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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?

During a pain attack: Heart rate can increase 8 - 20 beats per minute above your normal rate. So it depends on what your normal heart rate is. It is very frightening and people describe it as feeling like having a heart attack ...Read more

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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Can metoprolol relieve anxiety or panic attacks? Please explain. Thank you.

Can metoprolol relieve anxiety or panic attacks? Please explain. Thank you.

Not exactly: Metoprolol is a beta-blocker that can inhibit the peripheral symptoms of anxiety & panic, but you might still feel the central emotion of anxiety. For some people, the peripheral symptoms (rapid heart rate, sweating, hands shaking, dry mouth, etc) are the most bothersome part of anxiety, even more than the feeling of it. So you might have anxiety but not feel your body's entire response to it. ...Read more

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Hello, i am 16 and was pescribed "metoprolol tartrate" due to having panic attacks etc and to fix my heart ryhtm but today i took around 125mg to prevent a panic attack (not all at once) will i be ok?

Hello, i am 16 and was pescribed "metoprolol tartrate" due to having panic attacks etc and to fix my heart ryhtm but today i took around 125mg to prevent a panic attack (not all at once) will i be ok?

100-450 mg. = dose : range of Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate) for hypertension. Lower doses of beta blockers are are given for fear of public speaking & a few other phobias & anxiety disorders. Have someone drive you to get your blood pressure checked, as it'll be low if it's normal off Lopressor (metoprolol tartrate). Talk to your doctor about med management, see a psychologist for Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy & avow never to self-medicate again! ...Read more

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Can metaprolol tartrate be used "as needed" for panic attacks?

Can metaprolol tartrate be used "as needed" for panic attacks?

NOT TYPICALLY : Metoprolol is a beta block which is an anti hypertensive drug class. Beta blockers can help with performance anxiety. There are a lot better medications for panic attacks that can be taken as needed like the benzodiazepines xanax (alprazolam) or ativan. If the attacks are frequent would really want to be more preemptive with treatment and medications. ...Read more

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I am taking metoprolo tarta for afib. I recently started having a lot of panic attacks. My ? Can i take relaquil with my metopro is this safe for me

I am taking metoprolo tarta for afib. I recently started having a lot of panic attacks. My ?  Can i take relaquil with my metopro is this safe for me

It : It is difficult to tell exactly what is responsible for the symptoms that you are experiencing on the basis of the limited information that you provided. Metoprolol could be a suspect because it is known to cross what is called the blood-brain barrier or bbb and have direct effects on the central nervous system. These actions may cause such side effects as dizziness, lightheadedness, memory loss and depression, just to mention a few. In addition, metoprolol could reduce your blood pressure and slow the heart rate. Adding a complex mixture of compounds such as relaquil that can further affect your central nervous system may only complicate the overall situation. At this point a good strategy would be to discuss your symptoms-including the panic attacks-with the doctor who prescribed metoprolol. After a thorough evaluation, he or she may decide on a different medication that has similar effectiveness on atrial fibrillation but unlike metoprolol does not cross the bbb. ...Read more

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I'm a 21 yr old female who was perscribed metotoprolol for a high hr due to panic attacks. Now my hr can be high 40's low 50's at rest. Is this ok?

I'm a 21 yr old female who was perscribed metotoprolol for a high hr due to panic attacks. Now my hr can be high 40's low 50's at rest. Is this ok?

The HR itself is slo: A HR of 40-50 BPM is a little too slow,so the
dose needs be reduced;Additionally I am concerned about giving a young female in the childbearing age,this type of medication
(a betablocker),which does cross the placenta and cause problems in an unborn
child ...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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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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Why would my urine test show neg. For Xanax (alprazolam) 0.5mg nightly I have severe depression and panic anxiety attacks, i take plavix75mg, celexa40mg, metoprolol er50mg, pravastatin sodium40mg 81mg asprine, and Prilosec otc

Low dose: That is a very small dose of xanax, (alprazolam) and your urine, especially if you drink lots of fluids, may be dilute enough that the results fall below the limits of detection of the specific test and will be reported as negative. In general, the first morning urine of the day is the most concentrated, and that specimen is more likely to be positive. ...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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Would the ER help me with panic attacks, cause i'm having bad one right now?

Are you in treatment: For panic attacks currently? The er is likely to evaluate for medical causes of symptoms and to give you medication to help you feel calmer. If you have not been formally evaluated for your panic attacks that is warranted. There are a number of effective treatment approached. Take care. P.S. Don't drive if you are experiencing panic. ...Read more

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High aniexty panic attacks in convinced I'm going to die please help me I can't go hospital again?

High aniexty panic attacks in convinced I'm going to die please help me I can't go hospital again?

Probably should: start with a psychiatrist to bring down the intensity of your symptoms, even if with meds to start. You have to be more sedate to begin to respond to psychological treatment, which is where the real success will be. Understanding anxiety dynamics helps. Here's a starting point to help:

http://www.psychologyproductsandservices.com/page2.html ...Read more

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What is the best medication for me? I suffer from panic attacks where i'm sick and i also have a phobia of sick.

What is the best medication for me? I suffer from panic attacks where i'm sick and i also have a phobia of sick.

Must check w MD: There do exist medications that can be very helpful for longstanding anxiety conditions--so called "ssri's" for example. But every person has an individual profile of symptoms; of physiology; of side-effect likelihood. In choosing which medication to try (and whether) these all must be considered by a psychiatrist with psychopharmacological expertise. A treater/primary md can refer. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about having panic attacks or getting sick on the plane again. I know travel anxiety is common so how do I stop it?

Can you tell me about having panic attacks or getting sick on the plane again. I know travel anxiety is common so how do I stop it?

Panic Disorder: You are right , phobia of flying is common. Probably the most effective approach is cognitive behavioral therapy. I encourage you to get help for this. ...Read more

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I am stopping the levothyroxine today because i determined that it is causing me severe panic attacks. What is the best way to do this?

Decrease slowly and : Panic attacks can be a symptom of too high dose of levothyroxine, can also cause elevated blood pressure or elevated heart rate, contact your prescribing doctor now, decrease the dose by 50% in the meantime and go to the er if you feel any worst before you can see your doctor. ...Read more

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What is wrong with me!? I just watched the intense movie "gravity" and i had multiple panic attacks where i couldn't breathe and had to leave!

It sounds like the: Intensity of the movie caused to become anxious. Have you had panic attacks before? If you have continued symptoms - recommend evaluation. ...Read more

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I'm having panic attacks quite regular but a strange pressure/trickling sensation in my head when it happens is worrying me more, is this normal?

I'm having panic attacks quite regular but a strange pressure/trickling sensation in my head when it happens is worrying me more, is this normal?

Maybe; worth a trip: Many people "hold" or express their tension with their body, particularly true with anxiety and depression. Anxiety can keep your sympathic nevous system on alert. Other neurological issues and other disorders can trigger like experiences. Your primary care doctor is one of the best first stops to explore what is going on. Reach out while you're motivated! ...Read more

Dr. Prakash Deedwania
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Metoprolol (Definition)

Metoprolol belongs to the calss of medications know as beta-blockers. It has many functions, including lowering pulse and blood pressure. It can also be used in people who have weak heart muscles to stop/slow the progression of the disease and perhaps even ...Read more


Dr. Alan Ali
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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