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Propranolol for physical anxiety - side effects?

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Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry
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In brief: Exercise limitations

Propranolol, a "beta blocker", is usually well tolerated.
However, it should not be taken by patients prone to asthma, nor by diabetics. In otherwise healthy people, it will slow the heart rate (to about 60 bpm), making "cardio" type exercise difficult. Also, at higher doses it lowers blood pressure, which can cause dizziness, fainting, etc.

In brief: Exercise limitations

Propranolol, a "beta blocker", is usually well tolerated.
However, it should not be taken by patients prone to asthma, nor by diabetics. In otherwise healthy people, it will slow the heart rate (to about 60 bpm), making "cardio" type exercise difficult. Also, at higher doses it lowers blood pressure, which can cause dizziness, fainting, etc.
Dr. Steven Reidbord
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