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How Can I Lower My Anxiety, Heart Rate?

By    |   Monday, 15 Sep 2014 10:09 AM

Question: My resting heart rate every time I wake up in the morning is 85-95 beats per minute. It used to be lower, but after I suffered from anxiety that led to panic attack four months ago it increased and has not dropped. My doctor prescribed me with metoprolol. I stop taking it a month ago, now every time I wake up in the morning, I experience increase heart rate, headache, tightness in my head, chest pain, and sometimes numbness on my hands. What's happening to me Doctor?
 
Dr. Hibberd's answer:
 
You are very anxious to say the least, but you have good reasons to be. Metoprolol helps by blocking rapid heart rates, but a sister drug to metoprolol, called Inderal calms anxiety, as well as gently blocking higher-than-normal heart rates.
 
Ask your doctor to start you on a low dose of Inderal (short acting) three or four times a day, to start and adjust your dosage as your symptoms ease. Once the effect desired is reached, you can convert to a sustained-release version.
 
You should also check with your doctor to be sure there are no other reasons for your elevated rates, such as anemia, hyperthyroidism, an electrolyte disorder, diabetes, or bipolar disorder.
 

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