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Can propranolol help my social anxiety?

Can propranolol help my social anxiety?

Propranolol: Propranolol can ameliorate the catecholamine related symptoms caused by anxiety. We use it to help performers who are anxious about going on and others who get anxious in front of groups. ...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 for physical anxiety - side effects?

Propranolol for physical anxiety - side effects?

Exercise limitations: Propranolol, a "beta blocker", is usually well tolerated. However, it should not be taken by patients prone to asthma, nor by diabetics. In otherwise healthy people, it will slow the heart rate (to about 60 bpm), making "cardio" type exercise difficult. Also, at higher doses it lowers blood pressure, which can cause dizziness, fainting, etc. ...Read more

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Propranolol for physical anxiety - does it have side effects?

Propranolol for physical anxiety - does it have side effects?

Propranolol: Is a high blood pressure medicine which can work very well for performance anxiety. In the proper dose, there should be no side effects. If the dose is too much for you, you could experience low blood pressure with fatigue and dizziness/light headedness. ...Read more

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What is the correct dosage of propranolol for performance anxiety. Many Thanks?

What is the correct dosage of propranolol for performance anxiety. Many Thanks?

Lowest dose: It's usually the lowest available does. However this medicine needs to be prescribed and should not be used other than as prescribed. You should never use another persons medicine. ...Read more

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I take propranolol occasionaly on my own to relieve anxiety, is this harmful!?

I take propranolol occasionaly on my own to relieve anxiety, is this harmful!?

Anxiety: Low dose Propranolol taken daily or as needed is ok for anxiety just double check with your doc if its ok in your case. ...Read more

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Is it safe to lift weights while on 10mg of Propranolol (2x-3x per day) for anxiety?

Is it safe to lift weights while on 10mg of Propranolol (2x-3x per day) for anxiety?

Usually: Unless you have been told otherwise by a doctor lifting weights while taking this medication is okay. Remember to start off with a light load, and increase gradually. Exercising can help with anxiety, so it's a positive sign that you are asking these kinds of questions. Good luck, and I hope you continue to feel better. ...Read more

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Can I be weaned off propranolol 20mg per day since I use it for anxiety and I am ok now. Is it possile?

Can I be weaned off propranolol 20mg per day since I use it for anxiety and I am ok now. Is it possile?

Yes: You really don't need to wean off of it, but if it would make you feel more comfortable, you can take 10 mg for a few days then stop. ...Read more

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Is propranolol safe for anxiety and if yes what is the dose and complications expected in a 22 year old male?

Is propranolol safe for anxiety and if yes what is the dose and complications expected in a 22 year old male?

40mgm 1 hour before: 40 mgm to be taken one hour before the performance. It works only for performance related anxiety like giving a speech, audition, interview. It is a beta blocker and prevents adrenaline from binding to various beta receptor sites found in heart. Lungs and certain parts of autonomic system. Used for this it can slow your heart, cause drowsiness, nausea and lightheadedness in some people. Mostly well tolerat ...Read more

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Been on 10mg propranolol beta blocker for 6 weeks 1 a day for anxiety. Can I just stop taking them? Or do I go down to 5mg?

Been on 10mg propranolol beta blocker for 6 weeks 1 a day for anxiety. Can I just stop taking them? Or do I go down to 5mg?

Best 5mg: Probably best to reduce and then stop but the dose that your taking is probably safe to stop since plain Propranolol (not extended release) is only effective for 4-8 hrs after taken. ...Read more

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Is it possible to develop tolerance to propranolol? If I use it for performance anxiety may I need to step up my dosage over time?

Is it possible to develop tolerance to propranolol? If I use it for performance anxiety may I need to step up my dosage over time?

Not usually.: Intermittent use should not cause this. There is a lot of room to move with dosing on propranolol. You may develop an increased need for meds over time but may just as well be related to increased anxiety! ...Read more

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I am prescribed 1 40mg propranolol (beta blocker) twice a day for anxiety. I have had 1 today to start it off, should I stay at 1 or increase to 2?

Propranolol dosing: Propranolol, as a beta blocker, can lower blood pressure and heart rate, so I would advise to stick with 1 tablet initially. Low blood pressure can cause dizziness and feeling faint. Make sure to stay well hydrated when taking it and to be careful when getting up from sitting down or lying down. ...Read more

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Is propranolol 160 mg, 3 x a day a too much? (for anxiety) I've had no negative effects at all. Sometimes I take 120 or 80 depending on anxiety level.

Not really.: This dose is moderately high but monitor your blood pressure because it may go down. Do not stand too fast or turn your head abruptly. If you don't have any negative effects and it alleviates your anxiety, continue and take care. ...Read more

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I used to take 160 mg propranolol for chest sensations from anxiety. I realized this is a big dose and reduced to 80 mg. Now 40 mg. Is this sufficient?

I used to take 160 mg propranolol for chest sensations from anxiety. I realized this is a big dose and reduced to 80 mg. Now 40 mg. Is this sufficient?

You tell me.: 160 mg/day is not a big dose. This medication is given to reduce symptoms. If you feel fine on the current dose continue. Consider decreasing to see how low you can go. The object should be not to need anything if you can help it. ...Read more

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Propranolol for anxiety, is this okay?

A/W Dr Chilakapati: While Propranolol can be beneficial - it doesn't treat the underlying cause for anxiety disorders. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about propranolol (for anxiety)?

Propranolol, anxiety: Propranolol is a beta blocker that has peripheral and central effects. B blockers are often used to treat hi blood pressure (by relaxing veins, mostly). At loer doses Propranolol is used to treat anxiety. Pts most commonly feel diminished physical sensations associated with anx (less flushing, heart pounding, sweating, hot flashes), as well as less worry. Talk with ur doc abt the right tx for u :) ...Read more

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Which quantity of propranolol should I take for current anxiety and how long does it take to have any effect?

I'm old fashioned,: And I expect some might think it's the way things are now, but prescription medications - especially those being used for off-label conditions - are serious stuff. There are warnings about who and how to take it, what to avoid, etc. It has potential side effects and w/drawal risks. Ask a doctor to prescribe the right thing for you and get all the info you can about proper use and what to expect. ...Read more

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I am prescribed 1 40mg propranolol twice a day for anxiety, so it is ok to take one at about 8am and then the other at about 6pm?

I am prescribed 1 40mg propranolol twice a day for anxiety, so it is ok to take one at about 8am and then the other at about 6pm?

Yes, dosage is fine: When meds are prescribed twice per day, usual dose is one in AM and one in evening. Unless your doctor has specific instructions (such as one with breakfast, or one upon awakening and one at bedtime) the times you suggest are OK. Try to take them around the same time each day, that way you are less likely to forget dose. If you have more questions, check with your prescribing doctor. Good luck ...Read more

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I have 10mg Propranolol tablets. Can I take 2 of those instead of 1? Because it doesn't seem to be working. It was prescribed for anxiety.

I have 10mg Propranolol tablets. Can I take 2 of those instead of 1? Because it doesn't seem to be working. It was prescribed for anxiety.

Not w/o talking toMD: Propranolol may not be working, may be underdosed, or may not be appropriate. In all cases, relay your concern to the prescribing doctor before changing the dose. While some people take 20 mg at a time, you also run the risk of low BP & a slow heart rate, both of which can be harmful. How long have you been taking Propranolol? The anti-anxiety effects take time to build up. Use HealthTap Prime. ...Read more

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Prescribed 10 mg propranolol for test anxiety. Trying it out tomorrow to see how I'm affected. How long will the effects last/ when can I drive?

Prescribed 10 mg propranolol for test anxiety. Trying it out tomorrow to see how I'm affected. How long will the effects last/ when can I drive?

Propranolol 10mg: Hello~ this is a minute dose of beta - blocker and you won't feel any side effects. You can drive immediately after taking it. Besides, B blockers only make you tired and a tad drowsy in high dose. You'll be just fine on that dose! Thanks ...Read more

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I was prescribed Propranolol for motorway anxiety and took 40mg tablet 1 hour before a journey. I felt very 'other worldly' and spaced out and it didn't work for me, should I increase the dosage?

Best to ask provider: Try to get advice from the prescriber. If impossible, you can probably safely double that dose, but don't do more than that w/o medical approval for your specific body and conditions. These drugs are powerful agents and that's why only a select group of licensed authorized professional can prescribe them or modify the specifics. Take your well-being seriously - you deserve to be treated w/ care! ...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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What is the typical dosage of propranolol given to someone with anxiety/panic disorder?

What is the typical dosage of propranolol given to someone with anxiety/panic disorder?

Depends: First thing is be clear that you have panic disorder, versus panic attacks due to a medical cause. Next, the doctor needs to know that you do not have asthma or diabetes or any trouble with your heart ryhthm. When I use it with my patients, I sometimes start at a low dose twice per day. If one starts off with a large dose, it can cause slowed heart rate, low blood pressure, and fatigue. ...Read more

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I'm on 10mg propranolol for anxiety. When I'm resting and calm my HR can get into the 50's. Is this ok?

I'm on 10mg propranolol for anxiety. When I'm resting and calm my HR can get into the 50's. Is this ok?

Normal: Propanolol is a Beta-Blocker, and will slow down your heart rate - thus reducing your major symptom of anxiety - the racing pulse. If you are not feeling faint or dizzy with a resting heart rate in the 50's, you should be fine. I recommend that your stop the Dramamine, it can interact with your Xanax (alprazolam) prescription. ...Read more

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I take metoprolol 25 MG for anxiety. Dr. says propranolol may be more affective. What is the difference?

Propranolol: The effectiveness of a beta blocking drug for helping anxiety is related to its ability to cross the blood-brain barrier which, in turn, is related to it's lipophilic vs hydrophilic properties. Both drugs cross, but propranolol does it better, so may be more effective in some people. ...Read more

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I'm on 20mg of propalanol (inderal (propranolol)) is that a lot? And what could happen of I stop? I'm on it for anxiety.

I'm on 20mg of propalanol (inderal (propranolol)) is that a lot? And what could happen of I stop? I'm on it for anxiety.

Low dose: You are taking a low dose of Propranolol at 20mg. If it is effective in improving anxiety for you, stopping it may cause your anxiety level to increase again. I doubt any cardiovascular effects considering your age, diagnoses and dose. ...Read more

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Eversince reducing my propranolol 160mg for anxiety and dizzyness im suffering with acid reflux. Could this be due to reducing propranolol?

Acid Reflux: Normally there is not an associate between deducting Beta Blockers and GERD. It would be good to look at what else is going. Certainly increased anxiety alone could lead to increased Acid Symptoms. ...Read more

Dr. Marilyn Cox
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Propranolol (Definition)

Treats high blood pressure, angina (chest pain), irregular heartbeat, migraine headaches, tremors, and lowers the risk of repeated heart attacks. This medicine ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety Relief (Definition)

To me, anxiety relief simply means that the distress ...Read more