Innopran XL

Generic Name: Propranolol

  • What is Innopran XL?

    Innopran XL belongs to a class of medications called beta-blockers; it is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Innopran XL?

    Do not stop Innopran XL suddenly without talking to your doctor. Abruptly stopping this medication can cause worsening of your angina (chest pain) or heart attack. Your doctor should gradually reduce your dose to stop this medication.

    If you have high blood pressure, you must take Innopran XL regularly for it to be effective. Since blood pressure declines gradually, it may take several weeks of treatment for you to get the full benefit of this medication.

    Innopran XL can cause allergic reactions that can have serious symptoms. Stop Innopran XL and call your doctor immediately if you develop any skin reactions.

    Innopran XL can worsen heart failure, can cause asthmatic attacks or breathing problems, or can hide symptoms of low blood sugar levels if you have diabetes. Your doctor will monitor your heart, breathing, and blood sugar levels. Be sure to monitor your blood sugar levels on a regular basis.

  • Who should not take Innopran XL?

    Do not take Innopran XL if you are allergic to it, any of its ingredients, or if you have a slow heart rate, sick sinus syndrome (abnormal heart rhythm), heart block (unless you have a pacemaker), or asthma.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Innopran XL?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Innopran XL. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have any allergies, breathing problems (such as asthma, chronic bronchitis [long-term inflammation of the lungs], or emphysema [lung disease that causes shortness of breath]), diabetes, glaucoma (high pressure in the eye), heart failure, kidney or liver problems, thyroid problems, skeletal muscle disease, Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome (a type of heart condition), or are planning to have a major surgery.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: The usual starting dose is 80 milligrams (mg) once a day. Your doctor will prescribe the appropriate dose for you and will increase your dose as needed, until the desired effect is achieved.

  • How should I take Innopran XL?

    Take Innopran XL exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Take Innopran XL at bedtime (approximately 10 p.m.) and take it consistently on an empty stomach or with food.

  • What should I avoid while taking Innopran XL?

    Do not drink alcohol while you are taking Innopran XL.

    Do not stop taking Innopran XL abruptly without first talking to your doctor.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Innopran XL?

    If Innopran XL is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Innopran XL may interact with numerous medications. Therefore, it is very important that you tell your doctor about any other medications you are taking.

  • What are the possible side effects of Innopran XL?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: abdominal cramping, allergic reactions, constipation, depression, difficulty breathing, dizziness, fever, hallucinations, lightheadedness, low blood pressure, impotence, memory loss, nausea, rash, skin reactions, slower heartbeat, sore throat, tiredness, vivid dreams, vomiting, weakness

  • Can I receive Innopran XL if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Innopran XL during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Innopran XL?

    If you miss a dose of Innopran XL, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.

  • How should I store Innopran XL?

    Store at room temperature.