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Hey everyone! So after wearing a Holter Monitor, my doctor stated they saw tachycardia. I was prescribed propranolol. Do any of you take it? Or have taken it? My doctor didn’t help much explaining my results at all. Can any one you read results. I’m very very anxious!

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I’ve taken it for ectopic heartbeats and currently taking it at the moment. 10mg 3x per day.

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Any side effects? I’m nervous! She put me on 80mg I was thinking about half

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No, I don’t notice any. I sometimes feel that my sleep isn’t so good but that’s it.

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Oh ok. Do you take it at night then? I guess it makes me nervous like something else is going on and the medicine will make it worse. I googled some and yeah I was nervous

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hi I used to tke them doctor told me I could take them at anytime in the day.he said just take them whenever I felt anxiety coming on.

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Oh ok! Thanks I guess mine is for my heart but idk

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yeah when you fee you heart racing they will hopefully make you feel better.

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Yeah I read they can help prevent heart attack and other stuff I just hate side effects!!

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I got a bit sweaty on them.when I was working I couldn't stop sweating even in a freezing factory.not everyone the same mind you.

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True! I wonder if I should do half of the 80mg first?

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Your doctor spent 12 years learning to prescribe medication. You should take what your doctor prescribed, or call your doctor and discuss your concerns. I'm not trying to be mean but my job security comes mostly from people who are non-compliant with their doctor's orders, and end up in the hospital blaming everyone but themselves that they're there. Your choices are to take the medication as ordered or risk cardiac arrest, and I promise you a ventilator and some broken ribs from chest compressions are more uncomfortable than whatever side effects you're having.

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I take it for akathisia. 10 mg 3x a day. I was warned that it would lower my blood pressure

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See that’s what I’m afraid of! I already have low bp how low does it lower it

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My bp is usually 110/70. Ballpark. Most time lower. It is now 95/ 68. Dr tells me its fine. I feel fine and it works for my condition.

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Oh ok! Me too!! But I’m just nervous Bc it’s 80mg. I feel better Bc of your bp, but 80 just sounds high

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I've never heard of this AT ALL? What are you doing going along with something your Doctor won't explain? And now you're having anxiety over it? You should research it

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Really? I have heard of the medicine Bc of a lot of my patients take it. I don’t know why she prescribed it for me. I was doing research all last night. I have seen ppt take it for Anxiety and a lot of other things it’s beta blocker

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Really I haven't heard of it? You mentioned patients? Are you a doctor? I've tried many different kinds. I've been taking Mirtazapine.

The thing that I hate most of what I'm going through? Is that I'm EXHAUSTED, Im in bed most of the time and feel SO stressed to take care of anything, I think of ways to not go out. I sometimes get my daughter to run errands for me. I'm suppose to see a sleep specialist this coming week don't know if I'm going to go? My insurance make me pay for every procedure I have. Next year I get medicare it will be cheaper.

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No I wish I was a dr, just Medical assistant to nurse. Oh no! I’m sorry your having trouble with your sleep! See that’s what I was affraid of with medication being so tired and lethargic. Same here I keep having to pay for procedures medication just a lot

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My sleep problem isn't because of my medication. I have sleep apnea and insomnia. I have been sleeping a little better. Want to try something called CB oil? It's made from marijuana but does not get you high. Looking for maybe a younger doctor who would be willing to prescribed it. My psychiatrist ignored me when I mentioned it, she old school.

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Is it legal?

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Yea, I live in California

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And doctors don't prescribe CBD oil. You buy it over the counter.

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And I don't know why your comparing your remeron to a cardiac medication. That would be like me telling you that you shouldn't take it bc MY DOCTOR gave me cholesterol medicine. You make no sense. Do you go to your accountant and tell then they're doing their job wrong too? Maybe you should get your medical license.

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What are you talking about?

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It's a common medication for the condition that's been around for 20+ years. I think I'd trust my doc before some random person on the internet who's "never heard of it".

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I’m not trusting anyone on the internet? I listen to all opinions and appreciate anyone taking there time to offer there advice

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I'm not saying youre doing anything wrong by asking. But some of the responses are a little out of line. The only responsible advice here is to take it as your doctor prescribed and call your doctor to discuss concerns, side effects, etc. I've been an acute care nurse for 13 years,

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... well.... ok thanks again. I’m not understanding at what point did I do something wrong but ok thanks.

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You're not. I just don't want you to take some bad advice and end up very sick. I actually have a close friend who's 42 year old boyfriend is in the hospital with half his skull in a freezer because he didn't think he needed his blood pressure medication. Your doctor has a responsibility to make sure you know what conditions you have and what your medication does as well as why... it's disappointing that you have so many questions because it means he's not fufilling his obligation to you as a patient. Make him clarify everything for you and give you the info in writing...you should not be left this unsure about taking a moderate doseof a basic cardiac medication.

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I have asked and asked and no answer from my dr. She ignores me and says I’m being dramatic with the questions. Like I didn’t know why the meds what’s the tachycardia I had so many questions she still didn’t answer. I understand and appreciate you caring! Truly!

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You should seriously consider looking for a new doctor. That's not right at all. In the hospital I often have to explain to people about new medications, but those doctors are very busy and we expect that. When you see a doctor in their office they should make time to educate you about your condition and medications and discuss your concerns. It took me 10 years to find a doctor I was happy with and I don't even have any health problems (yet). I know my doctor will allow at least 15-20 minutes of time for discussing things and if I know I'm going in with specific questions I ask them to book 2 appointments. But that shouldn't be necessary just to get basic questions answered. She can't expect you to follow her orders if she can't be bothered to explain to you why you're doing it.

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Exactly! It’s so frustrating! Like I cried today! Because it’s like I’m still ignored!! Constantly like when I have to give instructions when patients check out I always try to answer and ask the doctor anything I’m to sure on

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I'm 64 never a drug user, so I don't know how this works?

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Propranolol is basically a beta blocker. For people with anxiety it takes away the physical symptoms, like heart palpitations etc. But it won't take away the mental symptoms of anxiety.

So basically you can feel anxious and take if you take propranolol, your body won't feel the affects of anxiety but you mind will still have the same anxious thoughts.

I've been prescribed them before but my health anxiety is so bad I couldn't take them. Anything that's a beta blocker makes me terrified that it will mess my heart up or blood pressure. (it won't, it's just my anxiety convincing me it will)

Why are you nervous to take them?

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By the way it's not just used for anxiety. It's used for a few different conditions. But I'm presuming you're taking it for anxiety.

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I guess the side effects of medications, I hate taking any medicine at all. I’m scared of all of the bad stuff happening. But they did see tachycardia and was a bit concerned

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Tachycardia is quite common so please don't worry too much about it. I would suggest you take the propranolol and that should help the issue. If you're not confident always ask the doctor for a more detailed explaination of what the medication does, what the side effects are and risk factors.

For what it's worth when my my doctor prescribed me propranolol (40g) I asked him lots of questions and he told me that it's basically a paediatric dosage and won't do me any harm at all. As I said I didn't take it as I knew it would just make me worry for my heart. But seeing as your heart is beating faster than it normally should, I think that slowing it down slightly with the medication shouldn't be an issue. But of course at the end of the day you need to do what you feel comfortable with.

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Thanks! I took it last night for the first time!

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I take 20 mg 3xday for Essential Tremors and anxiety. No side effects other than it sometimes lowers my blood pressure. I monitor my blood pressure twice a day and if it hits a certain level that is too low I skip a dose. No problems and it has really helped me

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Oh ok! Thank you! I find it interesting it’s used for anxiety for the heart and bp

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It's used for both bc both are over reactions of the autonomic nervous system. That's why anxiety can make people have cardiac symptoms. The origin of the rapid heart rate, etc, are the same.

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And you need to take it as scheduled, not when you feel your heart rate increase. It is used as needed for anxiety, your goal is to PREVENT the tachycardia. Let me put it to you this way...your heart is only going to beat so many times. Do you think your washing machine will last longer if you wash 2 loads a week, or 2 loads a day? Same principal.

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Ok..... thank you

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I used to take it but only when I knew I'd be in an anxious situation and have a fast heartbeat. I found 10mg worked just right for me and helped me stay calm x

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Oh ok! Thank you! I started it last night

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I take them when i have anxiety attack or during a panic attack 10mg only, it helps with slowing the heart palpitations but dont take away the bad thought and symptoms of anxiety. I got my first talk therapy tomorrow lets see how this CBT going to help me

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Thanks! I hope it goes well! :)

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