Fear not, propranolol, originally developed to treat heart conditions, is also an effective treatment for the management of the physical symptoms of performance and social anxiety.
What is Propranolol (IR)?
Propranolol is a type of medication called a beta blocker, which blocks the beta receptors found in the heart, lungs and arteries. Beta blockers are typically used to treat heart conditions, for example an irregular heart beat, high blood pressure, or patients with a high risk of heart attack.
Beta blockers also block the action of stress hormones, such as adrenaline, epinephrine and noradrenaline, on your heart. These hormones are responsible for activating your body’s fight-or-flight mechanism, causing the physical symptoms of anxiety, such as a faster heartbeat, shaky and sweaty hands, dizziness, dry mouth and tight throat.
While beta blockers ease the physical symptoms of anxiety, they do not treat the root psychological cause behind the anxiety.
Order Propranolol (IR) online
As propranolol is a prescription only medication, you will need to consult with a doctor before purchasing and using it. We can put you in touch with a licensed doctor in your area who can perform an online assessment of your condition and help to decide whether propranolol is right for you. After a prescription is issued, your medication can be delivered directly to your door.
How to use
Propranolol is a generic drug, so it is generally available as just “propranolol”, with no brand name.
When used to treat an anxiety disorder, propranolol is usually prescribed in the form of an oral tablet. There are a variety of strengths available and your doctor will decide upon the most suitable dose for your needs. Typically, your doctor will start you on a low to moderate dose and adjust your dose depending upon your response to treatment and any adverse effects.
Typically, patients take between 10 and 80mg of propranolol, on an as-needed basis, approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour before the anxiety-inducing event. The effects of propranolol can last for up to 12 hours. It is important that you follow your doctor’s instructions on dosage and timing, as these directions have been tailored to your specific needs.
Make sure that you understand your doctor’s directions and read through all of the important safety information that is included with your propranolol prescription. Tell your doctor about any medications, vitamins or supplements that you are currently taking so that they can advise you on possible drug interactions.
Propranolol is considered to be a safe and effective medication for the treatment of heart issues and anxiety disorders. However, like any medication, their use can result in some side effects. Typically, side effects associated with propranolol use are uncommon, mild and easily managed. Common side effects reported with propranolol use include: a slower-than-normal heart rate, fatigue, sleep problems, diarrhea, dry eye syndrome and hair loss.
You can use the Seven Cells platform to discuss any adverse effects with your doctor. Often, any side effects can be reduced or eliminated through a simple change in dose or change to a different beta blocker.