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Doctor insights on: Beta Blockers And Performance Anxiety

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Could beta blockers treat anxiety?

Could beta blockers treat anxiety?

That is one approach: Beat blockers are sometimes used to stop physical anxiety symptoms (especially w social anxiety disorder). It can help to reduce fast heart rate, blushing, shaking ; sweating heavily. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more


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Propranolol (inderal) useful for performance anxiety?

I don't do this.: Some drs use propanolol (inderal). I do not. This med is cognitively suppressive-esp if used episodically-so it can backfire. My experience is that there are better meds& methods. Also, I do not treat the anxiety only during testing or performing. Whatever meds are used should be used routinely; otherwise, it is less effective. Plus, the patient needs to be acclimated well in advance. ...Read more

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Are beta blockers or Lexapro (escitalopram) better for anxiety.Thanks?

Are beta blockers or Lexapro (escitalopram) better for anxiety.Thanks?

Anxiety: Each have their benefits but Lexapro (escitalopram) is used primarily for anxiety and depression. Beta blockers have multiple functions, anxiety being one. It looks like your physician in trying multiple medications to give you more help throughout the day and treat on multiple fronts (which is a good idea). ...Read more

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Which of these two Betablockers best for treating anxiety, panic attacks, SinusTachy, NSVT and Ectopics.Bisoprolol 2.5mg or Propranolol 2x 20mg a day?

Which of these two Betablockers best for treating anxiety, panic attacks, SinusTachy, NSVT and Ectopics.Bisoprolol 2.5mg or Propranolol 2x 20mg a day?

Both can be effective: Both are effective , depending on the dosage. depending of the symptoms, your Dr. Can adjust the dosage of your medication ...Read more

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Opinion of Beta Blockers (Tenormin) for regression of anxiety induced hypertension mild LVH?

Opinion of Beta Blockers (Tenormin) for regression of anxiety induced hypertension mild LVH?

It sounds like: a good choice, as your doctor evidently did also. Give it a try for a few months, I think it is a good idea. ...Read more

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Beta blockers for anxiety/migraines, does this work?

No/Yes: Beta blockers do not help symptoms of anxiety. Sometimes they will blunt the effect stress may have on your heart by blocking the same receptors that 'adrenaline-like' hormones work on. There has been many years of use to prevent migraines, particularly with propanolol which is an older generation of beta blockers. They have been known to reduce migraines. ...Read more

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How can alpha and beta blockers effect a mans erection?

How can alpha and beta blockers effect a mans erection?

Alpha good beta bad: Alpha blockers may relax blood vessel smooth muscle to allow better blood flow to the penis. A few clinical trials support this hypothesis. Beta blockers don't allow as much blood flow in and therefore can impede erections. In general though, high blood pressure is the big enemy of erections and the meds are necessary to keep any blood going to the penis. ...Read more

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Why and how can beta blockers increase depression and anxiety in some people?

Experts don't know: Depression is known to be in the top 3 side effects, but how? Is unknown. Beta-blockers 'sit' on beta-adrenergic receptors and stop them from being stimulated. So, perhaps some need not to be stopped to maintain good mood. They are actually used to treat symptoms of anxiety! work hard w/ your dr to avoid piling up side effects. If non-drug alternatives exist, try them! ...Read more

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Any alternatives to beta blockers to help with palpitations . Can not take beta blockers because of bradycardia.

Any alternatives to beta blockers to help with palpitations . Can not take beta blockers because of bradycardia.

Calcium channel bloc: Makes sure you are well hydrated....that is #1 cause of palpitations. Further eliminate caffiene containing drinks. Work on your anxiety by trying to actively stay calm, meditate, etc. AFter all those techniques, you could try Calcium channel blockers for palpitations, but they, too cause bradycardia. Norvasc (amlodipine) causes least amount of bradycardia typically... ...Read more

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Can bystolic (nebivolol) cause depression as some other beta blockers can?

Can bystolic (nebivolol) cause depression as some other beta blockers can?

Depression and meds: Reportedly, some people taking Bystolic (nebivolol) have avoided developing symptoms associated with depression. However, many other factors may contribute to someone developing depression symptoms while on any medication. If Depression symptoms occur, contact your doctor. ...Read more

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Do any beta blockers act on Central Nervous System? Labetalol, Propranalol? What about Alpha-1 blockers?

Yes, most of them: Beta blockers are either water soluble or lipid soluble. The latter cross the blood-brain barrier and act on the CNS (central nervous system). Atenelol and Naldolol are 2 water soluble ones that do not readily cross into the brain. Alpha blockers generally do act on the CNS, and the 2 most common side effects are hypotension and dizziness. ...Read more

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Prescribed inderal (propranolol) for anxiety related pvc's/adrenaline rushes/panic.Scared the inderal (propranolol) will harm my heart after researching side effects online.Help.

Prescribed inderal (propranolol) for anxiety related pvc's/adrenaline rushes/panic.Scared the inderal (propranolol) will harm my heart after researching side effects online.Help.

Side effects: Pleased to see that you actively learn about your prescribed medications. If it has not happened already, these concerns are worth a conversation with your provider to clarify why this medication was selected for you, how potential risks and side effects are monitored, and what is the risk to you based on your health history. Overall inderal (propranolol) has a low risk of cardiovascular complications. ...Read more

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