Progress and Prospects in Parkinson's Research/Symptoms/Propranolol

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PROPRANOLOL ® is occasionally prescribed for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease resting tremor. It is one of a group of drugs known as beta blockers.

Active ingredients[edit | edit source]

Propranolol hydrochloride

Inactive ingredients[edit | edit source]



Manesium stearate

Maize starch

Stearic acid

Hypromellose (E464)



Carmoisine (E122)

Titanium dioxide {E171)

Iron oxide - red {E172}

Hypromelose {E464}

Most common adverse reactions to PROPRANOLOL[edit | edit source]

Less than 1 in 10 users

Tiredness, fatique

Cold extremities

Sleep disturbance

Slow or irregullar heartbeat

Raynaud's syndrome


Less common adverse reactions to PROPRANOLOL[edit | edit source]

Uncommon (Less than 1 in 100 users)

Nausea, Vomiting


Rare (Less tha 1 in 1000 users)

Blood cell changes (Nosebleeds, Bruising, Sore throats, Infections)

Worsening of heart failure (Low blood pressure, Fainting on standing, Dizziness, Intermittent claudication)

Dermatological problems (Skin rash,soriasis, Hair loss, Dry flaky skin, red/itchy skin)

Neuroses (Hallucinations, Mood changes, Pinsand needles, Psychoses, Memory loss)

Difficulty in breathing

Dry eyes, Visual disturbances

Not known (cannot be estimated from availble data)


Changes in blood fats

Changes in kidney function

Changes in blood sugar levels

Fits (seizures)

Worsening of Angina, Headache, Depression, Confusion


Dy mouth


Changes in sex drive or potency

Joint pain

Drug interactions[edit | edit source]

Verapamil or Diltiazem to treat heart disease}

Disopyramide or Quinidine or Amiodarone (to treat irregular heartbeat - arrhythmia)

Ergotamine< derivates (to treat migraine}

Adenaline {epinephrine used to treat anaphylactic shock)

Insulin and other medicines for the treatment of diabetes.

Lidocaine or Propafenine or Flecanide (used to treat irregular heartbeat or as a local anaesthetic}

Indometacin (A Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drug- NSAID)

Digitalis glycosdes (such as digoxin, use to treat heart disease}

Chlorpromazine (for mental illness)

Cimetidine (for stomach ulcers)

Alpha blockersor Clonidine or Moxonidine or Methyldopa or Hydralaxine {for high blood pressure)

Monamine oxidase inhibitors or Imipramine or <Fluvoxamine (for depression)

Warfarin (to prevent clotting)

Rizatriptan (for migraine)

Rifampicin (to treat infection)

arbiturates (to combat severe insomnia)

Theophylline (for treating asthma and reversible airways obstruction)

Diuretics (to clear excess water from the body)

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