Yes, propranolol helped reduce both the frequency and severity of my chronic Migraines for several years. It took several months of gradually increasing the dosage to get it right for me. It generally takes up to three months at the correct dosage to see how well it will work for us.
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I was prescribed propranolol for migraine (I don't have high blood pressure). The dosage was increased over time with minimal side effects until the dosage was a ways up there. We did step it back down after I felt very wobbly in the mornings after taking the higher dosage. You just have to ease into it slowly until you find a level that works for you. Yes, I think that over the long haul it did help.
Recently we switched to verapamil - taken only at night. Still in the test stages, so I don't know if this one will be part of "the answer", but we keep trying different strategies and meds.
Hang in there - some of this stuff does take a while to kick in.
The first time I tried it, I felt lightheaded and dizzy along with a weird sensation that my heart was beating way too slowly. A few years later I tried it again for a few months, and the only side effect was to lower my heart rate from 80 to 60. No dizziness this time. Ultimately I quit it because I wasn't seeing any benefit in migraine frequency or severity.
It didn't work for me. I wound up tired all the time, my blood pressure was really low, I was cold all the time and I gained a lot of weight. Finally found relief balancing blood chemistry and working with my neurologist and another doctor. It's been around two years and I'm like my old pre-migraine self again. I hope you find something that works for you.
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