Propranolol is often prescribed for:-
• Heart problems
• Anxiety and Panic
The main benenefit of Propranolol is that it slows the heart. This promotes calmness (beneficial for anxiety problems) and means the heart
works less which is good for heart problems.
Propranolol (Inderal) enters the brain better than other beta blockers and its unique abilty to cross the blood-brain
barrier makes it one of the most prescribed beta blockers.
However this unique property may be why propranolol causes more central nervous system side effects than other beta blockers do.
Things such as: hallucinations, nightmares and depression can be more common with Propranolol
Along with the general side effects common to most beta blockers: weight gain, tiredness, slow heartbeat, dizziness, nausea, decreased sex
drive, other side effects of Propranolol include:-
• Shortness of breath
• Swelling of ankles and feet
• Cold hand and feet
• Skin problems
Taking Propranolol for Anxiety
Beta blockers originally designed for heart problems are now widely prescribed for
anxiety. The calming effect of slowing the heart can help with the day-to-day management of anxiety.
But is this a good thing?
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The Collins English Dictionary describes anxiety as "a state of uneasiness or tension caused by apprehension of possible
misfortune, danger etc."
And to be anxious is to be "worried and tense".
Latin anxietas gave anxiety in English; the base is Latin anxius, from angere 'to choke'
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