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Igot the results. I have prostate cancer.” It’s the text message no woman wants to receive from their partner.

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But those were the very words that popped up on Katrina Gilruth’s screen while she was at work in August 2020, just one year into her long-distance relationship with Ross.

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“I’m the kind of person who thinks a lot and you can’t help but think the worst could happen,” she recalls.

“I got upset for him, and myself. I thought, ‘Why him? Why so early in our relationship?’”

Soon after, Katrina, 42, moved from Sydney to Canberra where she was able to work remotely and support Ross while he underwent a radical prostatectomy. While successful in removing the cancer, the treatment has left Ross, 57, with incontinence and intimacy challenges.

“We were thrown into this so quickly and [I knew the] surgery would change [intimacy] for the rest of our lives,” Katrina says.

While Katrina took some comfort in the fact 95 per cent of prostate cancer patients survive at least five years after their diagnosis, she says every check-up reignites fears of a worstcase scenario.

“You hold the feelings in and try to be strong for him,” she says.

But Katrina isn’t alone in her story; behind many of the 24,000 men diagnosed with prostate cancer each year in Australia stands a loving partner who is often as rocked by the diagnosis and treatment as the patient themselves.

So, how can you look after yourself if you find your relationship navigating the daunting world of a prostate cancer diagnosis?


As much as you might want to pour your feelings out to your partner, Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia psychologist Tracey Gardner says some men can struggle talking about personal matters.

“Women often like to talk things through, that’s how we cope, whereas men often have an internal processing style of coping, preferring to nut things out for themselves,” she says.

She suggests asking if your partner wants to talk and understanding if they need to silently process the news initially.

“Let him know that you’re here to talk when he’s ready, providing opportunities for

him to talk things over if he’s open to it, and taking things slowly. It’s important to also respect your partner’s preferred style of coping,” she suggests.

Sometimes, turning to friends, extended family or a psychologist who understands the impact of cancer can help women process their experiences.

“The focus is often all on the person with the cancer, but it’s important that partners can talk it through with someone, especially if their partner is an internal processor,” Tracey says.

“It’s important to acknowledge that there are many losses for both parties following the treatment for prostate cancer, including sexual dysfunction and incontinence, as well as fears around mortality, financial security and fears for your future health and lifestyle.”


It might be tempting to stop all activities to put your energy into supporting your partner, but Tracey suggests putting your trust in the health team and continuing to make time for yourself.

“Women are well known for putting our own needs last but remember the oxygen mask analogy; we need to fit your own oxygen mask in a plane so we can best help others,” she says.

“It’s important to keep up our own appointments with self-care, including social connection and relaxation.”


The word “cancer” can make us assume the worst, but Tracey advises it’s far more valuable to take things one day at a time.

“Our brains are wired to immediately jump to the future worst-case scenario; that’s helpful if you’ve been told there’s a big brown snake at the back door because your brain will jump to worst case and stop you from stepping out unaware. But with cancer, the actual threat past the initial treatment is often imagined and not always reality,” she says.

“It’s important to focus on the present and what the next step is, rather than getting ahead of the plan.”

With fructose being linked to metabolic disorders, is it time to limit your fruit intake?

As new research links too much fructose with metabolic disorders, should you cap your fruit intake?

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With, perhaps, the exception of your nightly eight hours, there are few health targets as etched into our collective consciousness as the five-a-day. And yet, the number keeps on climbing, with recent research pointing to the benefits of upping your daily intake of fruit and veg portions to seven or even 10 a day – the latter has been shown to help protect against heart disease, high blood pressure and some cancers.

There’s just one potential snag. With studies linking high consumption of fructose – a natural sugar found in fruit – with metabolic disorders, can you have too much of a good thing?

A quick glance at the research would suggest so. There’s a great deal of evidence to show that high intake of fructose is associated with an imbalance in cholesterol levels, high blood pressure and fatty liver disease, along with other metabolic disorders, such as heart disease.

But dig into how those studies were conducted and you begin to see why fruit is actually innocent.

First, such studies were observational, meaning we can’t conclude with any certainty that the fructose was responsible. What’s more, they primarily investigated the effects of high-fructose corn syrup, which is a concentrated form of fructose and a common type of free (or added) sugar found in doughnuts, cakes and the like. It’s also one we should all be reducing our intake of.

Any advice to limit sugar intake doesn’t apply to fresh fruit, though. That’s because the fructose found in fruit is released into your bloodstream much slower and doesn’t spike your blood sugar like a biscuit does. That fruit is also packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants only makes the case for eating more of it stronger.

But it’s advice that comes with a caveat. Dried fruit is a more concentrated source of fructose, so the recommended portion size is smaller (30g rather than 80g). And the way that smoothies and fruit juice are processed releases sugars from the cells, making them ‘free’, which increases their sugar content. It’s why you should stick to 150ml of fruit juice or smoothie a day.

Still struggling to find the right balance? A 2021 study* concluded that splitting your five-a-day into two portions of fruit and three portions of veg is an optimal ratio. Shooting for 10-a-day? Make it three and seven.

Heartbreak and healing A VOTE FOR LOVE!

Auckland advocates Troy and Tabetha found love after loss as local board members

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In 2020, when Troy Elliott lost his wife Tracey to breast cancer after 20 years of marriage, he was battle-weary and grieving. Finding love again was the furthest thing from his mind.

But a drive to fight for access to cancer drugs – which pushed Troy to enter local politics – has unexpectedly led him to a new romance and healing from heartbreak.

This month, the O¯ ra¯kei local board member married Manurewa member Tabetha Gorrie in a moving ceremony at Auckland’s Holy Trinity Cathedral, with their first child due in September.

“Normally when two politicians meet, it ends up in tears – yet this time it’s ended up in rings and a baby,” laughs Troy. “We got to know each other after we were both elected to our local boards and discovered we were both going through our own battles.

“Tabetha’s marriage had broken down during the same time that Tracey had passed away. As good friends, we were able to support and console each other. Neither of us believed there was any chance of love at the time.

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“Me, being 22 years older than her, thought, ‘What would a young woman see in an old bugger like me?’ But then the realisation hit that it was becoming a bit more than friendship.”

Tabetha agrees, “I really admired Troy’s frankness and his political knowledge, and I was amazed by the way he handled Tracey’s passing while still advocating for cancer patients.”

They quickly became inseparable and, knowing just how short life can be, the 53-year-old decided to spontaneously propose to Tabetha, 31, under the blood moon in May last year.

“It was very romantic,” she says, smiling at him. “He presented me with his grandmother’s antique diamond engagement ring. Then we toasted with Champagne for us and lemonade for our two boys, Matthew [eight] and Joshua [five], and set about planning the wedding.”

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Troy says they had no plans to have children together. However, in January, there was “shock and happiness” when he found out his fiancée was pregnant. It will be his first child.

“Early on, Tracey and I had decided we didn’t want children and I had no desire to have them at all, until I got to know Tabetha and her two monkeys,” he admits.

“I realised that I probably am a big child at heart. I absolutely loved spending time with them and consider them part of my family now.

To add a new baby boy is the icing on the wedding cake!”

The pregnancy only caused one problem. When Tabetha went to her final wedding dress fitting, it didn’t cater for a seven-monthspregnant body.

“I had to race to Modes Bridal Boutique on the Saturday before the wedding,” she laughs. “There was one dress on the shelf that fit perfectly and obviously was meant to be.”

“And she looked spectacular on the day!” adds Troy, revealing he was a bundle of nerves beforehand. “Reverend Anne Mills calmed me down, but I still had tears flowing as Tabetha walked down the aisle.”

The lovebirds said their funny and personal vows – Troy promised to fold the towels properly “because I’m bloody useless” – in the beautiful Bishop Selwyn

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‘To add a new baby boy is the icing on the wedding cake!’

Chapel at the back of the cathedral.

Both Tabetha’s boys loved being included in the wedding as well, with Joshua being the ring bearer and Matthew performing a reading, before the newlyweds danced out of the church to the Harry Styles hit Watermelon Sugar.

“It enabled us to laugh and smile at the end of a big service full of emotion,” explains Troy, whose 83-year-old father, former MP John Elliott, was gravely ill and unable to attend the service. Sadly, John passed away 10 days after the wedding, but the couple plan to name their new son Jonathan in honour of his memory.

Both John and Tracey were mentioned during the emotional speeches – MC’d by Auckland councillor Desley Simpson, before Tabetha and Troy enjoyed their first dance to Clinton Kane’s I Guess I’m In Love.

“We chose it simply based on the lyrics, which really match our feelings for each other,” tells Troy. “The words say, ‘You’re everything that I want, but I didn’t think I’d find… Someone who is worth the wait of all the years of my heartbreak. With you, I see hope again.’”

When we chat to the happy lovebirds, they are fresh from their honeymoon/babymoon in Fiji. Asked if they talked politics at all on their holiday, they don’t hesitate in replying wryly, “Ah, we didn’t talk about anything else!”

Troy adds, “To us, work is 24-7. We enjoy bouncing around policy ideas together and planning them out in preparation for the busy months ahead with the campaign period starting. My political career has been one of the lowest paying roles I’ve had since I was 20 years old, but the most rewarding – I feel like I’m achieving something.”

Although his late father never doubted his son would end up in politics, for Troy, the realisation slowly crept up on him when he began battling to make cancer treatment more accessible.

When his first wife Tracey was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer in 2014, she was told she only had two weeks to live. But in fact, “the true warrior” lived for another six years, thanks to the couple selling their house so Tracey could afford cancer drug Kadcyla, which cost almost $9000 every three weeks.

“We were forced to do that because, like so many New Zealanders, we weren’t able to pay for these drugs that were phenomenally out of everybody’s reach,” says Troy. “But, of course, we would have done anything as Tracey battled so strongly to live. We agreed to start on Kadcyla, which was already fully funded in the UK and Australia.”

Troy says the drug halved Tracey’s cancer count and significantly reduced the size of her tumour.

“Together we fought and advocated for two different drugs over time – Kadcyla for HER-2 positive metastatic breast cancer and Alecensa for positive advanced non-small cell lung cancer, which both were made publicly available, thankfully, and extended Tracey’s life.

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“She was unusual in that she never thought she was actually going to die,” says Troy. “Even when the rest of us knew the end was near, she was planning how she was going to come home from being in care at a retirement village.”

Tracey died on 31 October 2020 – the last day of Breast Cancer Awareness month. Troy was out collecting for the Breast Cancer Foundation when he got a call to say she had passed.

“Life as I knew it stopped,” he says. “I had been through six and a half years of caring and fighting for Tracey, but I knew I would continue with cancer advocacy until the day I take my last breath.”

‘Extreme Weight Loss’ shocker: Contestant kicked off show for bad behavior

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Don’t give Chris Powell any excuses and you won’t find yourself in the crosshairs of this talented trainer. The fans of “Extreme Weight Loss” on Tuesday night might find themselves feeling a bit uncomfortable as there isn’t a happy ending for one participant. According to WOTV on Tuesday, for the first time ever someone gets kicked off the show and it’s not going to be the best for one person who hoped to actually transform their life.

The first participant is Kenny a 410-pound man who was a former Marine. Kenny is a 35-year-old married father of three from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. According to the show, Kenny’s depression and weight issues became a real concern for him and his family. After severe tornadoes ripped through his hometown of Moore, Oklahoma Kenny realized how short life really is for everyone. Vowing to turn his life around once and for all, Kenny wrote a letter to trainer and transformation specialist Chris Powell asking for help.

The other contestant is Christy who is 380 pounds and looking to get fit. The 36 year-old participant has been overweight her entire life. Growing up in Las Vegas, Christy has been a victim of bullying in school and also lacked support of her family to lose weight and get healthy.. Now, a caretaker to her ailing mother, Christy doesn’t have a job or a boyfriend, and rarely leaves her house at all. Hoping to re-take control of her life, she wrote a letter to Chris asking for help.

The fans of “Extreme Weight Loss” have been wondering what could be such bad behavior on a reality show that a participant could be kicked off. While there are so many possibilities, viewers hope the scenario isn’t too embarrassing as people are looking to undergo transformations and sometimes the shock of a new environment is tough. Of course, everyone hopes for the best, but the ABC show has already warned everyone that a scandal on the show is going down (and viewers get to see it all play out too.)

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Did you know that your ability to gain weight is in uenced by genetics?

People with a tendency towards weight driven gain, tend to feel hungrier and are are to eat more than those people who more naturally slim.

Help counter your genetics by choosing longer, meals that make you feel fuller for such as soups and salads containing as protein and high bre ingredients such vegetables and whole grains.

That morning cappuccino could be your weight-loss sticking point. Milky cafe-style coffees often contain the calorie equivalent to eating a slice of bread (or more if you’re ordering a large!).

Swap to a short or long black, and hold off adding any sugar to optimise your weight loss.

Drinking 2 litres of water a day can help weight loss. Drinking it around mealtimes can help with the feeling of fullness. If you don’t like the taste of water, add a wedge of orange, lemon or lime to make it more appealing.

If you don’t plan, you plan to fail. Healthy effort diets don’t create themselves. It takes and planning, until you create a routine. out

Take the time once a week to map write your weekly meals and snacks and up a shopping list. Then stick to it. food

This will prevent you buying extra ‘fun’ that may go to waste, or unnecessary foods that you’re trying to avoid eating.

You’ve seen the TV ads for drugs, but are there effective natural alternatives? The answer is yes.

Dealing with Erectile Dysfunction Safe, effective natural solutions.

Erectile dysfunction (ED) refers to the inability to get or keep an erection for sexual intercourse. Once thought to be a psychological problem, ED has since been shown to be much more of a physical issue. However, psychological factors can sometimes come into play as well, compounding the problem.

diseases and symptoms of the cardiovascular and circulatory systems account for almost 50 percent of all ED cases. This includes atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), peripheral vascular disease, heart attack, and high blood pressure. In fact, ED is often a red flag for many underlying health problems, including diabetes, neurological diseases, hormone imbalances, BPH, sleep apnea, COPD, and depression.

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Diet is important for the prevention and treatment of ED. A review of four clinical trials of men with ED found a Mediterranean diet to be effective in preventing ED and preserving sexual function. Another study of men with ED and metabolic syndrome (elevated blood glucose, excess body fat around the waist, high blood pressure, and abnormal triglyceride levels) found that the Mediterranean diet improved the quality of erections.

Regular exercise also improves pelvic blood flow. A longitudinal study found that older men who are physically active have fewer erectile difficulties and enjoy sex more often.

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L-arginine, an amino acid found in protein-rich foods such as red meat, soy, and dairy products, is a precursor to the compound nitric oxide (NO), which causes smooth muscle relaxation and blood vessel dilation in the penile tissues. Some studies show that L-arginine results in beneficial effects (2,800–6,000 mg daily), although it seems to work better when combined with Pycnogenol.

Studies show that a combination of Pycnogenol and L-arginine can help improve erectile function, increase duration of erection, and decrease time to achieve an erection. In a 3-month study, 1,700 mg of L-arginine and 120 mg of Pycnogenol per day enabled 92.5 percent of participants to experience a normal erection.

L-citrulline increases L-arginine blood levels. In a small study, L-citrulline was shown to improve erectile function. Take 500 mg three times daily on an empty stomach.

Korean red ginseng was shown to improve erectile function in a study from the International Journal of Impotence Research. And a review of seven randomized controlled trials found that Korean red ginseng is effective in the treatment of ED. Ginseng has been shown to increase NO synthesis, which would explain its benefit for ED. Doses used in studies vary from 1,800 to 2,700 mg daily, or 300 mg daily of concentrated standardized extracts.

Why Sex is an Important Overall Component of a Healthy Lifestyle

If you went by how the media portrays sex, you could easily be misled on why sex is such a crucial component of a healthy lifestyle. In the media and on television and the internet, sex is often portrayed for arousal only as a tool for sales. From pornography to nudity and lust, sex is often portrayed as something many might consider taboo. On the other side of the coin you have Viagra commercials and now a new women’s Viagra. This represents the other side of the spectrum, which deals with curing dysfunction.

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However, what the media often fails to do is identify why sex is such a crucial overall component of a healthy lifestyle and how it can help assist you in your weight loss and fitness goals. Here’s a look at some of the most healthy benefits of sex.

Weight Loss

It’s great that you are on a fitness regimen that entails exercise and cardiovascular conditioning, both of which will help you to burn calories, but having sex several times a week can make your calorie expenditure that much greater and better overall if you’re somebody who wants to lose weight.

Aerobic Conditioning

Sex is definitely an aerobic exercise. Depending on how good you are at it, it can be high aerobic or even anaerobic, which can help boost your metabolism. This is good for the cardiovascular system and overall conditioning.

Body Fat Loss

Stress leads to the buildup of cortisol, which makes it very difficult for the body to burn fat efficiently. Cortisol is one of the main reasons why many people have difficulty ridding of fat. Stress relief is the surest way to reduce cortisol and prevent cortisol increases, and one of the surest ways to do this is to have good sex.

Feel Good Endorphins

Sex is known to boost brain chemicals known as neurotransmitters that make you feel good, particularly serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine. Since mental health is an important part of an overall healthy lifestyle, this is another healthy benefit sex can have for you. Getting these chemicals going has numerous benefits for the brain and body.


Oxytocin is a well known hormone associated with sex that also leads to natural feelings of euphoria and happiness. It is most commonly triggered after orgasms and very associated with feelings of love and belonging. The more oxytocin you can experience, the better you will feel and more happy you will be.


Depending on what positions you enjoy, sex can also strengthen the muscles. Many positions require squatting or positioning the body like a push up. Some other positions require movements similar to dips and bicep curls. The abdominals are always working hard, as well as the hips so sex is a great way to strengthen the abs and help achieve a six pack.

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Despite many common taboos still associated with sex today and the media’s portrayal of sex exclusively as a sales tool, it is actually a key component of an overall healthy lifestyle. Having a healthy active sex life can work wonders for your fitness goals, levels of happiness, and daily life satisfaction.


Prostate Cancer May Respond To A Low-Fat Diet

As men age they generally live in fear of getting prostate cancer. This can be a devastating illness which can result in severe pain and suffering and premature death. And, so men are always searching for naturally safe manners to prevent prostate cancer or to treat this illness if it strikes. Bioscience Technology reported on Nov. 19, 2013, that a low-fat diet changes prostate cancer tissue. UCLA researchers found that men with prostate cancer who ate a low-fat diet and took fish oil supplements had lower levels of pro-inflammatory substances in their blood.

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Mayo Clinic notes that prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer which occurs in men. Prostate cancer generally grows slowly and initially remains confined to the prostate gland, where it may not cause any serious harm. Although some types of prostate cancer grow slowly and may need only minimal or no treatment, other types of prostate cancer are very aggressive and can spread quickly. Prostate cancer has been recognized as a leading cause of death among men in the United States. It’s estimated that greater than 230,000 American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year alone, and more than 29,000 will die from this disease.

Aside from lower levels of pro-inflammatory substances in their blood, men with prostate cancer who ate a low-fat diet and took fish oil supplements also had a lower cell cycle progression score, which is a measure used to predict cancer recurrence, than men who ate a typical Western diet. Lead study author Dr William Aronson, has said these findings are significant because lowering the cell cycle progression (CCP) score has the potential to help prevent prostate cancers from becoming more aggressive. These findings offer promise for safe nutritional approaches to help deal with prostate cancer.

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UCLA Stem Cell Research May Lead To Improved Prostate Cancer Treatment

Researchers at UCLA’s Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research have made another breakthrough in the fight against prostate cancer. They found that two types of malignant prostate cancer cells can develop in one type of stem cell; thus, making prostate cancer stem cells a “moving target” for treatments. The researchers note that the finding could lead to new and improved treatments that can target prostate cancer cells. They published their findings online on November 26 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Adult stem cells are regenerative cells that replace diseased or damaged cells in organs. The researchers previously reported that prostate cancer can originate in basal type stem cells. The new study, based on that research, showed that tumors can start in basal stem cells that evolve to luminal cells that result in aggressive spread of the cancer and that these luminal cells can change in their characteristics over time; thus, making them resistant to treatment.

Study author Dr. Andrew Goldstein explained, “People have begun to think about cancers as being driven by stem cells in the same way that many of our adult organs are maintained by dedicated stem cells. Based on this new understanding, a lot of excitement surrounds the concept of going right to the root of the tumor and targeting those stem cells to eradicate the cancer.”

Patients with aggressive prostate cancer are often treated with anti-androgen (anti-male hormone) therapy; the basal stem cells that develop into the cancer cells look different from the luminal cells that maintain the aggressive disease. In addition, the tumor stem cells that are not destroyed by the anti-androgen treatment look different from the previous two. Because of this process, in order to develop an appropriate treatment, the researchers must identify cell types that evolve as the disease and its treatment develop. Now that the researchers have determined that prostate cancer stem cells can change what their appearance, he investigators are now searching for possible elements that are consistent within the stem cells and do not change through stem cell evolution.

They are of the opinion that this knowledge will help develop drugs that target the evolving cancer stem cells. Thus , they are now attempting to detect some of the factors that define a stem cell regardless of its external appearance. They stress that it is extremely important to understand the continual evolution of the stem cell’s physical appearance, particularly as tumors adapt to become resistant to new and more potent therapies.

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Propranolol For The Prevention Of Migraine Headaches


The searing pain of a migraine headache descends on you while you are at work. The pain is so excruciating that you can’t function, and you need to go home. This is the third time this month this has happened, and you are worried about how this is going to affect your job. A coworker tells you about a drug called propranolol. She says it works great for her, but you are leery of drugs and need to know more. What is propranolol, and how does it help migraine headaches?

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Migraine Headaches

Migraines are the second most common type of headache in the United States. In 2009 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 10% of men and nearly 22% of women suffer from migraines or severe headaches. Of those roughly 38% fit the criteria for preventive therapy, but less than 13% actually use it.

The pain of a migraine usually begins gradually and can last hours. Often light or physical activity worsen the pain, and many people seek relief by lying down in a dark quiet room. Other common symptoms that may accompany a migraine are nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light and noise.

Migraines can be triggered by many things, including stress, menstrual periods, lack of sleep, hunger and certain foods.


Propranolol prevents migraine headaches. It is a beta-blocker, and beta-blockers have been shown to be reduce the frequency of migraines in 60% to 80% of people who use them.

Propranolol was originally used to treat high blood pressure. Of all the beta-blockers, propranolol has proven to be one of the most effective at preventing migraines.

Although there are other medications used to prevent migraine headaches, propranolol is a good choice for people who have high blood pressure, heart disease or anxiety.


The dosage that has been shown to be most effective is between 120 mg to 240 mg. Your doctor may start you off with 80 mg daily and monitor how well that works. Most likely your dose will be gradually increased until you have a satisfactory response.

Propranolol comes in two formulations, a short acting tablet and an extended-release capsule. The daily dose does not differ between the two, but with the extended-release formulation you will need to take fewer capsules.


Propranolol is not without risk. Many people cannot tolerate it and end up switching to another drug. It can also mask the signs of hypoglycemia and should be used with caution in diabetics.

In some people with asthma, the use of beta-blockers can initiate an asthma attack. In general, those with asthma should not use propranolol.

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Adverse Effects

The most common adverse effects reported with propranolol include fatigue, depression, nausea and insomnia In men it may cause impotence.