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Uses for Propranolol Sustained-Release

Some uses of propranolol sustained-release include:
Keep in mind that propranolol sustained-release is not a cure for high blood pressure, nor for any of these other conditions.
This medication may also be recommended off-label for other reasons, such as the treatment of anxiety. It has not, however, been approved for use in children.
(Click What Is Propranolol Sustained-Release Used For? for more information, including possible off-label uses.)

How Does This Medication Work?

Propranolol sustained-release is part of a class of drugs called beta-adrenergic blocking agents, or beta blockers for short. As the name implies, beta blockers block beta receptors in the body. Beta receptors are located in a number of places within the body, including the heart and blood vessels. Stress hormones like adrenaline attach to these receptors and cause certain reactions in the body, such as an increase in:
By blocking beta receptors, this medication causes the reverse effect of stress hormones. It decreases heart rate and both systolic and diastolic blood pressures, as well as the heart's workload. This means that the heart requires less blood and oxygen to work properly.
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