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Propranolol, Inderal, Betacheron


Propranolol is a beta-blocker.
Propranolol is known to readily cross the blood-brain barrier (BBB) into the brain, causing side-effects such as depression and nightmares; atenolol was specifically developed to be unable to pass through the blood-brain barrier in order to prevent this effect.




angina, anxiety, atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter, esophageal varices, hypertension, idiopathic hypertrophic subaortic stenosis (IHSS), migraine prophylaxis, myocardial infarction prophylaxis, paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia, pheochromocytoma, portal hypertension, post-myocardial infarction, scleroderma renal crisis (SRC), thyrotoxicosis, tremor, variceal bleeding prophylaxis,

Side Effects

alopecia, AV block, bronchospasm, diarrhea, exfoliative dermatitis, fatigue, hallucinations, heart failure, hypertriglyceridemia, hypoglycemia, hypotension, impotence, libido decrease, musculoskeletal pain, myalgia, nausea/vomiting, nightmares, pruritus, sinus bradycardia, skin hyperpigmentation, xerosis,

Drug-Vitamin-Herb Interactions

Negative interactions:

Calcium may form unabsorbable complex with atenolol. Take at a different time of day.

Coleus forskohlii
Coleus forskohlii relaxes blood vessels. Combining Coleus with beta-blockers may have unpredicatable effects on blood pressure.

Positive interactions:

Beta-blockers reduce HDL. Chromium can offset the adverse effect.

Coenzyme Q10
Beta-blockers (especially propanolol) inhibit the actions of enzymes that contain CoQ10.




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