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Who should not take propranolol?

If you have a known allergy to any of the ingredients in propranolol, do not take this drug. Individuals who are taking diuretics, undergoing dialysis, or who are affected by diarrhea or vomiting may develop extremely low blood pressure when taking propranolol. Because of the risk of low blood pressure, individuals should not drive or perform any potentially dangerous tasks until they know how propranolol affects them. Individuals with congestive heart failure may be at increased risk of worsening their condition. Because propranolol can cause airways to narrow, individuals with lung disease, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema, and bronchitis should use caution when using the medication. The FDA has determined that propranolol is a pregnancy category C drug, meaning there are either conflicting or insufficient studies to determine whether propranolol is harmful to a developing fetus. It has been determined that a mother can pass propranolol through her breast milk and cause harm to her nursing infant. A woman should tell her doctor if she is breast-feeding, pregnant, or plans to become pregnant before taking propranolol.

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