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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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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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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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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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Can you take a beta blocker for anxiety?

Can you take a beta blocker for anxiety?

Beta blocker: these meds can help lessen some of the effects caused by the anxiety, they don't necessarily act on anxiety itself ...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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Propranolol (inderal) for test anxiety in kids?

Propranolol (inderal) for test  anxiety in kids?

I don't do this.: Some drs treat test anxiety w/ 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 this anxiety only during testing. Whatever meds are used should be used routinely; otherwise, it is less effective. Plus, the patient needs to be acclimated well in advance of test. ...Read more

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Is bisopine a beta blocker used for anxiety.It is also called Zebeta (bisoprolol).Thanks?

Is bisopine a beta blocker used for anxiety.It is also called Zebeta (bisoprolol).Thanks?

You must mean: Bisoprolol. It is typically used for hypertension, atrial fibrillation and offlabel use for heart failure. Rhe beta blocker most commonly used for periodic anxiety issues like social anxiety disorder, acute stress disorder, or panic disorder is propranolol, but many different beta blockers have been used. There isn't much reported about bisoprolol and anxiety but it may help. ...Read more

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Benefits of the selective beta blocker toprol (metoprolol) for heart failure/ cardiomyopathy?

Benefits of the selective beta blocker toprol (metoprolol) for heart failure/ cardiomyopathy?

Reverses Ht Failure: Toprol xl (specifically that formulation, not metoprolol tartrate) and Carvedilol (generic or Coreg (carvedilol) brand name) have been shown in large, well controlled clinical trials to slow and sometimes reverse the damage of heart failure. They operate by blocking a malfunctioning feedback loop of hormones and signaling molecules, ultimately by blocking the effect of adrenaline on the heart. Good question! ...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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How are calcium channel blockers and beta blockers different?

How are calcium channel blockers and beta blockers different?

Blockers: The cell membranes have receptor sites(like plug outlets)for various drugs. The calcium blockers block the calcium channel plugs and the beta blockers block the beta receptor plugs. Each drug type has different effects but both lower blood pressure and have other effects. ...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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Is Zebeta (bisoprolol) used for anxiety.

Yes: this is a class of drugs known as beta blockers. originally and still used in treating elevated blood pressure, the beta blockers have been found effective in treating anxiety. this is specifically true for the norepinephrine symptoms of racing heart, panic, lump inthe throat and shakiness.and startle response. ...Read more

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Is there a beta blocker over-the-counter for arrhythmic heartbeats?

Is there a beta blocker over-the-counter for arrhythmic heartbeats?

No: In the United States, beta blockers are only available via prescription. See your doctor if you feel you need one. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Will diltiazem HCl 120 mg help pvc's and arrythmias if beta blockers don't?

Will diltiazem HCl 120 mg  help pvc's and arrythmias if beta blockers don't?

Sometimes: These are two totally different classes of drugs and depending on the mechanism by which your pvcs arise, a calcium channel blocker may indeed be more effective. If drugs fail you, an expert center and electrophysiologist may be able to perform a PVC ablation to eliminate the beats from within the heart, but such procedures require a skilled electrophysiologist for the best chance at good results. ...Read more

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What is the drug of choice for controlling pacs and afib? Calcium channel blocker or beta blocker?

What is the drug of choice for controlling pacs and afib? Calcium channel blocker or beta blocker?

PACs and afib: Of these two usually beta blockers are better tolerated and have a somewhat lower side effect profile. There are also some who feel that beta blockers are better at preventing afib. ...Read more

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Antidote for beta blocker overdose?

Antidote for beta blocker overdose?

Answer: If severe or symptomatic, intravenous pressers (drugs that mimic adrenaline) and/or temporary pacing is needed. This is not to be tried at home kids! if not severe and patient young/healthy, might only need close monitoring and IV fluids in icu. I hope this person is in a hospital! ...Read more