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Beta Blockers can be dangerous, be careful with this substance!


Kurt Codean
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Kurt thanks so much for this information........

I just went to my psych today and my anxiety has been through the roof.  turns out my bp was 210/130.  they wanted to admit me but i said no.  we were really arguing about it.  he finally, after spending an hour with him he put me on attenolol.  I was near stroking out.  He really really wanted to admit me.  I just cant right now. 

The info you posted has been very informational for me and was a great way to start my research, since I have never been on a beta blocker before.  he told me to double up on my vals today and if I feel various symptoms I am to call an ambulance immediately.  I love my doc he really cares.  any way before I went on the WWW i checked here, and here you were.  Thanks again, that is a valuable contribution for the forum.

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wow kurt that is a pretty scary story, thank you for sharing. Can I ask how much beta blocker you were taking? I have had anxiety my whole life, and also diagnosed with tachycardia (rapid heart rate, my resting rate was around 100 or higher). Its not dangerous in itself, but it is uncomfortable with the palpitations. I asked my doc if anything would help and he gave me propranolol to use, 10mg twice daily. He said larger doses were used to control blood pressure, but a smaller dose should keep my heart rate from getting too high. It works, but does nothing for my anxiety, except for removing racing heartbeat as a symptom. If I miss my doses for a day or two I start feeling palpitations again. So for me its been a good thing. But I'm sorry to hear about your horrible experience, but its good to hear the good and bad when considering any med. I hope you are feeling better!

6 hours ago, CatintheHat said:

Kurt thanks so much for this information........

I just went to my psych today and my anxiety has been through the roof.  turns out my bp was 210/130.  they wanted to admit me but i said no.  we were really arguing about it.  he finally, after spending an hour with him he put me on attenolol.  I was near stroking out.  He really really wanted to admit me.  I just cant right now. 

The info you posted has been very informational for me and was a great way to start my research, since I have never been on a beta blocker before.  he told me to double up on my vals today and if I feel various symptoms I am to call an ambulance immediately.  I love my doc he really cares.  any way before I went on the WWW i checked here, and here you were.  Thanks again, that is a valuable contribution for the forum.

sorry you're feeling anxious cat and I hope the attenolol works out for you!

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I echo the sentiments posted, a great piece of info and a warning to be careful also. 

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I was given some of these by a "friend" in high school and took a few on top of a lot of booze & large dose of coke. I think it was the latter that probably saved me because it increased my blood pressure although I did have a major meltdown, picked fights with a few random people, & caused a 3rd of my high school class to never talk to me again. Certainly one of the worst nights of my life & I had a few pretty bad ones back then.

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Thanks for sharing this Bite me. I bet that coke did save you and thank God it did.  But now you are here, and even though I was on "break" when you joined I have noticed you to be a good member and a QUALITY member. 

You know, They say that you cannot "feel" high blood pressure. i def knew there was something wrong.  I am more comfortable and even tho I am in a very stressful situation in my personal life i am more comfortable.  I do have to do some research on kratom mixed with BBs cuz that is all I take is kratom.  plus my scripts for lexapro and valium.  i also am an "on and off" drinker and my bf nearly killed me when I went to get vodka at the store.  he has heard stories about bbs mixed with alcohol and doesnt want me to die.  i get it.  he poured all of the vodka out.  so, no more alcohol and I think it is worth it. 

Foxglove, I appreciate your support and very kind words.  I feel it is helping me.  they say it can take a couple weeks to have a full effect and I have only been on it since Tuesday.

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It's easy to forget how dangerous alcohol is since the powers that be make it more easily available than safer drugs. I'm happy I haven't touched that one in 29 years. And my doctor has been on irbesartan for my blood pressure, which I tolerate pretty well.

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Interesting story ...

 

I was prescribed these for anxiety but never took them much as thought well if im taking Benzos surely these wont help..One day i was in a bad way and took allot of them at night it was like i was having an out of body experience was all very weird and hard to explain ..I thought i was a goner so decided to get out of bed until most of the effects worse of .Never touched them since 

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Yes, I agree they are dangerous.

There are two kinds: one that is a single dose and goes up to 40 mg. And one that is called SA and stays in your system building up.

I have put on both kinds - and the same thing happened to me: I was admited to the hospital. With the SA version I gained 15 pounds, couldn't stay asleep at the wheel and was depressed.

I agree with you.

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On the other hand those with hypertension these are a wonder drug.

During a brief stint of anxiety and panic attacks propanolol was effective. I went as high as 120mg a day but for only a brief period.
A small dose of 10mg a day has been proven to be very effective to help avoid  potential cardiac and stroke issues with those predetermined.

To control BP I would rather use hawthorn berry, hibiscus and celery as a first port of call but wouldnt outrule a small dose of a beta blocker.
For those using high doses of PED's it is definitely advisable.

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They can be dangerous and did zilch for my panic attacks.

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I have a lot of experiance with beta blockers Metroprolol is one .I have given it for years and it will work on blood pressures for a short time but after about 2 hours it will go back up. Beta blockers are primarily for Heart Rate control if I don't take mine 200mg SR everyday I am feeling like i am dying.Hr without 120's on 70's. People prone for heart attacks or has had one will most likely be put on one because it helps save heart tissue.

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I don't think there's a problem with beta blockers if you take them as prescribed, whether for BP issues or anxiety. I had a doc prescribe propranolol low dose to deal with symptoms of anxiety. They don't actually reduce the amount of anxiety you have, they just mask the symptoms, like sweaty or shaky palms, hyperventilating, racing heart, etc. They work great when I have to give a presentation or lecture that I'm nervous about. For me, the anxiety isn't crippling, it's the appearance of being nervous that I want to avoid without clouding my mind with benzos. Beta blockers work wonderfully for that. I take them as prescribed and don't mix with anything else that could lower blood pressure. No problems here.

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Ive used propanolol sparingly but successfully for high bp on cycle before.  Cheap,  works great

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