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  1. #1
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    Sep 2010

    Lowering the Dosage

    Hi all,

    This is just a quick query regarding anybody who has been on (or is currently on) Propranolol and has reduced their dosage.

    I was put on 80mg slow-release, where I took one tablet every twenty-four hours, and remained on them for around nine months. I decided I wanted to gradually cut my dosage and so spoke to the doctor who recommended I take three 10mg tablets every day (once every eight hours). I did this for around two or three months, but three weeks ago I decided to cut the dosage further and so I now only take two a day (once every twelve hours).

    Has anybody been down a similar route and if so, how did it go for you? Not only that, but is it recommended? The doctor seemed fine with me lowering the dosage with a view to quitting entirely, but I'd like to hear other peoples experience. Not that I am second guessing the doctor.

    I don't feel too bad, but whereas I could barely feel my heart beating before, there's mistaking it now. I'm thinking it's just because I haven't heard it beating loudly for nearly a year, so I've gotten used to it.

    It turned out not to be as quick as I had hoped and there's an abundance of numbers in there. Sorry about that.


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2011

    Re: Lowering the Dosage

    I was on the 80mg slow release years ago and when I was ready to come off them my GP just told me to take the tablet 36 hours apart and then a few days later and that was it. I struggled sleeping for a few nights and had some strange head pains which I am convinced was withdrawing too fast.

    I'm on them again and will try your method of coming off them when I am ready.

    It sounds like you're doing it very carefully so should have no problem with rebound anxiety. I'll keep an eye on your thread for advice for when it's my turn

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2010

    Re: Lowering the Dosage

    Thanks for you reply and I apologize for not replying until now. I've only just noticed it.

    I actually feel fine with the way I've been reducing them. I think going (almost) cold turkey could be one of the worst things you do and it makes sense to do it gradually. My concern was whether I was doing it gradually enough and if it would make my blood pressure spike. The only real thing I've noticed is feeling my heartbeat returning, which can be slightly unnerving when a quickening heartbeat is part of the anxiety symptoms. I just tell myself it's because I've got up quickly or ran up the stairs, so I just let it pass and I'm fine.

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