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Old 07-19-2011, 06:09 AM   #41 (permalink)
 
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Love your story. I have suffered with the same problem for the last 20 years without knowing what to do. I have walked away from several good jobs just because I knew I would have to make a presentation.

So glad it worked for you!! I am waiting for a prescription to arrive so I can try it. I feel like I may have finally found the answer after running from this fear for years.

Hope you go on to become the chief of police and make inspiuring speeches to hundreds if not thousands. Good for you!!
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Old 07-20-2011, 03:06 PM   #42 (permalink)
 
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I went to see my doctor after a few years of suffering from social anxiety. Funny thing is, I remember exactly when it first occurred, was told to stand up and answer a question, mentally I felt fine but for some reason I started to choke a little bit, and couldn't really get out what I was saying. It was confusing initially but it's just gotten worse from then.

I have various problems, sometimes I don't even like walking through crowds, for instance in a shopping mall, you may not be able to tell by looking at me but I feel really uncomfortable. I also sweat a lot on my face because of it, I could be freezing cold but sometimes, when speaking, especially in crowds my face will suddenly just feel really hot and I'll start sweating, not nice.

So yea, I was prescribed to 40mg of Propranolol Hydrochloride, when I was speaking to my doctor I could feel myself sweating and normally i would be desperate to try and whipe my face dry but I wanted some medication to be honest so just left my face as I thought it could work in my favour,lol.

No idea if it works yet, haven't been out but I really hope it does help, I'd gone on with SA for too long without seeing anyone about it to be honest, I just thought it would go away. Anyway, I'll be more than happy to share my experience with it after I actually use it.
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Old 07-24-2011, 10:37 PM   #43 (permalink)
 
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it wont help social anxiety or psychosis, it works on physical symptoms of anxiety such as sweaty palms, sweating and headaches associated with anxiety and it makes u feel tired because it also lowers your blood pressure right down
you're quite right, but there may be some inverse influence on emotional component of SA, hope so.
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Old 07-31-2011, 05:54 PM   #44 (permalink)
 
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I'm on this... well no, I'm not ON it. I have it with me to use in times when my social anxiety is worse... like wherever there are attractive women or if I'm going to a gathering of 4 or more people.

It's weird. I can tell it's doing something even though it's not really doing anything.

That doesn't make sense, does it? It definitely slows my out-of-control heartbeat but it does nothing for my wild crazy thoughts. That's when I usually reach for the alcohol, unfortunately.
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Old 08-08-2011, 01:41 PM   #45 (permalink)
 
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I'm on this... well no, I'm not ON it. I have it with me to use in times when my social anxiety is worse... like wherever there are attractive women or if I'm going to a gathering of 4 or more people.

It's weird. I can tell it's doing something even though it's not really doing anything.

That doesn't make sense, does it? It definitely slows my out-of-control heartbeat but it does nothing for my wild crazy thoughts. That's when I usually reach for the alcohol, unfortunately.
I feel exactly the same. Like, I had an interview the other day and was still crapping myself beforehand, sweating a bit and just very nervous. Normally my voice trembles a lot but I that didn't this time so it was better in that respect.

What are you doing from here on? I was thinking about going to the doctors again and possibly having a prescription for something else but I'm not sure if anything will work exactly as I would wish.
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Old 08-12-2011, 12:03 AM   #46 (permalink)
 
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Was prescribed this today - my first anxiety medication ever. Took 10mg at about 1:00pm was pretty talkative at school and was on the bus from 3:30pm-4:30pm. Other have said it only works on physical symptoms of anxiety and this sounds fairly true as on the bus I was still quite anxious. Although I think I'll keep taking it for a while before I make a judgement. I think taking it over the course of a couple months you'd probably notice that you haven't had a panic attack in quite a while and haven't had to deal with the more severe physical symptoms of social anxiety. I'm supposed to be taking 10mg twice a day
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Old 08-17-2011, 06:09 PM   #47 (permalink)
 
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Hi, I have started taking propranolol recently, since I have recently fount that if I have to make a presentation to more than 3 or 4 people, I become sweaty, nauseous, and feel like I could almost faint. I have taken propranolol twice (two tablets each time), and I think it has helped, but I still seem to sweat profusely for the first 10 minutes... still very embarrasing. If I take a stronger dose, will it help control the sweating? Thanks.
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Old 08-18-2011, 09:13 AM   #48 (permalink)
 
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jman7777, I have a problem with sweating also and was hoping this woud help but it hasn't unfortuantely, not for me anyway.
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Old 08-18-2011, 07:20 PM   #49 (permalink)
 
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Thanks, j5554 for the reply. Just curious, do you have any other tips to try and control sweating? Are there any other meds out there that can?
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Thanks, j5554 for the reply. Just curious, do you have any other tips to try and control sweating? Are there any other meds out there that can?
No problem. I don't unfortunately, I've been looking for a solution but haven't found one. I've heard about anti-perspirants for the face but haven't greatly looked into that yet. Only thing that remotely helps is when I sometimes imagine myself whiping my face with a cold towel, as strange as that sounds because my problem is with the face, not really my body or anything. But that only works in mild cases of facial sweating. In more pressurized situations I just sometimes can't stop it. I'm gonna mention it to my doctor next time though and see what she says and if I can be prescribed with anything for it.
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Old 08-22-2011, 04:34 PM   #51 (permalink)
 
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No problem. I don't unfortunately, I've been looking for a solution but haven't found one. I've heard about anti-perspirants for the face but haven't greatly looked into that yet. Only thing that remotely helps is when I sometimes imagine myself whiping my face with a cold towel, as strange as that sounds because my problem is with the face, not really my body or anything. But that only works in mild cases of facial sweating. In more pressurized situations I just sometimes can't stop it. I'm gonna mention it to my doctor next time though and see what she says and if I can be prescribed with anything for it.
I've suffered from excessive sweating (full body) and hot flashes for my entire adult life. Pretty much tried everything imaginable, from pore blockers to anti-depressants, herbal remedies, acupuncture, beta blockers, and even surgery, but nothing has really been all that effective. As you can imagine, much of the SA I experience is due to my sweating.

Anyways, after seeing many, many doctors and specialists, I'd all but given up. The diagnosis was that I have an over-active sympathetic nervous system and that they've all but ran out of ideas for me. After doing a fair bit of reading, I heard about a drug that was primarily intended for the treatment of seizures called Neurontin (Gabapentin), but that has also been used to treat people who suffer from excessive sweating. I printed out my findings and took them to my doctor later that week. He said it was worth a shot, since the drug basically 'calms' your nervous system down, and prescribed me a low dose (100mg, 1-3x daily).

To be honest, I didn't notice much of a difference, but then I'd also read that a lot of folks don't see relief of their symptoms until they were taking around 900mg a day. So after a few weeks, we bumped it up to about 600mg / daily, and I'll be damned if I didn't start noticing a difference.

Unfortunately, I ran out of my prescription shortly thereafter, and I am currently unemployed (laid off - bleh), so am unable to afford a refill. Anyways, maybe this is something you can do some research into and maybe discuss with your dr as well. Hopefully it'll prove helpful to you and any others in similar situations.
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Old 08-26-2011, 07:29 PM   #52 (permalink)
 
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I've just been prescribed propranolol for anxiety in situations like meetings and talks, lectures and conferences. I get so freaked out when people sit behind me or can see me from the side, im constantly afraid they're watching, it starts out with obsessing on it and leads to blushing, rapid heart rate, aware of breathing and moving up and down of your chest, then you panic more and hands start to shake and you sweat, i get muscle spasms when certain loud words are said , and my head jumps, i am severely tense, and i get the worst headaches i ever thought possible. I sometimes have to run out or go to the bathroom and cry.

The doc said these should help, does anyone know if they will help with all these symptoms? I know they don't work so well for the mindset but I think if I can get the physical symptoms under control I will have a better chance at sorting out my head, I don't know if that makes sense lol
Wow..you sound exactly like me..It's difficult for anyone to understand this feeling..I, and I suppose you, live with this everyday.This is exactly what my social phobia is..I'm glad I read this as i feel so alone with this condition sometimes..that nobody experiences what i do..You said it simply and perfectly..I'm a pretty strong willed person..I'm not a coward but I do experience fear like everyone..but the social phobia i cannot explain but it is so severe that i have quit jobs over it..It is soo debilitating.About the only differance is I don't run away to cry..i just run away to ..umm..get the heck away..The feeling of being watched..and ..umm..judged..I don't know a better way to say it.

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Hi, I went to the doctors today about my anxiety.
Me personally i think I have pretty severe anxiety whenever I have to do many of the previous task you have previously mentioned.
After much persuading and practically demanding that I have some form of medication, he prescribed 10mg.

I know many of you have had success with Inderal 20 mg or anything above 20mg.
But I haven't noticed anyone talk about the success of 10mg.
I mean I've just taken one and feel pretty relaxed, but when the crush comes to crush, will it be successful.

All replies will be greatly appreciated.


I just got prescribed the same amount 10mg I had a total freak out in my MA class and walked out for the rest of the night because I couldnt get my anxiety to calm down. I'm in the same boat as you I hope 10mgs is enough to notice any type of difference in my symptoms.
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i need some thing for the sweating..... i pray inderal works.. if i can control sweating i can work on my anxiety.. Im losing hope
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I experience excessive blushing when someone just looks at me. I have trouble looking people in the eyes and feeling confident. I take 10 mg of propranolol twice a day and it definitely helps but when it wears off my face just gets red again. I wish that I was not dependent on drugs and could face people. Has anyone thought about getting the ETS surgery?
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I experience excessive blushing when someone just looks at me. I have trouble looking people in the eyes and feeling confident. I take 10 mg of propranolol twice a day and it definitely helps but when it wears off my face just gets red again. I wish that I was not dependent on drugs and could face people. Has anyone thought about getting the ETS surgery?
chill out u dont need surgery because u blush relax so what if u blush some guys think its cute i do
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propranolol, i found works good for anxiety.

what it does is significantly decrease the physical symptoms of anxiety. what it doesnt do, is sedate you, or slow down any thoughts in your mind, like a benzo would. thats why i think this and a benzo would be a great combination. which i am going to try to get when i see the doc next time in a month.

my doc prescribed me 40mg 2x a day..but when i want it to work to decrease the symptoms of anxiety i have to take 40mg x5 like 30-60 minutes before i need it to work. so it seems you do have to take a good amount for it to work. but im sure it varies from person to person.

so 3/5 stars
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it didnt work for me... i took 50mg
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it didnt work for me... i took 50mg
try more like 150-250mg. and dont be expecting a sedating effect. to really see it work its best, go into a social situation that would normally make u anxious. they try interacting as normal. u should notice less physical symptoms of anxiety.

like for me, its group therapy. and i can see how it works there. but still only 3/5 stars, cus ur mind may still be running rampant. it doesnt stop that.
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i took before i went to an interview it didnt work one bit
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