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I have suffered from panic attacks on & off over the last few years. When I get one, my hr can get up to 150. Is this normal?

I have suffered from panic attacks on & off over the last few years. When I get one, my hr can get up to 150. Is this normal?

Yes: Hopefully this resolves in 30 minutes or so. It may even slow some in 10. Some folk experience even higher heart rates during an attack, and do not incur permanent damage, so don't worry about that. However, CBT therapy can offer a chance to learn skills to avoid, reduce and manage stress, anxiety and panic. It can be a good investment in your quality of life. Best! ...Read more

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Panic (Definition)

Panic is a psychological and somatic state of anxiety usually involving extreme fear, characterized by symptoms such as shortness of breath, rapid pounding heartbeat, sometimes dizziness or light-headedness, tunnel vision, a sense of unreality, and a feeling of needing to escape from ...Read more


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I have athsma but could I take a beta blocker for driving test anxiety and panic attacks. No antidepressent medication has helped with this.

I have athsma but could I take a beta blocker for driving test anxiety and panic attacks. No antidepressent medication has helped with this.

Might not help too: And may flare up your asthma which may increase your anxiety. You are on Symbicrt, which contains a long acting beta agonist, which isn't a good combination with beta blockers, also your thyroid problem may be contributing to your anxiety. Confer with your psychiatrist/doctor and have a list of your medications for possible interactions/contraindications, other techniques may be helpful, goodluck ...Read more

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Was having a bad panic attack after I ate so I took two beta blockers but I still feel it pounding somewhat. Am I having a heart attack?

Was having a bad panic attack after I ate so I took two beta blockers but I still feel it pounding somewhat. Am I having a heart attack?

See your doctor: It is very rare for someone your age to have a heart attack. Talk to your doctor about your symptoms and appropriate treatment. Avoid the use of caffeine especially high energy drinks. If you smoke, quit. Palpitations can be a symptom of panic and anxiety. Your doctor can order an EKG and check your thyroid. Avoid any illicit drug use especially stimulants such as meth or cocaine. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Im from the uk, age 16, im currently taking 1/2 beta blocker 3 times a day to stop me from taking a panic attack etc w Could i overdose on this much and what times.should.i take these at?

Im from the uk, age 16, im currently taking 1/2 beta blocker 3 times a day to stop me from taking a panic attack etc w
Could i overdose on this much and what times.should.i take these at?

Dose dependent: Beta blockers may be considered an off label "anxiolytic" (anti-anxiety drug), but the reality is that doctors appear to have no idea how it works. That should be a fairly clear warning sign as to why beta blockers should not be your first choice when it comes to your anxiety treatment. Scientists have no idea why beta blockers appear to reduce anxiety. Pl consult your GP re optimal dosing. ...Read more

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Always aware of heart beat, have panic attacks and anxious, scared to take pills due to side effects. Had ecgs, echos etc. Asthma so can't take beta-b'?

Always aware of heart beat, have panic attacks and anxious, scared to take pills due to side effects. Had ecgs, echos etc. Asthma so can't take beta-b'?

Can take BB: Beta blockers may be the best choice since the other available medications options can lead to physical dependance. A trial of cardioselective beta blockers should be okay in an asthmatic. Non-medicinal therapies such as exercise, yoga, meditation, etc. Should be tried first. ...Read more

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How low does blood sugar have to go to experience anxiety? I start feeling pretty bad in the 70's and have been having anxiety and panic attacks.

How low does blood sugar have to go to experience anxiety? I start feeling pretty bad in the 70's and have been having anxiety and panic attacks.

Hypoglycemia: Anxiety is a frequent symptom of hypoglycemia. 70 is the lowest threshold of what is considered the normal range of blood sugar. So, if you are feeling hypoglycemic at around 70, you may be sensitive to fluctuations in your blood sugar levels. Have an evaluation with your physician. Make sure to keep a quick release glucose product with you to help bring your sugars back into normal range quickly. ...Read more

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What’s the best therapy/treatment for panic attacks?

Panic: Best therapy is combination of cognitive behavior therapy, relaxation, breathing exercises, and medications to block panic attacks. ...Read more

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Panic Attack (Definition)

Panic disorder is a type of anxiety disorder in which someone has repeated attacks of intense fear that something bad will occur when not expected. The person lives in fear that ...Read more