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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
3,146 doctors shared insights

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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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

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


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