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Aries8
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   Posted 12/28/2008 12:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm thinking about going on a Beta Blocker for my palpitations/racing heart beat. I need opinions and what side effects they have. Thankx

Green Grove
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   Posted 12/28/2008 1:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I was on Propranolol for a few years and it made me gain weight. What does your doctor say about this option?
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Aries8
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   Posted 12/28/2008 2:02 PM (GMT -7)   
My current and past docs have offered me Beta Blockers because the palpitations were bothering me. It's really affecting my life now. I'm tired of this and want some sort of relief. My blood pressure is already low though. I don't want to be passing out anywhere. What was it like going off the Beta Blocker?

Green Grove
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   Posted 12/28/2008 2:09 PM (GMT -7)   
I felt better because my B/P stays pretty normal and I think it was making it a tad low. Of course I can not afford to go to the doc all the time so I'm sure that did not help. And then I won't use my B/P cuff here at home unless there is a family emergency because of my Health Anxiety. What a crazy cycle, lol. . .

Anyway, I would make sure if I was you, to stay monitored by your doc frequently on any med such as a beta blocker :)

Take care :)
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Aries8
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   Posted 12/28/2008 2:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I know, it's a scary med. Not sure if I want to start the Beta Blockers but living like this is not cutting it. I wish my doc would let me take Ativan regularly until this peri-menopausal thing is over. Plus I worry about the economy.

Green Grove
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   Posted 12/28/2008 2:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm so sorry, I did not realize you were also going through that. I just changed my opinion to I think you need to get a second or more opinions, Aries. . . When your body is going through massive changes, it is not the time for doctors to be "too cautious" about prescribing something that can help and strictly monitoring it IMO. I sure hope you get to feeling better and soon!

Take care of yourself and try not to worry about the economy too much. There is not much to do about it anyway but learn different ways to be thrifty :)
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before making changes to your meds or lifestyle :)


stkitt
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   Posted 12/28/2008 2:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Beta-blockers help slow the heart rate by blocking the effect of the hormone adrenaline.

Beta-blockers are used to help control the heart rate. They are also used to treat high blood pressure and angina (chest pain).

Side Effects

Side effects of beta-blockers include:

  • Fatigue.
  • Dizziness.
  • Inability to get or maintain an erection (impotence).
  • Cold arms, hands, legs, or feet due to poor blood flow to these areas.
  • Lack of awareness of severe low blood sugar levels in people with diabetes who take insulin or oral hypoglycemics.
  • Depression.
  • Slow heart rate.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Wheezing in people with asthma.

Most palpitations require no treatment. Persistent palpitations can be treated with small doses of a beta blocker. Reference: PDR


 

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Aries8
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   Posted 12/28/2008 2:57 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm not sure what to do. All I know is, I can't live like this anymore. It's scary, frustrating, worrisome. Thank you guys for your opinions!

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   Posted 12/28/2008 3:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Nikki,
I take Inderal at 20 mg one time per day.  No problems and have been taking it for many years.
 
Kitt
 

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Aries8
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   Posted 12/29/2008 11:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Nikki and Kitt, did you have low blood pressure prior to going on the Beta Blocker? I'm concerned that it will lower my blood pressure too much. But I guess they give you a very low dose at first. Thanks, guys!

Aries8
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   Posted 12/29/2008 11:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Why did you increase from 10 mg to 20mg? Just out of curiosity...Maybe I'll just need 10 mg.

Aries8
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   Posted 12/29/2008 11:44 AM (GMT -7)   
I forgot, I have a doc appt. today at 2:10 PST. I'm in California. I'll ask for the Beta Blocker then. My regular doc is on vacation. I woke up again this morning to palpitations/racing heart. I hate it.

Green Grove
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   Posted 12/29/2008 12:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Good luck at your appt today Aries :) I hope everything gets straightened out for you and you get to feeling better.

Take care!
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Aries8
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   Posted 12/29/2008 6:17 PM (GMT -7)   
The doc prescribed Carvedilol (Coreg). We had a long discussion which calmed me down because I was a basket case when I got there. They did an EKG. I asked the doc and pharmacist if I could take this with my Prozac. They both said yes. I get home just now and my Prozac is on the list of meds that might interact with this drug. So, I'll have to call them and ask what is going on. Also, the paper says this drug is for "heart failure and high blood pressure." I assume it's okay to take it even though I have neither of those conditions? Geez....

Aries8
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   Posted 12/29/2008 6:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Okay, well, I spoke to another pharmacist. She said the Prozac may make the Beta Blocker stronger acting. But she said that's okay because he has me on a really small dose. Then she told me the symptoms of a liver not functioning properly (skin turns yellow, urine dark brown), etc. Boy, this is going to be fun.

Aries8
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   Posted 12/29/2008 11:48 PM (GMT -7)   
The side effect I remember most from the Prozac was dizziness. My friend helped me through it all. I'm glad I stuck with it. Tonight I started the Beta Blocker. It's made me really sleepy and it's a very low dose.

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   Posted 12/30/2008 8:27 AM (GMT -7)   

I started the Inderal for some hypertension but it never has dropped my BP to anything under 110/70.  Many beta blockers are used off label in low dose for anxiety.

Do check with the pharmacy or your Doctor re drug interactions.

Take care

Kitt


 

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Aries8
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   Posted 12/30/2008 11:01 AM (GMT -7)   
I feel tired. Kind of quiet and/or blah...it's weird. I'm probably going to feel better in a few days. He prescribed 3.125 mg. tablets which I cut in half. So, it's a very small dose. I feel like it's goiing to make a big difference and I will feel a lot better.

Simplicity
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   Posted 12/30/2008 1:39 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi. Just joined today. I was reading an article about camomile tea actually but this caught my eye so i thought i would chime in with my two cents.

I used to suffer very bad anxiety and panic attacks last year. there was absolutely no pleasure in my life at all apart from my lovely other half. everybody who has had it (panic disorder) understands what it is like.

My main worry was my heart and health. I would like to say first that i am back on track now with no meds and no problems. apart from my lack of sleep hence camomile lol!!!

I took propranolol or however it is spelt for a little while. I did a lot of research before i took the first pill because im a freak about pills. mine were 80mg pills but they are slow release and effectively the same as the aboves persons 10mg. i had a choice of 80mg 160mg or 240mg i think.

In my findings i found that the beta blockers block the beta signals getting to the respiritory systems. heart and lungs. meaning adrenaline isn't given to the heart and lungs hence no fast pulse or double beats or out of sync beats. alot of people who are scared of giving speeches in front of people take these pills because they stop all the symptoms of a panic attack such as shakes and sweaty palms and fumbling speeches. they are very effective after about an hour of ingestion leaving the taker to feel calm and collected throughout the day. (last sentence is my personal experience). my side effects were cold hands and feet lol also i would get dizzy but that was because i used to be so unused to breathing normally and would subconciously slightly hyperventilate. its very easy to do when you're dizzy like me anyways lol!

In answer to the question earlier i already have a low BP?. i would say don;t worry as they don't lower your blood presure if it is already low. Blocking the beta signals to the heart just means it takes the strain off the heart so it doesn;t wear out as quick lol. meaning it will lower BP on people that is too high and not constantly lower BP on everybody.i mean it basically brings everyones to the same BP

 also it will lower pulse rate too. i got down to 55 sometimes which was brilliant for me. my old relaxing heart rate used to be 111 ha ha!!.

also if anone does have a tipple i found a few fine. Not allowed to reccommend any though coz im not a doctor and the label says cleary no. 

Anyways after all that my final part. i found that the tablets were very effective at taking away the physical symptons of a panic attack and anxiety but i did find that the underlying pychological problems were still intact. I visited a trained counsellor for a very short while and worked through a lot. that helped me. Im not sure how i got out my hole. but i hope anyone else out there who is in a little black hole will find thier own strenght and pull themselves back out.

all the best

Ben

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stkitt
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   Posted 12/30/2008 2:12 PM (GMT -7)   

Dear Ben,

Welcome to HealingWell.  You say you don't have anxiety now and I am glad to hear that. 

I do not understand this coment in your post "also if anone does have a tipple i found a few fine. Not allowed to reccommend any though coz im not a doctor and the label says cleary no."
 
Also I would have to disagree with some of your  comments re Inderal. If your BP is low to much Inderal can lower it even further. Any info or remarks re medications are strictly personal comments and only physicians can prescribe.
 
Thanks for your  post.
Kitt
 

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Aries8
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   Posted 12/30/2008 4:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Simplicity and Kitt, thank you. Simplicity had a lot of good things to say and that calms me down. I'm impressed that you are feeling 100% better! That's great. My hat is off to you! Also, like Kitt, I didn't understand what a "tipple" was. I'm still feeling some palpitations here and there. Do Beta Blockers work right away for palpitations? Or does it take time? It may be that I'm still afraid of them, too.  Thanks everyone! I really appreciate your help!

Aries8
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   Posted 12/31/2008 10:03 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm wondering why I feel so anxious? I slept maybe 2 hours. I thought the Beta Blocker would help with anxiety. I'm still having a few palpitations. I feel AWFUL

Green Grove
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   Posted 12/31/2008 2:32 PM (GMT -7)   
It will take awhile like most meds to take effect. Do some meditation/relaxation or maybe a nice walk. I hope you get to feeling better soon :)
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Aries8
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   Posted 12/31/2008 5:51 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm thinking this Beta Blocker I'm taking doesn't help with anxiety. Some do. The doc never called me back. I wanted to know if I could go up to the normal dose tonight. I think I will. Today's anxiety was the worst I've had in years. Thanks, Green Grove!

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   Posted 12/31/2008 6:14 PM (GMT -7)   
It is normal for the beta blockers to initially cause some drowsiness. Give it some time and I am sure things will improve.
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