Thanks guys. However this thread kind of sums up the confusion out there over the drug. One person says its gives "lower blood pressure", another "increased BP"...
I would guess that obviously using it regularly would lead to lower BP, however intermittent use could see a rebound effect , that actually increases BP when not taking it ??
Unlimited00 - can I ask if the effects of atenolol were as good as Prop ?? Some suggest that BECAUSE it doesn't cross the BBB, this means that it isn't as effective for some reason.
(I must admit though that probably 90% of my anxiety in these situations is physical, rather than mental - if u know what I mean! - so I'm not too concerned it crossing the BBB. I have also taken 2-3 80mg propranolol LA tablets before a big presentation and STILL had the fear of God in my head just before starting, however once I get going, and know my body is not giving any "tells", the fear subsides)
I'd say that is a fair assessment on the BP issue. I would assume there would be a rebound effect. The adrenal system seems to be fun like that.
As far as effectiveness, I can't say much. It was years ago when I used propranolol and it wasn't even directly for anxiety. It was part of an ADD screening to rule out possible anxiety for the cause. All I remember when I took it is that I just really wanted to take a nap and it messed with my memory some.
The atenolol does none of that, but from what I can remember the prop. didn't seem to do much for anxiety anyways. Maybe a little mentally calmer, but thats about it. I use it purely for physical symptoms: jumbling words, stuttering from anxiety, pounding heart, sweating, tremors, twitching, shaking, fidgiting, psychomotor agitation, etc. Before, it was to the point where when I was nervous I would randomly throw things like pens when I tried to pick them up. They would start to slip and my reflexes went haywire trying to catch them and the next thing I'd know the pen is halfway across the room. Not a good situation for SA