Please note, patients MUST calculate their PHQ-9 and GAD-7 scores BEFORE completing an online consultation for situational anxiety.
What is Propranolol?
Propranolol is a type of medicine called a beta-blocker and can be used to treat a variety of conditions such as migraines or situational / social anxiety.
How does Propranolol Work for Migraines?
Beta-blockers work by blocking beta receptors which are found in the heart. When they are blocked by Propranolol, the heart is made to beat more slowly and with less force. This reduces the pressure at which the blood is pumped out of the heart and around the body to the brain, where the blood vessels contract and thereby prevent the migraine starting.
Hoes does Propranolol Work for Situational / Social Anxiety?
Beta blockers can be helpful in the treatment of the physical symptoms of anxiety, especially social anxiety. Propranolol is often prescribed to control blushing, rapid heartbeat, shaking and trembling that can arise for hours at a time during social situations.
PHQ-9 and GAD-7
The GAD-7 is a measurement for Anxiety Disorders and the PHQ-9 is a measurement for Depression. The PHQ-9 and GAD-7 are designed to facilitate the recognition for depressive disorders and anxiety disorders respectively. These are the national standard measures utilised as screening tools routinely GP’s, psychiatrists and therapists.
The scoring for both measures helps people to ascertain how severe the issue is. The general rule is that the higher the number, the more severe the case is.
You will need to calculate both scores and select your score when completing a Propranolol online consultation with Medical Specialists for situational anxiety.
How to take Propranolol
Always take this medicine exactly as described in the Patient Information Leaflet, or as advised by your Pharmacist or Doctor.
If you answer YES to any of the following questions please consult your own GP before continuing with our
- are allergic (hypersensitive) to Propranolol tablets or any of the other ingredients
- have untreated/uncontrolled heart failure or are in shock caused by heart problems
- suffer with heart conduction or rhythm problems
- have a slow heart rate
- have low blood pressure
- suffer from severe blood circulation problems (which may cause your fingers and toes to tingle or turn pale or blue)
- suffer from diabetes mellitus (low blood sugar levels may be hidden by this medicine) and increased acidity of the blood (metabolic acidosis)
- are on a strict fasting diet
- suffer from a tight, painful feeling in the chest in periods of rest (Prinzmetal’s angina)
- suffer from asthma or any other breathing difficulties
- suffer from untreated phaeochromocytoma (high blood pressure due to a tumour near the kidney).
Take special care with Propranolol tablets and tell your doctor if you:
- have a history of allergic reactions
- suffer with muscle weakness (myasthenia gravis)
- have a heart weakness or first degree heart block
- have kidney or liver disease
- have symptoms of hyperthyroidism (increased appetite, weight loss, sweating)
- suffer from blood circulation problems (which may cause your fingers and toes to tingle or turn pale or blue).
- suffer with or have a history of psoriasis
- suffer from Raynaud’s disease (cold sensations in fingers and toes) or intermittent claudication (narrowing of arteries in the legs causing pain on walking)
Further Help and Support
For those suffering with anxiety, whether situational or a different type of anxiety, there are many charities and organisations that can provide help and support:
Ask Our Prescriber / Pharmacist
Medical Specialists® are proud of our in-house team of Prescribers, Pharmacists and Experts who carry out the online consultations, dispense medication or help our patients in other ways.
If you would like to ask one of our experts any questions regarding your medication or any other matter, then please feel free to submit your query to us and will get back to you.
How We Package Your Order
Your medication is sealed in a plain shipping box for protection then placed inside a tamper-proof Royal Mail special delivery envelope before being dispatched from our in-house NHS pharmacy.
- Discreet Plain Packaging
- Royal Mail Special Delivery
- No Mention of Medication
For full patient information, please read or print out the leaflet provided at the bottom of this page about Propranolol.
This patient information leaflet is provided for information purposes only. This leaflet information should not be used in contradiction with your Doctor or Pharmacist's advice. Medical Specialists recommend that you carefully read the information leaflet provided with your medication. Medical Specialists will not accept liability for information displayed. Please refer to the leaflet provided with your medication for the latest manufacturer's information.