Propranolol Migraine

Propranolol Migraine

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Propranolol is a medicine that is commonly used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) and heart problems, but it can also be used to prevent migraines. More information

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Read the package leaflet for more information about risks and side effects, or ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

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What is Propranolol Migraine?

Propranolol is a medicine that is commonly used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) and heart problems, but it can also be used to prevent migraines. Propranolol is a type of medicine called a non-selective beta blocker. It reduces the pressure at which the blood is pumped out of the heart and around the body. This in turn reduces blood pressure, which means that propranolol can be used to treat high blood pressure. Its action also has a beneficial effect on the blood vessels in the brain, which is why Propranolol is also used to prevent migraine. You can order Propranolol online via a partner pharmacy. Propranolol is a prescription-only medicine that can be obtained through an online consultation.

What is Propranolol used for?

Migraines are thought to occur whenever arteries to the brain become narrow and then widen. This causes typical migraine symptoms such as pounding headache to the side of the head, oversensitivity to light, sound and/or smell, nausea and fatigue. Propranolol has a beneficial effect on the blood vessels and can be taken as a regular treatment to prevent migraines. It will not relieve an attack once it has started.

How to use Propranolol

Propranolol tablets should be taken daily to prevent migraine attacks. The tablets should be swallowed whole, without chewing, with some liquid. They can be taken with or without food. It may take a while before this medicine reduces the frequency of migraine attacks. Consult a doctor to discuss alternative drug options if your symptoms have not improved after three months.


Propranolol is available online from our partner pharmacies in various strengths. The doctor will recommend the right variant for you depending on your symptoms. The general recommended dose for migraine is:

  • Adults and children aged 12 and above: 40 mg, two to three times a day.
For children under the age of 12 years the appropriate dose should be determined by a doctor. The doctor may increase the dose if the initial dose proves to be insufficiently effective. Read the package leaflet before use.

Side effects

Propranolol may cause side effects, including:

  • Cardiac arrhythmia or slower than normal heart beat (bradycardia);
  • Low blood pressure;
  • Dizziness;
  • Headache;
  • Sleep disturbances;
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms;
  • Cold hands and feet.
Consult a doctor if the side effects are severe or persistent. See the package leaflet for a complete list of possible side effects.

When not to use Propranolol

Propranolol is not suitable for everyone and should not be used if:

  • You are allergic to propranolol or any other ingredient in this medicine;
  • You are fasting for an extended period of time;
  • You have a heart condition, lung disorder (e.g. asthma), metabole acidose (increased acidity in the blood) or other serious illness.
  • If you have diabetes, a thyroid disorder or other health issues, you should consult a doctor before using this medicine.
Propranolol may interact with other medicines. You should therefore tell your doctor what medicines you are already using.

For more information on contraindications, interactions and warnings, see the package leaflet.

Pregnancy/driving ability/alcohol

Do not use Propranolol if you are pregnant or breastfeeding without consulting a doctor first.

This medicine may cause fatigue, drowsiness or dizziness. Stay out of traffic if you experience these side effects.

Avoid alcohol while taking this medicine. Alcohol can trigger or worsen side effects such as dizziness.

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