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chirpchirp
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   Posted 3/12/2010 9:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Anyone taking beta blockers for their anxiety?  I'm to start 10mg of Atenolol for my panic attacks.  My blood pressure is really good, usually, except I do have spikes when I panic - but nothing to worry about.  For those who don't know what beta blockers are, they are used for blood pressure, anxiety, heart murmers and Mitral Valve Prolapse, etc.
 
My only worry (I have a fear of taking meds) is that my blood pressure will fall too low.  The beta blocker is suppose to keep the heart from racing and prevent palitations.  My doctor said with being on such a low dose, it "shouldn't" fall too low.  Shouldn't!!??  So I was just wondering if anyone else knows anything about this and/or takes this for their panic.  I've tried several SSRI's and they have failed (long story).  So my doctor wants to try this route.
 
 
Thanks!

chirpchirp
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   Posted 3/13/2010 12:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I actually searched for Atenolol on this forum and found some good stuff that was posted a few years back, but if anyone does still take a beta blocker, it would make me feel better to know it's perfectly safe to take (even though my doctor said it was). :)

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   Posted 3/15/2010 9:08 AM (GMT -7)   
I have used Atenolol before and it worked well to slow my heartrate down. I tend to get a rapid irregular heartbeat when I throw up which anxiety causes in me, and when my heart rate gets out of whack I take the Atenolol and it calms it down. Good luck and it is safe. Hugs!
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Howlyncat
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   Posted 3/15/2010 9:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Totally agree with Nanners on thsi..let us know how you make out it should help imho..lyn

lovebug1
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   Posted 3/15/2010 2:58 PM (GMT -7)   
I was on toprol for 2.5 weeks, and it did slow my blood pressure down too much. I was on 25 mg and it brought my pressure down to 88/66 with a heart rate of 60. And that was with me awake sittng in a chair with a blood pressure cuff on my arm.. who knows what it would go down to when I slept. I certainly was worried and was moving extremely slow. They told me to go down to 12.5, half a pill to fix this.

I already had low blood pressure to start with, but the anxiety spikes it during episodes.

chirpchirp
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   Posted 3/15/2010 5:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks so much you all! Do I need to get a blood pressure checker? I fear if I do get one, I'll just freak myself out.

My pressure is usually 80's/90's over 60's/70's. Tonight is the night I take it. I am sooooooooooooo nervous, but you all made me feel better about it. I have a checkup on Thursday at the doctor and will let you know how I am!

Nanners
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   Posted 3/16/2010 6:19 AM (GMT -7)   
No you don't need to get a blood pressure checker. I hope you did well lastnight taking this med. Keep us posted.
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease & Anxiety/Panic
Crohn's Disease for over 34 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

stkitt
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   Posted 3/16/2010 6:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Good Morning


I am sorry I just saw this post. I take Inderal (beta blocker) 20 mg 1 time daily for a hand tremor and I do well with it.



I don't have a BP cuff nor do I want one for the very reason you identified, it will freak you out.



Good luck and let us know how you made out today.



Gentle Hugs,



Kitt

chirpchirp
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   Posted 3/16/2010 3:40 PM (GMT -7)   
I chickened out last night and didn't take it! I'm going to tonight (I think)! No, I'm going to. I just need to keep telling myself everything you all told me and that it should help! I'm so terrified to take meds, because I've just had so many bad experiences. The Lexapro that I took made my heart race like crazy and palpitate SO badly. So they took me off of it. And I had an allergic reaction to a couple things and ended up in the hospital, so I'm just really terrified. And I'm especially nervous about a heart medication!

But I really am grateful for your comments. It's really encouraging. I'm going to start with a really low dose - only like 7mg or so. My doctor said that would be fine if it made me feel better to take a lower dose. I know I'm avoiding it because I know taking it will send me into a panic attack.

Can you take klonopin with it? Klonopin doesn't make me drowsy, but should I take it or just take the darn beta blocker alone?

stkitt
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   Posted 3/16/2010 3:49 PM (GMT -7)   
I take a beta blocker and a benzodiazipine together but if your not sure check with your Doctor. Do just try the medication as it may well work for you.


Remember I am not a professional.



Kitt
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