Propranolol and shortness of breath?

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   Posted 12/31/2017 8:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I started taking a small dose of propranolol about 4 months ago, for chronic migraines and to lower my blood psi. I exercise religiously. I have noticed I get short of breath easier now. I don’t want to quit the propranolol because it is helping reduce the headaches, but I don’t like being out of breath. Any suggestions?

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   Posted 1/1/2018 9:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi 10Drum, sorry to read about the shortness of breath especially when the medication is helping with the migraines. What does your neurologist have to say about this? If you haven't looked up this medication, I suggest going to & looking it up. They give a detailed list of potential side effects on medications so it may be worth checking.

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   Posted 1/1/2018 10:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Strayidog, thanks for the reply. Yes, I have, and always research everything the doctor prescribes. The propranolol (only prescription I take), does cause shortness of breath as well as a cough. It was prescribed by my primary care doctor, and I have spoke to him about it, but he’s just a pill pushing dunderhead. I don’t notice anything until the end of my winter route hike, which is up a steep hill. Since it’s been so cold the last couple of weeks, I’ve been on the tread mill, and I am going to gradually raise the incline on it, with hopes of gradually getting acclimated to the extra exertion. I was hoping there may be a different type beta blocker I could take??? I like not having the headaches, so I am going to stay on them.
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