Stopping taking propranolol 10mg suddenly? help please!

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I used to have severe anxiety attacks and I've been on 10mg of propranol once a day for the last 4 months (plus xanax in the first few weeks). recently i feel like being recovered and not needing propranolol anymore. but I've heard that if you stop taking these pills suddenly you may put your heart at the risk of heart attack (i skipped taking it few times but i guess it kind of triggered panic attacks for me). anyway, since this dosage seems low is it ok if i dont take them from now on suddenly? 

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    Hi, I would so NOT recommend STOPPING without TAPERING! I was on a lower dosage (less than 3 mg/day) and I had pounding heart palpitations that were overwhelming me at work. It was very distressing because it had absolutely nothing to do with anxiety (happened when sitting calmly, randomly). Please do yourself a favor, and avoid withdrawals to your brain. I learned the hard way that all of these types of meds (I also quit Xanax over 4 months tapering, as I also hit hard quitting cold was a nightmare)... these meds ALL affect your BRAIN... With Xanax, for example, I learned that the med made my brain stop making GABA naturally (needed to function)...because the xanax replaces the GABA. Pretty serious stuff here with withdrawals.

      I wanted to respond to you because you sound just like me, worried and trying to make a decision soon. Trust me, you need to taper down Propanolol GRADUALLY... I tapered around 1 mg every week at first. Then when I gave my brain 2 weeks (like the doctor told me to), I stopped having withdrawals. It takes your brain 10 to 14 days maximum to 're-adjust' to its own natural chemicals. Take care. Melody

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      Hi I was wondering if u could help me I took one 80mg slow release of propranolol yesterday for the first time and didn't like the side effects it gave me so I haven't taken one today is it ok to stop if I've only taken the one? Thank you

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    This is confusing as I have read the other replies you have received. My doctor told me to take these only when I need to. As in take them over a stressful period and stop when you feel less stressed. He also told me that I could take up to 40mg three times a day if I needed to. I managed on 10mg x 3 daily. I really was suffering with the stress, I couldn't work and had moved back in with my parents, I'm 39 with children. This dosage worked for me and after two weeks I moved back home. about a month of continuous 10mg three times a day I went back to the doctor who said. Do not take another until the anxiety returns to the point I need to take one. No withdrawals and although the anxiety has come back a little from time to time I've resisted taking the tablet. I find it very reassuring that the tablets are there if I need them but I have been told it's perfectly ok to take for a period, then not take, then take again if needed. As and when so to speak. One day but not the next, for as long as I feel the need to take them then stop. My doctirs is a group practice and I have seen probably five doctors about my stress anxiety and these tablets. They all said the same. Hope this is helpful any replies from anyone more than welcome. I would like to hear from others who take them as and when needed.

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