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I'm thinking about asking my GP to prescribe me some beta blockers. I'm pretty sure I can handle my thoughts but it's the physical symptoms that annoy me such as sweating, racing heart, shaking, blushing, etc.

I wouldn't be using them long term, just enough to get some reference experience in certain situations.

Are there any side effects?
Are they all the same?
Are they easy to get prescribed?
Cost?
Anyone who takes them, what are/were your experiences?
 

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heya mate, I took them before. They slowed me down loads, but to be honest for me, i didnt like the sensation. I felt like i was walking around in slow motion and my heart was beating sooo sloooooww. but i had bad anxiety so i think i was freaking myself out alot from anything! to have then presribed i went to the doctor and told him about my anxiety, and he simply prescribed them. cant remember how much they were sorry, but i dont think they were real expensive.
 

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I take Inderal IR on an "as needed" basis. The med is funny - it does NOTHING with regard to feeling anxious but it does help with the physical stuff.

It is pretty inexpensive and you should have no problem getting it prescribed.
 

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heya mate, I took them before. They slowed me down loads, but to be honest for me, i didnt like the sensation. I felt like i was walking around in slow motion and my heart was beating sooo sloooooww. but i had bad anxiety so i think i was freaking myself out alot from anything! to have then presribed i went to the doctor and told him about my anxiety, and he simply prescribed them. cant remember how much they were sorry, but i dont think they were real expensive.
Thanks, that was helpful

I take Inderal IR on an "as needed" basis. The med is funny - it does NOTHING with regard to feeling anxious but it does help with the physical stuff.

It is pretty inexpensive and you should have no problem getting it prescribed.
Thanks. Yeah they're not supposed to do anything for anxiety, just the physical symptoms. I figure I can push through anxiety provoking situations because I can control my thoughts but can't control what my body does, so beta blockers should help to show my CNS that it doesn't need to get into 'flight or fight' mode in normal situations. And by getting positive reference experience I'm hoping my body doesn't react nervously in the future when I expose myself to similar situations when I don't take any.
 

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I took propranolol and noticed little. But if you have a lot of physical symptoms that tend to make you more self-conscious then it's worth a shot. My doctor listened to my heart and said there was a murmur and so I had to wait many weeks to get my heart checked out before he would prescribe them. My heart was perfectly fine so obviously his ears are the problem. Never trust a doctor who wears a hoodie.
 

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lol wtf is this. He wouldn't prescribe me beta blockers because he thought I might get addicted to them but he was willing to give me anti depressants/anxiety meds. Are these people crazy?
 

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Hi ForeverStallone,

I'm not a doctor but I do work in a hospital on a psych ward with a bunch of psychiatrists.

For this sort of thing I'd really suggest you see a psychiatrist rather than a GP. The GP will likely give you what you want, but they really aren't trained in the nuances of the beta blocker meds when used for anxiety.

A psychiatrist can work with you on side effect management, which beta blocker is likely to be most effective for you and why, what to watch for, what to expect, what else to do in conjunction with it to maximize your benefits, when to use it, when not to and the like.

I'm not saying ya gotta go into therapy with a psychiatrist or anything like that. But working with a specialist in this sort of thing makes a lot of sense, just like you'd work with a specialist if you were going to take meds for treating cancer.

Hope this helps a bit.
 

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Psychiatrist would probably cost a bit and wouldn't be worth it to get beta blockers, plus I don't trust doctor's, they're all paid to shove meds down our throats. Yeah I know it sounds hypocritical saying that when I want beta blockers but I feel they're safer than anti depressants which people can become dependent on and have much worse side effects
 

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I've been thinking of asking my GP for propanolol...or whatever it's called...a beta blocker. I've never tried it. My blood pressure is just a tad high... 140/90... so I think he might go along with the beta blocker since it is used for high blood pressure. I'm also taking Zoloft. Anyone out there taking Zoloft and Propanolol together? How do they work for you?
 

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Psychiatrist would probably cost a bit and wouldn't be worth it to get beta blockers, plus I don't trust doctor's, they're all paid to shove meds down our throats. Yeah I know it sounds hypocritical saying that when I want beta blockers but I feel they're safer than anti depressants which people can become dependent on and have much worse side effects
Yeah, I get that, although if you have insurance, the co-pay to see a psychiatrist should be the same. That being said, I do realize not everyone has insurance and going private pay is expensive.

Still, take a beta-blocker for anxiety control is different from taking it for hypertension and GPs don't always have the keenest knowledge about dosage and drug-drug interactions (if you're on anything else) when it comes to the psych use of such meds.
 

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propranolol caused a bad depressive crisis but my GP told me newer betas don't affect mood.
 

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lol wtf is this. He wouldn't prescribe me beta blockers because he thought I might get addicted to them but he was willing to give me anti depressants/anxiety meds. Are these people crazy?
Was he drunk at the time?
 

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I wish I had taken some of my propranolol before class tonight. The teacher made us read aloud and I thought my heart was gonna burst out of my chest.
 

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Yeah, I get that, although if you have insurance, the co-pay to see a psychiatrist should be the same. That being said, I do realize not everyone has insurance and going private pay is expensive.

Still, take a beta-blocker for anxiety control is different from taking it for hypertension and GPs don't always have the keenest knowledge about dosage and drug-drug interactions (if you're on anything else) when it comes to the psych use of such meds.
Appreciate your input, thanks.

propranolol caused a bad depressive crisis but my GP told me newer betas don't affect mood.
Do you take any other beta now?

Was he drunk at the time?
Not drunk, probably just brainwashed by the pharmaceutical companies into shoving meds down our throats to turn us into zombies. To be fair he did suggest CBT but I'm mostly past that. I need something for my physical symptoms which hold me back.
 

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Still, take a beta-blocker for anxiety control is different from taking it for hypertension and GPs don't always have the keenest knowledge about dosage and drug-drug interactions (if you're on anything else) when it comes to the psych use of such meds.
GPs certainly should know beta blockers given that they're one of the most common class of drugs for blood pressure & high blood pressure is very common.

Beta blockers have virtually no significant drug-drug interactions. In fact, I can't even think of any and I've been on beta blockers for years for blood pressure.
 

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I think that going to the doctor for mental health concerns is like going to a psychologist for a broken arm. In the field of psychology there are ethical guidelines that state practitioners should remain in their areas of competency. Now I know doctors aren't (generally lol) clueless about mental health, but it's not their area of expertise. A psychiatrist would likely be of more help.
 

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I made the switch from KPIN to this. I rather be on the beta blockers than benzos. I've found improvement, but I cannot say I am the same person. I'm currently fighting drinking.

I did not realize so much substance will affect one's mental and physical health.
 

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I think that going to the doctor for mental health concerns is like going to a psychologist for a broken arm. In the field of psychology there are ethical guidelines that state practitioners should remain in their areas of competency. Now I know doctors aren't (generally lol) clueless about mental health, but it's not their area of expertise. A psychiatrist would likely be of more help.
True. But my GP lists anxiety, depression and sports medicine as his specialties in his bio. So I think he's up to speed on the latest anxiety drugs.
 
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