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Topical Beta Blockers Medication
Reason taking?: If you are taking it for blood pressure, there are multiple non-beta blocker options available, including ACE inhibitors, ARBs, calcium channel blockers, thiazide diuretics, etc. If you are taking it to slow a rapid heart rate condition, then non-dihydropididine calcium channel blockers, diltiazem or verapamil, may be options. ...Read more
What are high/low epinephrine effects on athlete's performance? What is the best medication to control adrenaline (but not beta blockers)?
Enhance: The body usually secretes adrenaline and norepinephrine with exercise or stress. However whether this hinders or helps performance would depend on the type of exercise. While the effect may accelerate certain skills, it may also lead to reduced coordination. Are you asking whether beta blocker would help reduce your anxiety ; improve performance? That's a $64 question. ...Read more
Possible: Depression can be a side effect of both beta blockers and digoxin. However, it is important to rule out other potential medical causes. Also, if you are on other medications, interactions between them can complicate the picture. Recommend discussing with your doctor for further evaluation, and referral for mental health assessment and treatment if indicated. Hope this helps. All the best. ...Read more
I understand beta blockers are sometimes prescribed for anxiety. I take coreg (carvedilol) for hbp. I also have gad. Will this medication help gad?
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
Generally, how potent is clonidine when compared to other hypertensive medications, such as beta blockers and ACE inhibitors? Or, is it so individual?
Hypertension: Current 1st line medication for hypertension or high blood pressure is a thiazide diuretic (water pill) like hctz (hydrochlorothiazide) unless you have a compelling reason eg diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, etc for something else. Clonidine is far down list. It works but all BP meds work. Down side of Clonidine is rebound hypertension if you forget to take dose. Some find it sedating. Potency depends upon dose. ...Read more
Is it dangerous to take stimulants (ADHD medications) and beta-blockers (Propranolol) together? If so, why? Diff. Med. For BP and migraine prevention?
Theoretically yes: Practically probably not. This answer is based on the fact that if you are on a B Blkr and taking a symptathomimetic agent like a stimulant this could cause severe hypertension. Based on studies of people on B Blkrs who took cocaine or were given epinephrine for allergic reactions and this turns out not to be unfounded and not the case. If your BP is up see your Dr and review your medications. ...Read more
en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/Beta_blocker
Yes: In the US for sure. I'm not certain about other countries. There is a certain amount of monitoring that accompanies their usage. ...Read more
Biochemistry: I suggest you go to Amazon and buy a biochemistry textbook if you really want to know. It's a bit too complicated to answer in 400 letters. ...Read more
How could a person potentially overdose on negatively inotropic drugs such as beta blockers etc. And how does this effect the heart?
Too much/too many: If you take too much of anything (including water), you can overdose. Od of a bb will cause low blood pressure, excessively slow heart rate, heart block, dizziness and passing out. Enough of anything can cause death. Don't consider it for suicide: it would be unpredictable and unpleasant. ...Read more
Have avg of 20k PVCs a day all tests are normal (Echo, etc). Beta blockers don't work. EP wants to try Diltiazem. How will this drug help with PVCs?
Anti-arrhythmic: This medication is an anti arrhythmia medication ...Read more
My almost 9 month old needs to take beta blockers for her hemangioma, I am very worried about this drug, can this cause major negative side effects?
Beta blocker drug Propranolol is being widely used for treatment of hemangioma. Treating doctor decides depending on the size, location and severity of the hemangiona. Smaller ones needs only follow up.
The side effects can be: lowering of blood pressure, heart rate and blood sugar; cold extremities, restless sleep, constipation.
The other important side effect can be bronchospasm or wheezing. ...Read more
My dr. Has prescribed 75mg metoprolol (beta blockers) per day for my svt. I am now extremely tired most of the time. Is there an alternate drug avail?
Is it likely to be allergic to beta blockers? I'm having chronic hives and don't know what to blame. Bb's are the only one of my drugs I take daily.
Is Cardura (doxazosin) a reasonable second BP drug with Lisinopril when CCBs, diuretics, beta blockers are not well tolerated? Also on B-agonists for asthma.
Yes, it is an option: Cardura (doxazosin) or another alpha blocker type drug is an option when the other classes of drugs mentioned are not well tolerated. Alpha blockers can cause dizziness so they are best taken at night to minimize this effect. The dose needs to be increased slowly. Make sure you are exercising and minimizing salt, alcohol and caffeine as well. ...Read more
Male 83... BP flux 65/35 to 100/65 in a matter of minutes. .. pulse consistent between 60 and 65...blood oxygen level 95...medication for beta blocker?
Yes: Beta blockers block the beta 1 receptor on the heart. Some are not specific for that and also block the beta 2 receptor in the lungs which can worsen asthma. Choosing a selective beta 1 blocker (metoprolol and atenolol are probably the most commonly used) at the appropriate dosage eliminates this problem. ...Read more
Just about any: We often combine beta blockers w/mild diuretics, ace inhibitors, arb, ccb, etc. Many patients need 3 or more BP lowering medications to achieve their goal bp. It's just a matter of choosing a drug from each class, looking for secondary gain if possible, while avoiding side effects. Diuretics are good if you have swollen feet. Ace inhibitors & arbs protect heart in CHF & kidneys in diabetcs. ...Read more
Which type of high blood pressure medication would be best to combine with a low dosage of beta blocker?
Any: The low dosage of beta blocker would not especially influence my choice of a second agent except for the fact that medications like verapamil or Diltiazem also slow the pulse as does the beta blocker. So one would want to make sure that the beta blocker has not significantly lowered the pulse. ...Read more
Should you drink alcohol, if going to have one or two cups, after or before taking beta blocker medication metropolol 25 mg.?
Not a good idea:
Its never a good idea to mix medication with alcohol. Although there is not a direct reaction between alcohol and a beta blocker the efffect of alcohol on blood pressure and pulse rate may make immediate use of either after the other a bad idea. To be safe I would take the beta blocker either in the morning or just before bed so that alcohol can be taken at the "usual" cocktail hour time!
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I have Wolff Parkinson white syndrome with narrow tachycardia and I'm on beta blocker! Is this a good medication?
Yes: Beta blockers can help to avoid episodes of tachycardia, but ultimately you may benefit from an interventional approach to eliminate the problem. ...Read more
Which is the better medication to be on following a heart attack: a beta blocker or an ACE inhibitor?
Heart attack: Actually both drugs can increase longevity after a heart attack. ...Read more
Can you please explain how hbp medication such as CCB causes GERD and acid reflux. Would beta blocker such as bystolic (nebivolol) causes less GERD than ccb?
LES relaxation: Calcium channel blockers such as amlodipine can cause muscles to relax. One of these might be lower esophageal sphincter which tightens to keep stomach acid in stomach. If it relaxes inappropriately, you might notice gerd or acid reflux. Beta blockers tend to slow heart rate by negating effect of adrenaline on your heart. But beta blockers can also relax your les. Only way to find out is to try... ...Read more