WHAT IS PROPRANOLOL?
Propranolol is a beta-blocker drug that affects the heart and circulation (blood flow through arteries and veins). It is prescribed primarily for the treatment hypertension (high blood pressure), angina (chest pain), heart rhythm disorders, and other heart or circulatory conditions. It is also used after a heart attack to increase the chances of survival and may be used in other conditions not listed here.
Propranolol is sold under various trade names, a couple of which are Inderal and Cipral, Ciplar (made by Cipla).
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT PROPRANOLOL:
Do not take Propranolol (Inderal, Cipral) if you have a known allergy to it, or if you have asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, severe liver disease, or a serious heart conditions such as a heart block, sick sinus syndrome, or AV block (unless you have a pacemaker).
If you are scheduled for a surgery, inform your surgeon well in advance that you are using Propranolol. You may be required to suspend taking this medicine for a short time. Also do not stop taking Propranolol without your doctor?s advice. If you stop taking this medicine suddenly, your condition will deteriorate for the worse.
Do not consume alcohol (even products or other drugs containing alcohol) within 2 hours before or after taking an extended release Propranolol. Alcohol can cause Propranolol to be released too quickly into the body which is not the aim of an extended release medicine. If you are being treated for high blood pressure, continue taking Propranolol even if you don?t have any symptoms. High blood pressure doesn?t have any outwardly signs. You may have to take this medicine for the rest of your life.
Propranolol is an FDA pregnancy category C drug. It is not known whether this medicine can harm an unborn baby if taken during pregnancy. It is also not known whether Propranolol can pass into breast milk and harm a nursing baby. Consult your doctor before taking Propranolol if any of these cases apply to you.
BEFORE TAKING PROPRANOLOL:
Before taking Propranolol (Inderal, Cipral), take care of all precautions mentioned above. Discuss them with your doctor and clear all doubts which you may have about this drug.
To ensure that this drug is safe for you, inform your doctor before taking Propranolol if you have any of the following conditions: diabetes (taking Propranolol can make it difficult for you to judge when you have low blood sugar), angina, low blood pressure, kidney or liver disease, a thyroid disorder, pheochromocytoma (tumor of the adrenal gland), circulation problems (such as Raynaud?s syndrome), or a history of allergies.
HOW SHOULD I TAKE PROPRANOLOL?
Take Propranolol strictly according to your doctor?s direction or according to the instructions on the medication label. Do not alter the dosage unless your doctor advises you to do so. Also, do not take this medication after the prescribed period is over. All medications come with a patient leaflet. Refer the instructions in them for detailed information on that particular medication. Propranolol works best when taken with food. Always store this medicine in a cool and dry place.
Propranolol can impact your pupils during a cataract surgery. Let your eye surgeon know in advance that you are using this medicine. Follow your doctor?s advice carefully. Propranolol is a part of a full line of treatment for blood pressure which includes diet restrictions, exercises, and other medicines. Follow a proper regimen of these as directed by your doctor to keep your blood pressure in control.
WHAT IF I MISS A DOSE?
If you miss a dose of Propranolol, take it as soon as you remember. Don?t take the missed dose if the time to take the next dose is almost up. Taking multiple doses near to each other can lead to excess medication in your body which can be harmful.
WHAT IF I OVERDOSE?
In case of an overdose of Propranolol, get emergency medical attention or call the Doctor immediately. Overdose may result in uneven heartbeat, breathlessness, bluish colored fingernails, dizziness, weakness, seizure, or fainting.
THINGS AND ACTIVITIES TO AVOID WHILE TAKING PROPRANOLOL:
Propranolol may impact your thinking capability and reflexes. Take extra care while driving or other such activities that require a high level of mental awareness and alertness. Do not consume alcohol (even products or other drugs containing alcohol) within 2 hours before or after taking an extended release Propranolol. Alcohol can cause Propranolol to be released too quickly into the body which is not the aim of an extended release medicine. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for any other restrictions while using this medicine. Avoid getting up quickly from a lying or sitting position otherwise you may feel dizzy.
SIDE EFFECTS OF CIPLAR LA 20MG:
Swelling Of Face
Sudden Or Unexplained Weight Gain
Severe Stomach Or Abdominal Pain
Yellowing Of Eyes And Skin
Persistent Nausea Or Vomiting
Seek Medical Attention Immediately
PROPRANOLOL DOSING INFORMATION:
Propranolol dosage may depend on a range of factors like age, sex, drug allergies, or seriousness of the condition among several other factors. Your dosage will be determined by your doctor after examining you properly. Remember to follow your doctor?s advice properly for best results.
INTERACTION WITH OTHER DRUGS:
Other drugs can interact with Propranolol. Some of them include allergy drugs, cimetidine, clonidine, digitalis, dobutamine, haloperidol, isoproterenol, blood thinner such as warfarin, doxazosin, prazosin, terazosin, amiadarone, propafenone, quinidine, fluconazole, insulin or oral diabetes medicines, antidepressants, other heart or blood pressure medicine, HIV medicines, MAO inhibitors, anti emetics, or narcotic pain killers. However, these are not the only drugs that can interact with Propranolol. Inform your doctor in advance if you use any other medicines or related products. Never start a new medicine without proper medical advice.
Ciplar-LA 20 Tablet helps decrease anxiety and relieve tremors. It is also used to help prevent migraine, heart-related chest pain (angina), and bleeding in the stomach caused by high blood pressure in the liver (portal hypertension).
Ciplar-LA 20 Tablet may also be used to treat high blood pressure and some types of abnormal heartbeat (arrhythmia). The dose will depend on what you are being treated for and how you respond to the medicine. You should always take it as prescribed by the doctor. It should be taken on an empty stomach and at about the same time each day. You should keep taking it even if you feel well, as you are still getting the benefits. If you stop taking it suddenly, your condition may worsen.
The most common side effects are tiredness, weakness cold fingers and toes (Raynaud phenomenon), irregular or slow heartbeat, numbness in your fingers, and breathlessness. You may also experience nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Talk to your doctor if the side effects bother you or do not go away. Most side effects are short-lived and improve as your body gets used to the medicine.
You should not use this medicine if you have asthma, very slow or uneven heartbeats, or a serious heart condition, including heart failure. Talk to your doctor before taking it if you have kidney or liver problems or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In terms of lifestyle, alcohol may affect the way this medicine works and should be avoided. You should not drive if this medicine makes you feel dizzy. Ask your doctor whether it is safe to take this medicine if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
USES OF CIPLAR-LA TABLET
- Treatment of Pheochromocytoma
- Treatment of Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Prevention of migraine
- Treatment of Anxiety
- Treatment of Arrhythmia
- Prevention of Heart attack
- Prevention of Angina (heart-related chest pain)
- Treatment of Tremors
BENEFITS OF CIPLAR-LA TABLET
In Treatment of Pheochromocytoma
In Treatment of Hypertension (high blood pressure)
In Prevention of migraine
In Treatment of Anxiety
In Treatment of Arrhythmia
In Prevention of Heart attack
In Prevention of Angina (heart-related chest pain)
In Treatment of Tremors
SIDE EFFECTS OF CIPLAR-LA TABLET
Common side effects of Ciplar-LA
- Raynaud’s phenomenon
- Arrhythmia (irregular heartbeats)
HOW TO USE CIPLAR-LA TABLET
Ciplar LA 20 Tablet is to be taken empty stomach.
Avoid Ciplar LA 20 Tablet with high-fat meals such as olive oil, nuts & seeds (Brazil nuts), dark chocolate, butter and meat.
HOW CIPLAR-LA TABLET WORKS
Ciplar LA 20 Tablet contains Propranolol, a beta blocker. It works by affecting the body’s response to nerve impulses, especially in the heart.
It slows down your heart rate and makes it easier for the heart to pump blood around the body. This prevents arrhythmias.
It also widens the blood vessels in the body for better blood flow, thereby preventing angina as well as migraine.
The exact mechanism by which it prevents tremors is not known, but experts believe that Ciplar LA 20 Tablet helps block the nerve impulses to the muscles responsible for tremors.
Propranolol helps block the effects of the chemical messengers namely, adrenaline and noradrenaline, that are produced by the brain and are responsible for increasing your heart rate which makes you feel anxious. This way it helps with anxiety.
Ciplar LA 20 Tablet may cause visual disturbances, hallucinations, fatigue, mental confusion, dizziness or tiredness. This may affect your driving ability.
However, inform your doctor if you have any kidney disease. Ciplar LA 20 Tablet may be started with a low dose and then increased further. Regular monitoring of blood pressure is advisable for dose adjustment.
Regular monitoring of blood pressure is advisable for dose adjustment.