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Is there a beta blocker over-the-counter for arrhythmic heartbeats?

Is there a beta blocker over-the-counter for arrhythmic heartbeats?

No: In the United States, beta blockers are only available via prescription. See your doctor if you feel you need one. Hope this helps! ...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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I'm getting sick, really bad head congestion. What over the counter cold remedies can I take? I'm on 25mg beta blocker and 120mg of CCB for heart rate.19?

I'm getting sick, really bad head congestion. What over the counter cold remedies can I take? I'm on 25mg beta blocker and 120mg of CCB for heart rate.19?

Wow. Complex. TTYD.: You're rather young to be on 2 medications for your heart rate. I suspect you have a predisposition of some sort. Maybe Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW) syndrome? That needs to be worked out before any advice is given. Use HealthTap Prime or talk to your doctor for advice. Most OTC cough/cold sprays & meds have phenylephrine which can cause your heart to race. Saline nasal sprays are safest. Good luck. ...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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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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Is it safe to take herbal conception support tablets when taking beta blockers for anxiety?

Is it safe to take herbal conception support tablets when taking beta blockers for anxiety?

HCST: Can you please help us by telling us the active ingredient in "herbal conception support tablets'? ...Read more

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Can you tell me if my doctor will prescribe me beta blockers for anxiety?

Performance anxiety?: I can't tell you what your doctor will do - but I would bring the issue up with him or her. ...Read more

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Constant fatigue, muscle pain and mood swings. I am on anti depressants and beta blockers for anxiety and depression but I don't feel this is thecause?

Anxiety/depression: Beta blockers can cause fatigue that may ease after 1-2 months of therapy. Without knowing what anti-depressant you're on I can't comment on side effects. I would recommend seeing your doctor for further evaluation to rule out other causes for your symptoms. ...Read more

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Can diltiazem cause the same anxiety that beta blockers potentially can?

NO: Beta blockers can reduce the flight or fight response, and if anything reduce anxiety not provoke it. Diltiazem is a calcium channel blocker and doesn't affect the response to flight or fight or adrenaline, and doesn't affect anxiety positively or negatively. ...Read more

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What to do if I have beta-blockers worked for anyone with social anxiety on this site?

Anxiety and BBlocker: Beta Blockers tend to work well with anxiety symptoms related to public speaking. They would not be my first choice if you have a broader social anxiety. ...Read more

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Can I take a lemsip while on beta blockers. I last had a beta blocker yest morning 20mg. Have been prescribed them for anxiety?

Can I take a lemsip while on beta blockers. I last had a beta blocker yest morning 20mg. Have been prescribed them for anxiety?

Decongestant: So long as you are taking it as per directions, and only temporarily it should be safe, there shouldn't be any interaction with Beta blkers ...Read more

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Could beta blockers treat anxiety?

That is one approach: Beat blockers are sometimes used to stop physical anxiety symptoms (especially w social anxiety disorder). It can help to reduce fast heart rate, blushing, shaking ; sweating heavily. ...Read more

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Is it possible that reducing beta-blockers cause higher anxiety?

More Likely...: It's more likely that it causes symptoms that mimic anxiety. We call this rebound tachycardia and it feels like a rapid heart rate with a bit of a forcefulness to the heart beat. It's rarely associated with the true mental changes of anxiety... ...Read more

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Do you have to have a certain health problem other than regular anxiety to take beta blockers?

Common medication: Beta blockers are most often used to treat cardiovascular disorders such as high blood pressure, cardiac conditions such as disturbances in heart rhythm and heart failure, protection of heart complications in patients who had previous heart attacks, etc. They are also used to reduce tremors and. Prevent migraine headaches. Beta blockers are not commonly used for anxiety due to potential side effect. ...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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Can beta blockers be taken long term for anxiety and palps when cardio has ruled heat is ok?

Can beta blockers be taken long term for anxiety and palps when cardio has ruled heat is ok?

Multiple uses: Beta blockers are used to treat hypertension, migraines, essential tremors and performance anxiety as well as heart conditions. ...Read more

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Can atenolol cause anxiety? I feel like it does and I've been on it for anxiety and tachy 50mg for the last 10 months. Other beta blockers?

Can atenolol cause anxiety? I feel like it does and I've been on it for anxiety and tachy 50mg for the last 10 months. Other beta blockers?

Other Beta blocker: Beta blockers commonly used for tachycardia symptomology include atenolol, propranolol, or metoprolol.

Rarely, atenolol is noted to cause mood-related effects.

If any concern about medication side effects, seek your physician for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Anxiety disorder, dr. Suggests beta blockers to help exercise w/o panic, doesn't tell me much about them, google not comforting. What'll these do?

Talk to your doctor.: Beta blockers are usually used for performance anxiety such as public speaking, etc. Usually the doses given in these situations are low compared to those used to treat high blood pressure. Also, the doses shouldn't be too high if you are exercising, b/c your heart rate and BP will naturally go up when u exercise. Deep breathing, mindfulness ; self-talk might be better for anxiety during exercise. ...Read more

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Why and how can beta blockers increase depression and anxiety in some people?

Experts don't know: Depression is known to be in the top 3 side effects, but how? Is unknown. Beta-blockers 'sit' on beta-adrenergic receptors and stop them from being stimulated. So, perhaps some need not to be stopped to maintain good mood. They are actually used to treat symptoms of anxiety! work hard w/ your dr to avoid piling up side effects. If non-drug alternatives exist, try them! ...Read more

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Why is it that beta blockers can possibly cause anxiety? Inderal (propranolol) was used years ago in the theatre to treat anxiety.

Anxiety and Anxiety: First, you are correct. Propranolol, a beta blocker, at an extremely low dose is the most commonly prescribed medication for 'performance' anxiety. It blunts the heart from the emotional response when one is nervous and has to keep a clear head when performing.

Regular doses of beta blockers can at times increase depression and anxiety as a side effect.

The difference is the dose taken regular. ...Read more

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Do beta blockers relieve stress? I know they are made to help ease anxiety and depression, but can they also help to relax you in general?

Beta blockers: Beta blockers block some of the catecholamine response to stress. They are not tranquilizers per se and generally don't cause relaxation though the removal of the stress reaction can be relaxing in itself. ...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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Opinion of Beta Blockers (Tenormin) for regression of anxiety induced hypertension mild LVH?

Opinion of Beta Blockers (Tenormin) for regression of anxiety induced hypertension mild LVH?

It sounds like: A good choice, as your doctor evidently did also. Give it a try for a few months, I think it is a good idea. ...Read more

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Do beta blockers protect your heart? Are the actually beneficial? I take 25mg atenolol daily to control my anxiety. Is it good for me? I feel it works

Do beta blockers protect your heart? Are the actually beneficial? I take 25mg atenolol daily to control my anxiety. Is it good for me? I feel it works

Yes to both: Beta blockers like atenolol do protect the heart and as "lagniappe" they have the added benefit of being (mildly) anxiolitic. If they are obviously working for you: why the question? ...Read more

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Why do I feel drunk whenever I eat food? I suffer with migraines but am on beta blockers to prevent them and citalopram for my anxiety.

Why do I feel drunk whenever I eat food? I suffer with migraines but am on beta blockers to prevent them and citalopram for my anxiety.

Food: Good question Sometimes its the sugar or the additives in the food. In some people there may be an allergy as well. Check it out with your doctor ...Read more

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CBT, SSRI, SNRI, Beta-blockers haven't helped to control my social anxiety. Is there any medication which can 'knock me out' before social situations?

CBT, SSRI, SNRI, Beta-blockers haven't helped to control my social anxiety. Is there any medication which can 'knock me out' before social situations?

Exposure therapy: Exposure therapy uses gradually increased exposure to anxiety triggers coupled w/ relaxation training. SSRIs can help but @ times more effective is learning to deal w/ it differently w/ help of a therapist who specializes in exposure-based therapy. CBT is good but sometimes acting your way into thinking & feeling different works better than trying to think your way into feeling & acting different. ...Read more

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I have generalized anxiety. Never had much luck with antidepressants and I don't want to take benzos everyday. Are beta blockers a good option to try?

I have generalized anxiety. Never had much luck with antidepressants and I don't want to take benzos everyday. Are beta blockers a good option to try?

Beta blockers: Beta blockers can help episodic anxiety, affecting physical symptoms such as pounding heart, shaking hands, sweating, etc. Not so good for long-term anxiety, though. Mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy is extremely helpful and provides you practices you can do yourself for the rest of your life. It's habit forming, but the good kind. :-) best wishes. ...Read more

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Why is my big toe nail gray colour is it to with my anxiety im takeing beta blockers?

Why is my big toe nail gray colour is it to with my anxiety im takeing beta blockers?

Gray toenail: This should have nothing to do with beta blockers. Did you injure the toenail? ...Read more

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Can beta blockers (atenolol) cause permanent damage to the heart? Such as conduction issues? Are they safe? I'm on it for tachycardia/anxiety.

Can beta blockers (atenolol) cause permanent damage to the heart? Such as conduction issues? Are they safe? I'm on it for tachycardia/anxiety.

Safe: Beta blockers will not cause permanent damage to the heart. They are used to treat heart disease and prevent heart attacks ...Read more