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Quote from julia_girl:
Hi there,
anyone know of the side effects of using small dosages of beta blockers for anxiety relief? I have an intense fear of public speaking that I cannot seem to lose. Meditation, natural supplements, etc. have not worked. I do not have any anxiety except for this, so I only need it occasionally. It is starting to affect my career choices etc because I am always avoiding it and cant anymore. I think I worry more about my voice shaking etc than the actual presentation.
Thanks for any advice!


Beta Blockers (IE: Metoprolol, Atenolol, Propranolol) are not FDA approved to be given for the relief of anxiety.

The list of complications and side effects for Beta Blockers is long. The following are the list of side effects that have been reported with all of the various Beta Blocker Medications; that is not to say that all are present for each medication, just that these are the side effects for the entire catagory. Some Beta Blockers might have more or less of the below than others:

Side Effects and Adverse Reactions
agranulocytosis
alopecia
angina
arthralgias
asthenia
AV block
bronchospasm
cardiac arrest
depression
diaphoresis
diarrhea
dizziness
dyspepsia
dyspnea
edema
ejaculation dysfunction
elevated hepatic enzymes
exfoliative dermatitis
fatigue
hallucinations
headache
heart failure
hepatic necrosis
hyperglycemia
hypoglycemia
hypotension
impotence
insomnia
jaundice
lacrimation
libido decrease
myalgia
nausea/vomiting
nightmares
ocular irritation
orthostatic hypotension
paresthesias
peripheral vasoconstriction
peripheral edema
pharyngitis
priapism
pruritus
QT prolongation
sinus bradycardia
skin hyperpigmentation
syncope
torsade de pointes
urinary retention
ventricular fibrillation
ventricular tachycardia
wheezing
xerosis

If you have anxiety over public speaking (social anxiety disorder), speak to your doctor about Paxil. It's FDA approved for exactly that.