... to help with anxiety? Will 40mg propranolol stop your mind racing and horrible thoughts? I have anxiety and OCD. I have been prescribed these today alongside my other tablets. How long do you have be on them to stop anxiety? Can I have other people's experiences with propranolol or what other tablets people are taking?
Hi, leo! Propranolol acts within 30 minutes to an hour to help relieve the physical symptoms of anxiety - sweating, shaking hands, racing heart, etc., however it does not act on the causes of your anxiety. Some people use it as needed before certain events, others use it on a regular schedule to control generalized anxiety symptoms.
Other options would be Zoloft which is approved for the treatment of anxiety disorders or buspirone which is neither an antidepressant/anxiolytic or a benzodiazepine.
Best regards and I hope you're feeling better soon. Wild Cat
I have a form of OCD too and a regular SSRI was enough to keep it under check. I'm now testing other antidepressants and take Valium as needed.
I would mostly agree with WildcatVet. Propranolol was intended to prevent the heart from beating too hard and too fast and to help prevent heart arrhythmias (it has other uses, too). The dosage determines how much of a "clamping" effect it has. It is effective within hours or less — it doesn't take weeks as do antidepressants. Unless your anxiety is, in part, related to your heart racing, I would *not* expect that propranolol would stop your mind from racing, but everyone is different. You should consider discussing this with your doctor, who can explain why is was prescribed.
A number of SSRIs are known to be effective for some forms of OCD. You can Google "OCD SSRI" to find such info. A mood-stabilizer, such as lamotrigine, may help. Anti-anxiety meds can help directly, but they are usually addictive and treat only the symptoms, not the underlying problems, so they must be used with caution. Of course, sometimes the symptoms (and our response to them) become as destructive as the problem itself — I know from my own experience.
Please consider discussing these concerns with your doctor, if you feel comfortable doing so. I wish you well in your journey!
- Propranolol Information for Consumers
- Propranolol Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Propranolol (detailed)
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