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Doctor insights on: Beta Blockers For 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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Should i try beta blockers for anxiety/migraines?

Should i try beta blockers for anxiety/migraines?

Situationally: Beta blockers prevent the activation of the sympathetic nervous system, thus preventing anxiety symptoms like racing heart and clammy hands. This, in turn, prevents anxiety feedback to the brain. However, beta blockers are best used situationally, rather than in an ongoing way. For more systemic pharmaceutical treatment, you can use ssris or benzodiazapines. Best of all is good talk therapy. ...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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Is it safe to take herbal conception support tablets when taking beta blockers for anxiety?

Is it safe to take herbal conception support tablets when taking beta blockers for anxiety?

HCST: Can you please help us by telling us the active ingredient in "herbal conception support tablets'? ...Read more

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Can you tell me if my doctor will prescribe me beta blockers for anxiety?

Performance anxiety?: I can't tell you what your doctor will do - but i would bring the issue up with him or her. ...Read more

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Constant fatigue, muscle pain and mood swings. I am on anti depressants and beta blockers for anxiety and depression but I don't feel this is thecause?

Anxiety/depression: Beta blockers can cause fatigue that may ease after 1-2 months of therapy. Without knowing what anti-depressant you're on I can't comment on side effects. I would recommend seeing your doctor for further evaluation to rule out other causes for your symptoms. ...Read more

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Is it possible that reducing beta-blockers cause higher anxiety?

More Likely...: It's more likely that it causes symptoms that mimic anxiety. We call this rebound tachycardia and it feels like a rapid heart rate with a bit of a forcefulness to the heart beat. It's rarely associated with the true mental changes of anxiety... ...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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Why is it that beta blockers can possibly cause anxiety? Inderal (propranolol) was used years ago in the theatre to treat anxiety.

Anxiety and Anxiety: First, you are correct. Propranolol, a beta blocker, at an extremely low dose is the most commonly prescribed medication for 'performance' anxiety. It blunts the heart from the emotional response when one is nervous and has to keep a clear head when performing. Regular doses of beta blockers can at times increase depression and anxiety as a side effect. The difference is the dose taken regular. ...Read more

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I understand beta blockers are sometimes prescribed for anxiety. I take coreg (carvedilol) for hbp. I also have gad. Will this medication help gad?

I understand beta blockers are sometimes prescribed for anxiety. I take coreg (carvedilol) for hbp. I also have gad. Will this medication help gad?

A little: It tends to help anxiety because it suppresses the body's reaction to adrenaline (such as palpitations), which only makes us more anxious, so it can help break a vicious cycle. And that's why it's used for stage fright. But that may not be enough to full control gad. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Feeling Anxious (Definition)

different subjective and objective symptoms of anxiety. The ones usually first encountered are: rapid heart beats, increased breathing, hypervigilance, and rapid thinking. For a complete list and a thorough understanding of the how's and why's ...Read more