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My doctor gave me 10 mg of propranolol for anxiety and she said it was ok to take with my bp. My bp ranges from 95/70 to sometimes 102/70 when my anxiety gets up. My pulse is usually around 75 resting and once I get up and my heart palpitations are bothering me at 75 beats per minute and I feel like I need to get up and move around which is like an akathesia feeling, my heart rate will go over 100, usually 104 -110 when I have to get up and walk around. Should I take 5mg or 2.5 mg just to see how it does since my bp can run low and my resting heart rate is 95/75 - 90/70? I have the sweaty palms and headache also during these times. My Paxil is not working anymore and it's causing this anxiety.

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    hi tonia, i say go ahead and use the 10mg once or twice or even three times a day.  it took me time to feel comfortable about taking it but it really eased my anxiety symptoms.
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      What about your blood pressure? What was your bp range before you started taking it?

      Thanks for replying neh77843

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      can't remember figures but my blood pressure has been "normal" throughout the whole process.  a low dose with the 10mg is unlikely to have a huge effect on any vital stats i think.
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      the usual, as far as i have read about these meds: heart rate became more stable, hands and feet a bit colder than before.  generally most of my anxiety physical symptoms became much easier to deal with.  i think the meds affected my mood, i would feel low more often, but nothing extreme.  to be perfectly honest i think i worried about the  effects of the meds more than the meds actually caused me trouble.  i used 2x 10mg for about 6 months and have recently quit them very slowly over 2 weeks.  feeling fine now, still dealing with anxiety symptoms but i now understand my condition more than before, when these weird unsettling symptoms would constantly spark my worry.   i am finding everything feels a lot better now and i am very grateful for having had those meds to hand when i felt i needed them.  from what i read though, the mindfulness experiences seem to be the most powerful technique - but first we need to calm ourselves down enough to think rationally and carry out a disciplined routine.

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