Inderal LA Dosage Overview
Doses of Inderal LA work differently in different people. The Inderal LA dosage should therefore be made on an individual basis, weighing the possible benefit of a higher dose with possible side effect risks.
It may be helpful to keep track of your blood pressure using a blood pressure log each day when you first begin taking Inderal LA to lower your blood pressure. Ask your doctor how often and when to take your readings each day. This will help you know if the medicine is working for you at the dose you are taking. If you are taking Inderal LA to prevent migraine headaches, you may want to keep a headache log to track your head pain.
Inderal LA —Dosage – Tablets
Inderal LA is available in extended-release capsule form in doses of 60 mg, 80 mg, 120 mg, and 160 mg. Inderal LA capsules are taken by mouth with a liquid such as water.
The recommended dose of Inderal LA depends upon the condition that it is being used to treat, such as high blood pressure, or prevent, such as chest pain (angina) or migraine attacks.
If your doctor is switching your prescription from Inderal tablets to Inderal LA capsules, he or she should monitory your symptoms closely and adjust the dosage if necessary. Inderal LA capsules act differently in the body than Inderal tablets, so you may need a different number of milligrams of Inderal LA (a lower dose) when switching to these capsules from the tablet form of propranolol (the active ingredient in Inderal LA).
It’s important not to stop taking Inderal LA suddenly. This can cause a worsening of chest pain (angina) or possibly a heart attack. If you are planning to stop taking Inderal LA, ask your doctor how to safely lower your dose over the course of a few weeks.
Inderal LA Dosage for preventing a migraine attack
The starting dose of Inderal LA for preventing a migraine headache is usually a single 80 mg capsule taken once a day. Your doctor will increase the dose until Inderal LA is helping to prevent your migraine attacks. Most people respond best to between 160 mg and 240 mg once a day when taking it to prevent migraines. If Inderal LA is not helping to prevent your headaches after four to six weeks, talk with your doctor about trying a different migraine medicine.
Inderal LA Dosage for lowering high blood pressure
The starting dose for Inderal LA in people with high blood pressure is usually a single 80 mg capsule taken once a day, but could be as low as 60 mg once a day. Your doctor will increase the dose until your high blood pressure is under control. Most people need about 120 or 160 mg per day to lower their blood pressure, but some people need as much as 640 mg of Inderal LA. Sometimes Inderal LA is taken along with a diuretic to treat hypertension, another name for high blood pressure.
Inderal LA Dosage for preventing chest pain
The starting dose of Inderal LA for prevention of angina or chest pain is usually a single 80 mg capsule taken once a day. Your doctor will increase the dose of Inderal LA every 3 to 7 days until your chest pain is under control. Most people respond best to 160 mg taken once a day to prevent chest pain or angina. The safety of taking more than 320 mg of Inderal LA per day to treat chest pain hasn’t been established. Don’t stop taking Inderal LA suddenly. If you are supposed to wean yourself off of this medicine, your doctor should tell you how to do so over the course of a few weeks. Suddenly stopping Inderal LA has been linked to worsening chest pain and sometimes heart attack.
Inderal LA Dosage for treating hypertrophic subaortic stenosis
(a group of diseases affecting the heart muscle): The recommended dose of Inderal LA for treating hypertrophic subaortic stenosis is 80 to 160 mg of Inderal LA taken once a day.
Written & reviewed by: Lisa Erwin R.Ph. CGP | Last review date: Dec 2010. Click the References Link below for a complete list of references.