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How do beta blockers work?

How do beta blockers work?

Block adrenaline: They block the effect of adrenaline on the heart and blood vessels; they lower the heart rate and blood pressure and they allow to the heart work less. ...Read more

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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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How do calcium blockers and beta blockers work to fix hypertension?

How do calcium blockers and beta blockers work to fix hypertension?

Relax vessels/heart: Calcium channel blockers slow the entry of calcium into tiny muscles that encircle your blood vessels, thereby reducing their contraction and releasing some pressure. Beta blockers slow down the heart so that it doesn't push so much blood into the vessels, again reducing pressure. ...Read more

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Beta blockers for anxiety/migraines, does this work?

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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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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Does bisoprolol work for anxiety?

Bisoprolol: It is used for treatment of hypertension. It was not well tested for anxiety treatment. It was shown that bisoprolol could cause anxiety as a central nervous system's side effect. ...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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Does atenolol work similar to inderal (propranolol) like for aniexty ?

Largely: Both are beta blockers, which will help keep your heart from beating so forcefully and rapidly when you are anxious. Inderal, (propranolol) which crosses into the brain may have some additional effect on anxiety because it can be a little sedating. ...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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Any alternatives to beta blockers to help with palpitations . Can not take beta blockers because of bradycardia.

Any alternatives to beta blockers to help with palpitations . Can not take beta blockers because of bradycardia.

Calcium channel bloc: Makes sure you are well hydrated....that is #1 cause of palpitations. Further eliminate caffiene containing drinks. Work on your anxiety by trying to actively stay calm, meditate, etc. AFter all those techniques, you could try Calcium channel blockers for palpitations, but they, too cause bradycardia. Norvasc (amlodipine) causes least amount of bradycardia typically... ...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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Can antidepressants work for anxiety?

Can antidepressants work for anxiety?

Perhaps: Some antidepressants reduce anxiety, but work best in conjunction with learning how to recognize & manage anxiety through both thought change and physical management (i.e.Exercise). For example, Paxil (paroxetine) is commonly prescribed for social anxiety, but works best when combined with cognitive behavioral therapy. Medicine is great but, anxiety lessens most when we know how to control it. ...Read more

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Why should people with pheochromocytomas not take beta blockers?

Why should people with pheochromocytomas not take beta blockers?

Pheochromocytoma: when betablockers given to patients with pheochromocytoma, it causes unipposed alpha adrenergic response leading to hypertensive crisis, causes severe high blood pressure,and palpitations .. It can be life threatening ...Read more