Propranolol XL is a medication commonly used for the treatment of high blood pressure. It comes in capsule form and is available by prescription only. As a beta blocker, it works to decrease blood pressure by blocking a specific type of beta receptor in the body. Although most people tolerate this medicine well, potential side effects include dizziness, fatigue, and constipation.
What Is Propranolol XL?
Propranolol XL (InnoPran XL®) is a prescription medication approved to treat high blood pressure (known medically as hypertension). It can be used alone or in combination with other high blood pressure medicines. It is a long-acting medication that is taken just once a day. Propranolol XL capsules are specially designed to provide a peak level of the drug during mid- to late-morning, when blood pressure is usually at its highest.
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(The information in this article applies specifically to InnoPran XL. For information about Inderal® LA, a similar medication, see Inderal LA).
Potential Side Effects
As with any medicine, propranolol XL may cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Some of the most common side effects include, but are not limited to:
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