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Vikki1975
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   Posted 6/5/2005 12:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Do you know if Propanalol helps at all with ainxiety?  
Have you tied it, has it helped you?
 
I was once told to try it as its a betablocker and would slow the heart and is meant to also help with anxiety....
 
Just because it slows the heart, does that mean that you cannot get panic attacks?
 
 
I have also had valium suggested to me, to try and calm me down, but I dont know which of the two to try.
 
ANY HELP APPRECIATED.... xx

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   Posted 6/5/2005 1:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Well Vikki ............I honestly think your doc would be the best to ask about this but the beta blockers are for high blood pressure and heart problems so I would think they would not stop a panic attack I could be wrong but I know that valium is a good one (for me ).............alot of times with me .....it feels like my heart is pounding sooooo fast it will explode yet my bp is only slightly elevated and heart is in great condition ................I hope you find something and talk to your doc about all you are going thru with this the last few days ........keep us posted am hoping you will feel better soon ........take care and God Bless.............Lyn
 
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Beffrey
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   Posted 6/5/2005 2:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Vikky,
 
I take beta blockers and I have panic disorder. I have had every test possible done on my heart and the doctors say there is nothing wrong with it. So yes, Beta blockers are used for Anxiety disorders. I have panic disorder and according to my doctor thats all that is wrong with me. I take Atenolol which is like the med you are asking about.
 
The question for u Vikky is, does your heart seem to beat faster than normal when when u are not having an attack? Example, does your heart start pounding sometimes if you just simply walk from one place to another?
 
Your doctor will not give u the beta blocker simply to take for panic attacks, but if you have heart palputaions and higher than normal heartrate (a rested heartrate over 70) then he will give it to you.
 
Again, I have Panic disorder and rapid heartrate and higher than normal rested heartrate that comes with having an anxiety disorder. So the beta blockers work wonders for me.  could not live without them.

Vikki1975
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   Posted 6/5/2005 2:58 PM (GMT -6)   
beffry
 
I have been offered Propanalol betablocker from my GP as I have a small hole in my heart.  but i wouldnt just take it for my heart rate normally as I dont think there is much wrong there (or esle I dont notice it) . However, if it may also help with my anxiety I will try taking it.
 
does it help with your anxiety?

Beffrey
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   Posted 6/5/2005 3:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Vikky,
 
Symptoms of anxiety include high heartrate and heart palputations. I have both of them. Like I said, the doctor told me there is nothing wrong with my heart (he is a cardiologist) So yes, Beta blockers do help anxiety disorders (mainly the high heartrate and palputations though, thats it) If u don;t have those symptoms beta blockers will not help u much. If your doctor did recommend them to you for a hole in your heart it could not hurt.
 
Does the hole in your heart have any symptoms? Do u notice its there? What I would do if I were u is ask yourself this, how bad is my anxiety? If it's bad I would say take the beta blocker, if u are getting by fine then there is no need.
 
I know for sure that the beta blockers are what keeps me going everyday. Without them I would be a mess! It keeps my heartrate at a safe level, 60-70 when rested. My anxiety is what causes my heartrate to be high in the first place.

Vikki1975
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   Posted 6/5/2005 3:35 PM (GMT -6)   

Yes Beffry, I think I may try them.  As I said, my Dr said I could try them for my hole in heart/irregular heat rate.  However, I was trying to go without meds.

Now though, the anxiety is too much fo rme to take.  I have so many panic attacks now and it horrid.  The anxiety is awful.

How long did it take for you to feel the effetc of the betablocker?  How long til it help with your anxiety? xx 


Beffrey
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   Posted 6/5/2005 4:21 PM (GMT -6)   

""How long did it take for you to feel the effetc of the betablocker?  How long til it help with your anxiety? xx ""

 

That was 8 years ago. I don't really remember. I know it could not have been long though. I know that I suffered for weeks though...because back then I took nothing. I guess to be safe I would say it took a week to get better with the Atenolol(beta) I also started Xanax and Imempramine. The beta slowed down my heartrate overnight though. Only becuase of the Beta blockers I can go on from day to day, thats for sure.

 

Another thing Vikky, you say the anxiety is so much to take right now...that must mean that your heartrate is always up....right?

 

I say take the beta blocker...especially since you have a hole in your heart that causes irregular heartbeat. Think about it, the hole in your heart causing the irregular heartbeat is probably what is REALLY causing your anxiety. The irregular heartbeat makes you think you are going to die of a heart attack right? That makes you scared, so it gives you constant anxiety.

 

The same thing goes for me, I am scared to death of having a heart attack because of my palputations. I then have a panic attack thinking about it.


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   Posted 6/5/2005 9:27 PM (GMT -6)   
My cardiologist gave me Inderal (similiar beta blocker) for my rapid heart rate. He said it should help with the anxiety also, since that was determined to be the cause of my heart issues. I took it for maybe four days and couldn't handle it well, but that's just me. It did seem to diminish my panic attacks somewhat, since it brought my heart rate down to a normal level.

teebo
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   Posted 6/5/2005 10:21 PM (GMT -6)   
i am on a beta blocker toprol xl, its for hypertension but ,it also slows your heart rate,dr. said it would help me.
teebo


Vikki1975
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   Posted 6/6/2005 4:12 AM (GMT -6)   

hi there

You say that you coundlt handle it well - i expect that some poeple cant handle all pills well.  What bad reaction did you get to the betablockers?  (ie, how could I feel if I dont handle them well either ?)


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   Posted 6/6/2005 5:38 AM (GMT -6)   
.....Well peeps I honestly did not know thanks for the info .............take care and God Bless .........Lyn
 
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   Posted 6/6/2005 8:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Vikki, My blood pressure runs on the low side, and beta blockers also lower your blood pressure, so mine just dropped a little too much for my liking. The only thing that it did to me was make me dizzy, but I just couldn't handle that having four children and having to drive.
If your blood pressure is normal, or a little high, it shouldn't bother you to take them. I also didn't see the point of me taking them, since my heart rate was mostly 80's with an occasional jump to about 105. I now know the reason for it, so it doesn't bother me much anymore.
If you think they will help you, go ahead and take them. The pharmacist told me they are prescribed for things like stage fright, also... so they can't be too bad.
-Sarah

PeterL
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   Posted 9/18/2006 4:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi. My name is Peter. I'm 53 and suffer with B.E.T. (Benign Essential Tremor). This causes my whole body & all my functions to shake. Shaving is like playing Russian Roulette, and even simple tasks such as signing my name or brushing my teeth is difficult. I have had this illness all my life. It gets worse by the year. I have had so many "tranquilisers" including Valium. I started on 5mg of Valium a day & within a month or two I was taking 100mg a day. I lived in a daze. In 1994, I was prescribed Propanalol at 5mg. I am now on 80mg. I can never feel my feet with pins & needles & I don't feel it is helping. When I try to stop I feel awful. The only thing that does stop the shaking is alcohol & that can not be the answer! If you say to people Parkinson's Disease, they know what you are talking about. However, few seem to have heard of BET although it is much more common. Most people just think I have a drinking problem! It would be great to hear from anyone else who has this disorder. I HAVE NO MEDICAL TRAINING, but I would not advise anyone to go on Valium unless there is no alternative.

shell67
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   Posted 9/18/2006 9:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi vikki, i didnt read all the replies so i may repeat things ;) but i take a beta blocker but it is only to block the heart palps that are caused from the a/p. It doesnt stop me at all from having an attack, but it sure keeps my heart in my chest better ;) good luck and i hope you find help soon,
shell
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   Posted 9/19/2006 2:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Hallo Peter and welcome to HW (always nice to welcome a fellow Brit - I'm just over the water from you in Essex!). I think it would be best for you to start a new thread headed Benign Essential Tremor. Your post is a bit hidden away here and you may get more responses that way. I was sorry to read about your illness - sounds like you have a lot to cope with.

PeterL
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   Posted 9/19/2006 11:55 AM (GMT -6)   
tongue  Thanks for your support all - it's a great welcome! Let's get one thing right: I've known no other way of life and I'm a VERY positive person (need to be in my business!) so I'm "big smiles" all the way. I will do as suggested & start a thread on B.E.T. Thanks again - glad to have found you all.

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   Posted 9/19/2006 1:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to HW and glad you are going to start a thread it would not hurt for us to be eduated on this as well ........Take care and so glad you have a positive outlook on life .......
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skip4970
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   Posted 10/31/2007 10:37 AM (GMT -6)   
yes propanalol helps with anxiety,i am on 3 10mg a dayfor svt and anxiety,im also on diazamam which i have been on for 36 years,i would advice not to go on them as they are very adictive and is very hard to get off,if you do go on them you dont want them for more than i month,you will be alright with the propanalol,they keep you calm,it isnt diazapan which helps me.they may make you tiered for a a few weeks until they get in your system,but you will tell the difference

skip4970
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   Posted 10/31/2007 10:40 AM (GMT -6)   
forgot to mention yes it helps with panic attacts,it is when your heart races that can bring them on,i couldnt go out for a year,stick to propanalol much better diazapan wont help panic

stkitt
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   Posted 10/31/2007 10:58 AM (GMT -6)   

Hello Skip

Welcome to Healing Well and the A & P forum.  We have a thread called "let's get to know everyone better" Perhaps you would like to use it to share a bit about yourself if you are comfortable doing that.

I use Inderal for the hand tremor which helps but I do not have the BDT as severely as the member  posted above.

Again Welcome to a warm and wonderful site.

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skip4970
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   Posted 10/31/2007 11:30 AM (GMT -6)   
this site looks rearly good,i have suffered with anxiety for several years,but since i have been on propanalol ,touch would i havnt had the attacks or the svt,but i dont have much motivation,i used to love going out dancing and everything,i stopped all this when i had 2 svt attacks one after the other,so now i dont have drink or go out at night,i have always been the life and sole of the party very out going,im 58 i do not look it people say,but i do feel as though life is passing me by,i have 4 grown up kids that never bother to come round but i have always had a lot of friends and get on with everyone,i know i need a push but i am in my safe zone,i dont feel as though im on my own now i have found this site
thank you for the welcome

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   Posted 10/31/2007 2:51 PM (GMT -6)   

Skip,

Are you my twin...........I used to go out more too, but since I took early retirement due to Anxiety and Depression, I often hide out at home.  I just don't have the iniative and I blame some of that on the meds.

I am meeting with my Pdoc next week again as I hate all the meds even thow I know I need to take them.

You will find lots of friends here and my advice to you is get out and boogey. yeah

Kitt


 
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skip4970
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   Posted 10/31/2007 5:30 PM (GMT -6)   

hi kit we are alike,i know my tabs help me,but i just wont face my fear,i no it`s stupid but i have now got in a rut,and cant be bothered to get ready i would rather stay in and watch tv,i havnt had a drink for 4 years because all the doctors tell you different things,one says you cant drink on propanalol and cant drink with svt so were do i go from from here,i am rearly glad i found this site im sure there are a lot of understanding people that understand,if i dont get cured i will have friends

skip

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