Has any one taken both clonazepam and propranolol for performance anxiety? I normally take both only as needed for acute anxiety only (clonazepam - 0.5mg - 1 mg) and performance only (propranolol 40 - 60mg). I recently took 40mg of propranolol approximately 6 hours before a performance and then another 50mg an hour before my performance based on a pharmacists recommendation. It wasn't helping as it should so I also took 0.25mg of clonazepam - which I've never done before. I will also admit that I drank a couple glasses of wine. I know the dangers of alcohol and clonazepam. I had already had wine before I decided to take the clonazepam. I am not recommending or encouraging anyone to mix alcohol with any prescription medication. I am merely telling my story.
Anyway, after taking the low dose of clonazepam, my nerves were a lot calmer. But to this day I cannot remember being on stage. I do remember my interactions and conversations with others just not performing and I mean at all. From everyone's feedback I apparently remembered lyrics, was on key and hit my marks.
Has this happened to anyone else? What is most interesting is that I remember everything of the evening off-stage. Thanks!
Hello, “Taking Clonazepam and Propranolol may have additive effects in lowering your blood pressure”. Also,
You asked “But to this day I cannot remember being on stage; Memory problem is a common side effect of Clonazepam. You should be aware that Klonopin/Clonazepam can cause addiction. Therefore, it should be taken for short term effects(at least six weeks).
Do you take Propranolol with a meal? because this will make it easier for your body to absorb the medication.
That’s an interesting question. A few years ago I had to present to a group that was supposed to be around 200 people, so I took my “pre-presentation” propranolol dose per usual. About two hours before the presentation I was told another speaker presenting concurrently to me had to suddenly cancel and my group now would be 500 people. I got very nervous and took a .50mg of Klonopin “just to cover my bases”. The presentation was spectacular I was told, I also flawlessly responded to 15 minutes of Q&A. My boss said it was hands down the best presentation of my career. I cannot remember any of it. I have absolutely no recollection of it at all. It’s on video, I’ve watched the video, and I STILL don’t remember it. It still to this day really bothers me. After that experience, although it ended well, I have never mixed propranolol with clonazepam ever again. I did discuss it with my prescribing doctor and she agreed I should not take a combo of these two medications. The odd thing is I have mixed Xanax with propranolol a few times over the years and never had any memory issues. We are all different, and I hope this helps! Good luck to you.