Pharmacology - ALPHA & BETA BLOCKERS - ADRENERGIC ANTAGONISTS ( MADE EASY)
Keep your outward cool when deadlines and work stresses are causing all around you to crack up.
What does it do?
In low doses, beta-blockers can help treat the symptoms of social anxiety, such as palpitations, sweating and shakiness. In other words, if you're petrified of giving a presentation, beta-blockers can help you look cool and collected instead of panicky.
Beta-blockers are most commonly used to treat heart conditions such as high blood pressure, arrhythmia, angina and to protect the heart after cardiac arrest. (Research in theJournal of American College of Cardiologyin 2008 showed that they did this by lowering your heart rate.) The very useful side effect of that is to help reduce feelings of anxiety by preventing your pulse from racing when the pressure is on. Be warned, this is not the drug to overdo: high doses will lower blood pressure which could in turn lead to problems performing in the sack.
Are they legal?
Yes, but they must be prescribed by a doctor.
How do I get them?
You need to see your GP, who can prescribe them for anxiety as well as heart conditions.
What’s the bottom line?
"Beta blockers can be prescribed to decrease the symptoms of social anxiety, but they won't do anything for the underlying cause," says Dr Catti Moss. Don't be tempted to go ‘off-menu' and buy beta-blockers online. As they mess with your blood pressure, you can experience dizziness, breathlessness and erectile dysfunction if you take them without medical advice.
Video: How do beta blockers work?
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