Inderal LA (propranolol) for the treatment of migraine headaches: an introduction
Inderal (or Inderal LA) is the brand name for propranolol. This drug, which treats high blood pressure, chest pain and other forms of heart disease is also U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved for preventing migraine attacks.
Inderal falls into the beta-blocker class of medications.
This medication is also sold under the names:
- Inderal LA
- InnoPran XL
- Propranolol Hydrochloride Intensol
All formulations of propranolol are not approved for preventing migraines.
How Inderal for migraines works
Inderal works by relaxing the body’s blood vessels. It also slows down the heart rate to improve blood flow.
Forms of propranolol available
Propranolol is available in a tablet, capsule and as a liquid solution. All formulations of this medication are not approved for preventing migraines.
Most common side effects of Inderal
- Difficulty sleeping
- Dizziness or lightheaded feeling
- Excessive tiredness
- Upset stomach
- Cold feeling in hands or feet (made worse by smoking)
- Diarrhea or constipation
Serious side effects
Propranolol – Inderal should NOT be stopped suddenly. When patients abruptly stop taking this medication, it may lead to chest pains or attacks in some.
Seek immediate medical attention if you experience problems breathing, sore throat, unusual bleeding, swelling in your feet or hands, unusual weight gain, chest pain or a slow or irregular heartbeat.
Who should not take Inderal for migraines
This medication is excreted in the breast milk, therefore a doctor should be consulted before it is taken by a woman who is breastfeeding. Also, as with all medications women who are pregnant or may become pregnant must discuss their childbearing potential with their doctor before starting a new medication. Patients with a history of asthma should discuss potential risks of beta-blockers with their physician before taking this medication.
As always, the best source for advice on treating your migraines is your own migraine specialist. These medication descriptions are provided only for informational purposes. You should begin no medication regimen without first checking with your physician. Again, this information should in no way substitute or be mistaken for medical advice.