General Information on Inderal LA
Inderal LA is indicated for treating hypertension. In addition, Inderal LA is also used to treat heart rhythm disorders, angina (chest pain), and tremors. Further, doctors also prescribe Inderal LA to prevent and treat cardiovascular attack and to decrease both, frequency and intensity, of migraine headaches.
The active ingredient in this drug is propranolol hydrochloride, which is a beta blocking agent. The generic name of Inderal LA is Propranolol.
Inderal LA is meant for oral administration only. The drug is available in form of sustained release oral capsules in the following strengths: Inderal LA 60mg, Inderal LA 80 mg, Inderal LA 120mg, and Inderal 160mg. You need a doctor’s prescription to buy Inderal LA as it is a prescription-based drug.
Common inert ingredients present in Inderal LA include: ethylcellulose, titanium dioxide, cellulose, hypromellose, and gelatin. Apart from these, Inderal LA 120mg, 80mg, and 60mg oral capsules also contain the following inert ingredients: FD&C Blue No. 1 and D&C Red No. 28. Inderal LA 160mg oral capsules, in addition to common inert ingredients, also contain the following: FD&C Blue N0.1.
Side effects of Inderal LA
You should not buy Inderal LA if you have a known hypersensitivity to propranolol hydrochloride or any other ingredient present in the formulation. Asthmatics and patients who have 2nd or 3rd degree heart blockage should also not use Inderal LA.
Before you start treatment, inform your doctor about your medical history, especially of: diabetes, low blood pressure, breathing disorders, liver disease, depression, kidney disease, circulation disorders, or any heart problems.
Some of the common side effects of Inderal LA are: epigastric distress, sleep problems, reduced sex drive, tired feeling, cold feeling in the hands or feet, mental or mood changes such as anxiety, depression, confusion, or hallucination, fainting, uneven heartbeats, or severe headache. Consult your doctor if any of these side effects cause concern.
Dosage of Inderal LA
The recommended starting dosage for high blood pressure is Inderal LA 80mg once a day. Your doctor may gradually increase your dosage until the dosage that initiates optimal improvement is established. In most cases the daily maintenance Inderal LA dosage for high blood pressure is 120-160mg.
The recommended starting dosage for angina pectoris is Inderal LA 80mg once a day. The usual maintenance dosage is Inderal LA 160mg once a day.
The recommended starting dosage for migraine is Inderal LA 80mg once a day. Depending on your response to the treatment, your doctor may gradually increase your dosage. The usual maintenance dosage is Inderal LA 160-240mg once daily.
The usual dosage for hypertrophic subaortic stenosis is Inderal LA 80-160mg once a day.
Your actual dosage may vary from that listed above. Your doctor is the person to decide the correct dosage for you. It is important that you take your medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor.
Certain drugs, when taken with this beta-blocker, may increase the risk of certain side effects or reduce the effectiveness of Inderal LA. It is necessary that you inform your physician in advance about all the drugs that you are taking. This includes all prescription, non-prescription, and herbal medicines.