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