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A 24-year-old female asked:

I have anxiety and i'm currently working with a therapist, i have to get a covid third dose and i'm afraid my heart will be racing during the process, can i take a quarter propranolol before getting the shot ? i usually take it in anxious situations?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
If this has been prescribed by your doc for such situations it is fine. I have no reason to believe it would interfere with the vaccine or its effectiveness. The rapid heart rate in such situations do not damage it. Do what you need to get through each day.
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Dr. Robert Trager
Dentistry 56 years experience
What did you do for the first two doses? You survived them so feel good about . Don't take any medications unless prescribed by your doctor. Build up your confidence and feel good about yourself, and wear earphones with soothing music while getting your COVID shot.
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Last updated May 30, 2022


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