An off-label indication or off-label drug use is when a doctor prescribes a medication for a treatment that still hasn’t been officially approved by the FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration). This means that a drug is being prescribed for a different use than the ones labeled to the FDA by the drug manufacturer.
In this blog post we’re going to write about the off-label uses for Propranolol, this drug belongs to a group of drugs called beta-blocking agents and works by relaxing blood vessels to reduce blood pressure. Propranolol is used for the treatment of high blood pressure, chest pain (angina) and uneven heartbeat, also can be used to prevent migraine attacks.
Off-label indications or uses for Propranolol
Esophageal Variceal Bleeding: Esophageal Variceal Bleeding can be preventing with the use of beta blocking agents such as Propranolol because this drug can reduce the portal pressure and decrease the risk of bleeding from esophageal varices.
Panic disorder: Some physicians consider that beta blockers such as Propranolol can helps to reduce panic/anxiety attacks in patients with agoraphobia. But some studies reveals that Propranolol or other beta blockers has not enough impact in the treatment of those illness
Aggressive Behavior: Propranolol is used to manage aggression in some neuropsychiatric conditions such as schizophrenia and dementia.
With MatchMyRx patients and providers can match medications with medical conditions to identify off-label indications or drug uses.