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Old 08-18-2006, 11:33 PM   #1
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Beta Blockers and ADD...

Do Betablockers affect ADD? I recently started Toprol XL 50mg for blood pressure, and was curious whether it could help or hinder my ADD. Thanks.

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Old 09-09-2006, 10:54 AM   #2
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Re: Beta Blockers and ADD...

I've been on Toprol XL for about 2 years and have ADHD. I can't take anything for the ADHD- certainly not stimulants, (Adderall was great for the few months I took it,) and Strattera didn't do anything but have side-effects.
I don't think I'm any different because of Toprol, at least regarding my ADHD.

Old 02-28-2007, 12:11 AM   #3
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Re: Beta Blockers and ADD...

I don't know whether the Toprol did something for my ADD or not. It would be interesting to know whether beta-blockers could help ADD/ADHD given that they have a "calming" effect.

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Re: Beta Blockers and ADD...

According to Dr. Amen, blood pressure meds, have been found to help hyperactivity, agressiveness, and impulsivity. They do nothing in the way of helping attention issues.

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Re: Beta Blockers and ADD...

I've been on a beta blocker called Atenolol for years, and started Daytrana in Feb. 07. No noticeable problems; I do think beta-blockers have a calming effect - in fact, I've known docs who prescribe Atenolol temporarily for people withdrawing from drugs who have panic attacks.

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