I've been suffering from anxiety for about 5-6 years now. When I get low I crumble under my brain, when I'm high I'm free as a bird. Lately it has been down, the heart races, tingles in my fingertips, Palm sweats, the "pit in my stomach" feeling sick, the dread that I may pass out or faint from my light headed ness - I have a child to look after so the worries set in even more because I worry who will look after him if something were to happen to me.
I went to the doctors and he prescribed me propranolol 10mg in morning and at night. I get short dizzy spells as I have low blood pressure and these pills are for people with high blood pressure. It's been 3 days so far, I don't really get side effects about from the short dizziness but I bought iron tablets as I have low iron count anyway. I can feel the physical effects of anxiety kind of numbed down but the mentality of it is still there. I still have the worry brain... I was just wondering does it subside or is it just going to fix the physical and not the mental? How long does it take to work properly?
You may not be on high enough of a dose, I've been in your shoes. 10 mg. are tic-tacs for me. Propranolol is not like a benzo that works well after the panic has started, but it does a great job at preventing it. I take it 3 time daily, 60 mg. immediately at awakening, 40 mg with lunch (no more than 6 hours later) & another 40 mg right after work to enjoy my home life. If you take it on a schedule you don't need to worry about timing to work, your covered, unfortunately mental health concerns creep up at any time, be prepared. My days of drinking are done, its a trade off with the RX, I choose sanity, I make it through my days now.
11 Oct 2015
I was prescribed propranolol 10 mg as needed. My Dr. suggested it would help in especially anxious situations, i.e., public speaking, being in large groups and any other situations in which I would feel vulnerable or shy. I take this along with lorazapam 2 mg, which I think you may also need or something similar. It sounds like you have more pronounced anxiety and would benefit from asking for an actual anti-anxiety medication to take along with the propranolol. The propanolol is a short acting drug that will definitely fix the physical which may help calm you mentally, but it will not fix the mental. Hope all of this makes sense. Best wishes that you are able to find relief soon.