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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Propranolol

These comments are made for the purpose of discussion and should NOT be used as recommendations for or against therapies or other treatments. An individual patient is always advised to consult their own physician.

Propranolol and Migraines [posted 8/13/98]
Question: My wife is taking propranolol for an occasional racing heartbeat. She has had migraines all her adult life (she's 47). Within a few days of starting the propranolol she started having migraines back-to-back, and has had four in five days. Previously she averaged 4-5 a year. Her doctor said after the third one that there should not be a relationship, but after the fourth one we're not so sure. What do you think?

Answer: Generally, propranolol is a preventer of migraine headaches. I can't think of a patient that has had this problem and I have hundreds on beta blockers. Is your wife going through menopause? The flux in sexual steroids is notorious for changing migraine frequency.

Propranolol Side Effects [posted 7/17/98]
Question: What are the side effects of taking Propranolol?

Answer: Fatigue, nightmares, hair loss, slow pulse, nausea, low blood pressure are the most common ones.

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