I'm very anxious taking a stress test next week, for fear that I will get a racing heart. Wonder, if I could take my usual 0.25mg alprazolam for the anxiety prior of the test? Would appreciate a comment re: this matter!
An exercise stress test? The purpose is to monitor heart activity during exercise... and it WILL give you a racing heart rate. Xanax, a benzodiazepine, is a central nervous system depressant and could affect the test procedure and it's results.
You need to ask your doctor ahead of time about the alprazolam and any other medications you may be taking.
Don't worry! You'll be monitored continuously and the test will be stopped if your heart rate is too rapid, you get short of breath, have any chest pain, etc.
I have taken both forms of the nuclear stress test the exercise and the lexicon or the drug. They are used to determine how effective your heart is working. A lot of people are afraid of the lexicon one but it isn't bad. I can't do the exercise one because my heart won't allow me to do the full duration, so not able to got a true EF. I had a little reaction from the lexicon the last time and they gave me the med to reverse the effect. The doctor performing the test will let you know what of your medications you can and can't take. Hope this helps.
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