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Weaning Off Beta Blockers
What do beta-blockers (propranolol) do? Do you need to wean off of 10mg twice daily? Rxd due to thyroid overmed. Timeframe I could poss. Wean off?
Propranolol: Always discuss these questions with the doc caring for you. Sometimes you can just stop 10 mg twice a day. Your status will dictate if you should be off the drug and if so how to do that. ...Read more
Can you switch form none selective bb (propranolol ER 80 mg capsule) to selective beta blocker such as bystolic (nebivolol) 5 mg or bisobrolol with no wean off?
Usually Yes.: Your dose of Propranolol er 80 mg daily is high so you will need bystolic (nebivolol) 10 mg at least to begin with and may even need higher. Switch cane be made without weaning although there will be some initial withdrawal such as palpiatations or rise in pulse rate and BP but should not last longer. ...Read more
When one is coming off a beta blocker is it common to be short of breath and have heart rates over 100 when resting? This is week 2 of weaning proces
Beta-blockers: Beta blockers is a class of drugs that affect beta-adrinergic receptors. There are at least two of those that beta-blockers block, known as beta-1 and beta-2. They are found in different body tissues and blocking beta-1 and beta-2 receptors exercises certain effect on the tissues where those are located. Beta-blockers are frequently used in people with high blood pressure, arrhythmia, heart issues. ...Read more
Beta blockers: Beta blockers block beta receptors. Beta receptors are molecular structures on certain cells which when beta agonists attach to them cause effects like increased heart rate and blood pressure. The beta blockers attach and the beta agonists can't hook up and cause the increase in heart rate and blood pressure ...Read more
Receptor Blockers: Beta is short for beta adrenergic receptor and beta blockers inhibit these receptors that are stimulated primarily by epinephrine and norepinephrine, our "fight or flight" hormones. The importance in heart disease is that many disorders like a failing heart or heart attack are worsened by increased heart rate and demand on the heart. Beta blockers reduce this effect and help improve outcomes. ...Read more
No: Not typically used for thisGet a more detailed answer ›
Hawthorn: My review of the literature suggests that there are no proven benefits to hawthorn but there is a downside risk of arrhythmias. Given evidence for harm but none for benefit, taking hawthorn appears to be unjustified and adding it to a therapeutic agent even more so. ...Read more
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
Firstly, most people who have occasional premature ventricular contractions do not need medications to treat this condition. It is typically a nuisance, but not dangerous.
If your doctor feels treatment with a beta blocker is warranted, the best one is the one that works that does not create side effects. Most frequently metopolol or atenolol or Propranolol are tried as first-line choices. ...Read more
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
Alpha good beta bad: Alpha blockers may relax blood vessel smooth muscle to allow better blood flow to the penis. A few clinical trials support this hypothesis. Beta blockers don't allow as much blood flow in and therefore can impede erections. In general though, high blood pressure is the big enemy of erections and the meds are necessary to keep any blood going to the penis. ...Read more
Yes: Yes, beta-blockers are used to treat both stable and unstable angina as a role in reducing cardiac workload. ...Read more
Probably not: What specific side effects are you talking about? The answer is that it is unlikely to help fatigue. ...Read more
Tinnitus: Several possibilities but perhaps the most likely is that the pulse pressure was narrowed and that decreased the acoustic phenomenon in the ear ...Read more
Get help: Either call 911 or seek immediate medical attention and treatment. ...Read more
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
Can occasionally taking beta blockers interfere with my regular exercise routine? 20min cardio and 15min of strength/4 times a week?
OK: You can use short acting beta blockers on an "as-needed" basis and they will start to work within an hour and wear off in several hours (depending on the drug and dose you take). Once worn off, it will have no effect on your exercise. (you can exercise with the med too and safely, but it might "slow you down" just a little.) ...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