It's a great idea! I recently went on a beta blocker and they help tremendously. I'm not sure if all beta blockers block epinephrine but it helps a lot if they do with the panic. My main problem was fast heart beat and skipped beats. I switched beta blockers just yesterday because the first one dropped my blood pressure too much.
The main side effect I've had with these beta blockers is drowsiness but that's a welcome side effect when someone is always anxious. Give it a shot! You can always start on a low dose and increase as needed. Your life will be much better when these stupid palpitations go away. Let us know what you decide!
Hello Mark, and welcome to HW. I am Kitt.
The beta-blockers reduce the effect of adrenaline and noradrenaline, leading to reduction of the physical symptoms of anxiety. Propranolol and Atenolol have shown very good effects in treatment of anxiety.
I use the Propranolol (Inderal) and have been on it for years.
I do think your physician is offering you a good choice.
Keep us posted.
Take care and know we are here to support you.
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