the medication’s side effects.
Avoid alcohol consumption since it can decrease the drug’s effectiveness and thereby prolong the treatment period
Do not engage in any activity that requires a lot of focus such as driving since you will not be able to concentrate properly
Although you can consume the medicine with or without food, make sure to take it at the same time every day
Do not bite or chew the capsule. Always swallow it whole. Children who cannot do so can consume the medication in its liquid form
Keep an eye on your blood pressure level by taking regular tests
Do not stop the consumption abruptly since it can make your condition worse
It is important to note that taking Inderal is only a part of the treatment program. You have to ensure that you also balance a healthy diet and exercise regularly to keep your weight under control. So, give equal important to all the factors. If not, the medicine will not be effective as it should be.
If you think that the medication is not working fast enough, do not increase the dosage without consulting your healthcare provider. Doing so will not accelerate the healing process but will only deteriorate your current health condition.