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A 27-year-old male asked:

can vagal tone be effected by depression and anxiety?

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Dr. John Gaffney
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Yup: Easy answer is yes ... The vagus nerve responds to many changes in homeostasis. In fact, increased vagal tone has been used for quite a few years as an indicator for treatment success with psychopharmacological agents and cognitive therapies. Hope that helps!

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A 42-year-old female asked:

I have been taking 20mg of proprananol for a week and a half for anxiety. Yesterday was the 1st. Day I haven't took any is it ok to do this.?

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Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Inderal (propranolol): 20 mg. Is a low dose. Not sure how many times a day it is prescribed, but as long as you had no problems with your blood pressure, skipping one dose should be ok. Inform your doctor if any symptoms occur.

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