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mark slater
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   Posted 2/28/2009 1:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been suffering from very severe debilitating panic attacks since I turned 20. I'm having a very difficult time trying to overcome them. The most concerning symptom to me are the very fast heart rates that come with a panic attack. I've tried different methods to dealing with them from biofeedback to exposure therapy, but have had very little progress. I am very against taking medications as I've heard about so many awful things that come with psychiatric medications. I'm not able to function normally right now, and I'm pretty sure that having Panic attacks on a daily basis can't possibly be good for your body. So I'm thinking about giving just giving it a try. Being able to function in life is a priority for me. I have to be able to overcome this eventually. My cardiologist suggested that I take a very low dose of Atenolol to help with the anxiety attacks since my main complaint is my fast heart rates. Is this a wise choice for anxiety, or is there another medication or method to help me get better?

Green Grove
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   Posted 2/28/2009 1:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mark and Welcome!

I am not sure about these meds, but I wanted to say hi. I think that if it is something that you are working on with your docs, that it should be okay :) If you keep checking back there will be more members on here that will be able to give you better advice and ideas.

Take care and nice to meet you!
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   Posted 2/28/2009 1:15 PM (GMT -6)   

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!

Anxiety Disorder/Mitral Valve Prolapse
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   Posted 3/1/2009 9:36 AM (GMT -6)   

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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   Posted 3/1/2009 11:26 AM (GMT -6)   
I too think the Atenolol will help. You have panic attacks why not take some type of medication now so you can get on enjoying life. I wish you the very best.

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joe stalin
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   Posted 3/2/2009 8:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Before I respond to your question about your panic attacks, I was wondering if you could tell me a little more about your treatment history. How long were you in biofeedback and exposure therapy? And as far as the panic attacks are concerned: how often do you experience them? Are you aware of any particular event or situation that precedes them?
Edit:  I removed your signature as it is against the rule of HW. Your comment = illicit drug use here on HW.  Please read the rules before you post.  Also as a new member I would love to see you introduce yourself in our new member thread.
Thank you

Post Edited By Moderator (stkitt) : 3/2/2009 6:54:57 AM (GMT-7)

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