Propranolol (Inderal)

Propranolol (Tradename: Inderal) is a medication of the beta blocker class.

  • If social anxiety is present during performance-type activities, (like singing or performing onstage) propranolol can be an effective adjunct medication.
  • A starting dose of 20mg PO can be taken as needed 60 to 90 minutes before a performance-type event, such as a presentation. Propranolol is effective at reducing symptoms of autonomic arousal including tachycardia, palpitations, and tremors.
  • Common side effects include: cool hands and feet, bradycardia, fatigue, and hypotension. Rare but serious side-effects include propranolol-induced depression and hypoglycemia.