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Maybethistime

I take Propanolol 40mg 3x daily. It helps me with the anxiety I have even though I'm taking 150mg sertraline daily. It was ineffectual in helping my withdrawal symptoms when I'd reduced to 100mg sertraline. I still needed Propanolol when I was on the maximum 200mg dose of sertraline.  


7 years use of sertraline to maximum dose of 200mg daily. Attempted tapering off Sept-Nov 2016. Withdrawal side-effects too unmanageable. Restarted tapering May 2017. In 6weeks reduced to 100mg daily. Managed withdrawal symptoms till mid-sept. Now taking 150mg daily. Also prescribed Propanolol 40mg up to 3 times daily to manage anxiety and Quinapril 10mg daily for high blood pressure.

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Loopylou

Yes i took 3 x 40mg whilst i was in the 200mg of sertraline. As i stopped the sertraline cold turkey. Was to scared to stop the proparanolol at the same time 


Citalopram 40mg 2013 - 2016 straight onto - 

Sertraline 200mg 2016 - May 2017 two weeks at 100mg then straight onto 

Mirtazapine 15mg 2017 ( was only on these for two weeks. Straight onto

Fluoxetine 20mg 2017 ( was also only on these for two weeks)

I am still taking 80mg of proparanol daily m, i have taken these since july 2016

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AprilShowers

I had a relapse when I had to stop taking propranolol it for a test after only taking it for about a week and I was very ill with shakes and stuff for about 2-3 months and probably took six months to get back to where I had been before taking it. Might be better, if you really need a beta blocker, to talk to your doctor about one that doesn't cross the blood brain barrier, maybe start with a low dose and always taper off more slowly than they tell you to. Everyone's different. 


2000: Use of venlafaxine for moderate depression for two years. Tapered off with no major problems. 

2010: Venlafaxine 5 years, doses between 75-150-300. Tolerated but only partially stabilised the severe depression & escallating side effects. 

Adverse reactions to citalopram (tried before venlafaxine), sertraline & mirtazapine (tried after venlafaxine became problematic) with suicidal ideation caused. 

2014: Adverse reaction to one prozac pill which I tried to begin taking in order to stabilise the withdrawal and actually made it horrendously worse. My body & brain went on fire two hours after taking the pill and severe WD began.

Spring 2014: CEASED ALL ANTIDEPRESSANTS. Did take occasional lorazepam (two weeks at first followed by the occasional half tablet at night sometimes.

2014: WD: living hell for five months, gradually improved a little by little for almost a year and a half but with frequent heart palpitations, weakness and anxiety and very poor sleep. Struggled to do things both physically & mentally but was improving slowly. 

2015: WD relapse with full symptoms. anxiety/panic triggered beyond initial anxiety resurgence by a couple of small half doses of Lorazepam that seem to have restarted all the WD symptoms I had in the beginning & ruined all the progress I had made. 

2017: Bad reaction to propranolol beta blockers. Nervous system kindled into violent shaking like withdrawal again. Alerting system on overdrive. 

 

Current Supplements: Omega 3 & Vitamin C, magnesium, potassium, pre/probiotics, brewer's yeast. 

 

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Tired

I’m sure this is been asked but I can’t find it, but are beta blockers OK? will they make symptoms worse?

 My heart thumps and races because of wd, stops me from sleeping, but I don’t want to make wd worse. 


benzos 2 mg from 2013-2015

tapered 2015-2017

put on 45 mg remeron 2013. -2015

to counterac the benzos, roller coaster of symptoms july 1 2017-

sept 15/2017 tapered remeron, too fast. Had to reinstate to 7.5 unbarable syptoms. Going slow this time, live and learn. 

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chrona

I think they can be helpful and not hard to drop when no longer needed.

 


many years ago given sinequan for depression bad reaction so tiny dose of meleril to balance... quit after a year or so c/t

years pass no drugs

reg doc had me try all of the  a/d bc of upset due to divorce.  couldn't handle any.  took klonopin to sleep .5 mg  2003

taper klonopin

hooked on tramadol accidentally. 2006-2008 husband had migraines and took them like candy. so i became dependent too.  c/t  2008

diagnosis of porphyria after years of symptoms,  then toxic event made me really ill.

 

gabapentin 300mg every 3 hours , 6x day.

propranolol   180 mg  6x / day

since 2012

clonazepam prescribed as 1 mg / day  but beginning to take more to deal with withdrawals and sleeplessness

 

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Tired

Thanks 


benzos 2 mg from 2013-2015

tapered 2015-2017

put on 45 mg remeron 2013. -2015

to counterac the benzos, roller coaster of symptoms july 1 2017-

sept 15/2017 tapered remeron, too fast. Had to reinstate to 7.5 unbarable syptoms. Going slow this time, live and learn. 

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PabloHoney825

Hi Tired,

 

I'm going through the adrenaline surges and panic after stopping Mirtazapine. I had normal BP before this and was give both Atenolol and Metroprolol because of the BP spikes. I'd hate to cause paradoxical reactions or make anything worse. Did you use any Beta Blockers to help you through this and if so did they or do they help you? 


1990s-early 2000s: On and off different AD medicines like Paxil, Zoloft, Prozac, and Lexapro.

2004: Klonopin .75-1 mg a day for anxiety.

2012: Started micro-taper off Klonopin. Used Benadryl or Doxylamine for sleep nightly. Melatonin. Ate clean and did exercise.

2014: Finished micro-taper with very little PAWS. No more Klonopin.  Started fish oil, probiotics, vitamins, and curcumin.  

November 2016: ADHD medicines: Vyvanse (60 mg), Dexedrine (15 mg), Adderall (15 mg), Desoxyn (20 mg) at various times, not at once.

March 2017: Mirtazapine 7.5 mg but immediately went up to 15 mg but then back down to 12, then 7.5 mg. For insomnia, not for depression. Melatonin too.

November 2017: Dropped to 3.75 mg Mirtazapine and eventually started taking it every other day or so.

 February 2018: Stopped 3.75 Mirtazapine after ER visit. Stabilized on Klonopin .125 mg as prepare to micro-taper again.Also stopped melatonin after a few years of use (5-20 mg a night). 

February 2019: One year later: The worst is over. Far from back to normal but 24/7 dread and fear adrenaline surges and suicidal ideation are done. Still anxiety, parasthesia, dysuatonomia, tinnitus, and minor insomnia but I'm also a year into my Klonopin taper down to .016 so much of this could be to that. I still have occasional feelings of unease (serotonin) but it's much better than 24/7 doom. I will have a success story and so will you! 

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Bunyapine

I am asking for some advice on beta blockers. In 2015 psychiatrist brought me down too fast from 40mg to 10mg Prozac. It took 4 or 5  months for withdrawal symptoms to set in. The most prominent of these was internal tremors. At the end of 2017 I felt I could do another reduction of 1mg, but had to reinstate .5mg. Then I moved from generic Prozac to pure Prozac powder,  which probably destabilised me again. My internal tremors increased again, but after 4 months I have had severe anxiety and ocd, which was not a big problem previously.  Now the internal tremors are made worse by the extreme anxiety and ocd. I know beta blockers will not help with the mental parts of the problem, but I was wondering if they would help a little with the physical symptoms.  I certainly do not want to destabilise my system anymore, so I will not do it if it will be a problem. I certainly don’t want to feel worse than I already do! Are there problems with withdrawal from beta blockers? 


1987 Anafranil

1987-1989 Prothiaden

1990-Jan 2015 Prozac 40mg Feb-Mar Prozac 30mg Ap-Nov Prozac 20mg (+10mg Zoloft for 1 week in Sept) Dec Prozac 10mg 2016 Jan-2017 Oct Prozac 15mg  Nov Prozac 14mg  Nov Prozac14.5mg

Other drugs Humira and Methotrexate for rheumatoid arthritisSupplements :Magnesium and calcium.Folic acid 5mg.

Inderal 10mg (stopped 2018 Dec).        

2018 Nov Quetiapine fumarate 25mg Dec 150-125mg 2019Jan 125-25mg Feb 25-12.5mg

2018 Dec Sertra 25-150-125mg

2018 Dec Pregabalin 75-150mg                                                                                                  

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ChessieCat
1 hour ago, Bunyapine said:

Are there problems with withdrawal from beta blockers? 

 

See:  Tapering Alpha Blockers or Beta Blockers


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Pristiq:  50mg 2012, 100mg beg 2013 (Serotonin Toxicity)  Tapering Oct 2015  Current from 14 Nov 2020:  Pristiq 0.50 mg

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Bunyapine

@ ChessieCat I am still wondering about beta blockers for extreme anxiety. I am using other methods to help my anxiety and ocd, but they are not helping much. I want to know about the use of beta blockers(a very small dose)

as I definitely do not want to use Valium or any of those drugs.

 

 

 

 


1987 Anafranil

1987-1989 Prothiaden

1990-Jan 2015 Prozac 40mg Feb-Mar Prozac 30mg Ap-Nov Prozac 20mg (+10mg Zoloft for 1 week in Sept) Dec Prozac 10mg 2016 Jan-2017 Oct Prozac 15mg  Nov Prozac 14mg  Nov Prozac14.5mg

Other drugs Humira and Methotrexate for rheumatoid arthritisSupplements :Magnesium and calcium.Folic acid 5mg.

Inderal 10mg (stopped 2018 Dec).        

2018 Nov Quetiapine fumarate 25mg Dec 150-125mg 2019Jan 125-25mg Feb 25-12.5mg

2018 Dec Sertra 25-150-125mg

2018 Dec Pregabalin 75-150mg                                                                                                  

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Rbvdk

Hi, my doctor gave me propanolol to help with my anxiety and PGAD (I think). He said take it whenever I feel anxious/panicky but I don't have to take it every day/consistently, is that ok to do? He said we only have beta receptors in the brain and bladder and it doesn't effrect hormones like SSRIs do (when I was telling him about long-term withdrawals). I'm planning to only take 10mg when I'm panicky, I know it's not much but I'm too afraid to go higher.


5.14: Took Paxil (??mg) for a week or 2 but came off cold turkey

8.14: Started Citalopram (10mg) / 8?.14: Quickly upped to 20mg  / 9?.15: upped to 30mg

8.16: Tapered off Citalopram in less than 2 weeks / 9.16: straight back on 20mg for just a week then stopped cold turkey

7.12.16: Took Amitriptyline 10mg for just 2 days then stopped cold turkey

14.12.16: reinstated 5mg of Citalopram / 1?.16: 10mg Citalopram / ?.16: 20mg Citalopram

8.2.18: 15mg Citalopram / 8.3.18: 10mg / 8.4.18: 5mg / 12?.5.18: 2.5mg / 19.5.18: 0

7.6.19: 3 drops of Staphysagria from homeopathy (to take for 2 weeks, then 6 drops for the next 2 weeks)

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Wellbutrinsucks

Is it a bad idea to take propranolol for muscle twitches? I think my neurologist thinks that this twitching is caused by anxiety and wants me to try it. I was previously on propranolol for a few months during which the twitching started.


March 2016: Strattera

June 2016: Nothing

October 2016-April 2017:Wellbutrin SR

Mid-March 2017-March 2017 Adderall (9 days)

April 2017: Wellbutrin and Ritalin (7 days)

Mid-April to mid-June: nothing 

early June 2017: Wellbutrin XL

mid-June 2017: Wellbutrin XL, Adderall, and Hydrochlorothiazide (blood pressure); took for two days

Late August: Allegra for two days, then Propranolol

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Cressida

I took a couple of prescribed painkillers for a back injury . After two I ended up in the A&E withAtrial fibrillation  for which I was given beta blockers. The first one I was given crossed the blood brain barrier and had dreadful  symptoms coming off changed to one that doesn’t cross blood brain barrier so whilst still getting the well known symptoms of BB withdrawal not the centrally mediated ones . After years off ADsmy brain is still sensitive to drugs . Avoid drugs that are lipophilic and cross blood brain barrier would be my advice 

 

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Paxil 10mg 21/2 years to June 2012 after a 2 month taper

 

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