A Report by the beta blocker study committee of FLUTE: Karla Harby, freelance writer and amateur flutist Kathrin Kucharski, clinical pharmacist and amateur flutist Sarah Tuck (committee chair), professional flutist Julia Vasquez, professional flutist Beta blockers have been called "the musicians underground drug." Often musicians form their opinions, and may risk their health, based on locker-room-type information. Performance anxiety can be a deeply personal subject for musicians, and many are reluctant to discuss all the possible remedies. It is our intention to bring this subject into the open, and to provide accurate information to inform personal opinions and decisions. Beta blockers are drugs that act on “beta receptors” within tissues of the sympathetic nervous system to inhibit stimulatory hormones such as epinephrine and norepinephrine. Medically they are utilized primarily to help manage cardiac arrhythmias, prevent heart attacks, and reduce blood pressure. The first effective beta blockers were documented in the early 1960s as a treatment for chest pain as a result of heart disease. Many regard the discovery of beta blockers as among the most significant medicinal advances of the 1900s. Although beta blockers are medically approved to help various heart problems, they are often used off-label to help individuals suffering from anxiety disorders. When a person experiences high levels of stress and/or anxiety, their sympathetic nervous system becomes activated. This leads the individual to experience many physical symptoms of anxiety such as increased heart rate, sweating, pupil contraction, and muscle tension.
Beta blockers can be helpful in the treatment of the physical symptoms of anxiety, especially social anxiety. Physicians prescribe them to control rapid heartbeat, shaking, trembling, and blushing in anxious situations for several hours. Often social anxiety symptoms are so strong that beta blockers, while helpful, cannot reduce enough of the symptoms to provide relief. Because they can lower blood pressure and slow heart rate, people diagnosed with low blood pressure or heart conditions may not be able to take them. May reduce some peripheral symptoms of anxiety, such as tachycardia and sweating, and general tension, can help control symptoms of stage fright and public-speaking fears, has few side effects. Taken occasionally, propranolol has almost no side effects. Atenolol is longer acting than propranolol and generally has fewer side effects. If taken daily, abrupt withdrawal can cause very high blood pressure. If there is no response, increase to two 50 mg tablets, taken together or divided. Not recommended for patients with asthma or any other respiratory illness that causes wheezing, or for patients with diabetes. Some people may feel a little light-headed, sleepy, short-term memory loss, unusually slow pulse, lethargy, insomnia, diarrhea, cold hands and feet, numbness and/or tingling of fingers and toes. It has less of a tendency to produce wheezing than other beta blockers. Use alcohol with caution, since alcohol can increase the sedative effect and exaggerate this drug's ability to lower blood pressure. After two weeks of 100 mg the patient should notice a marked decrease in the racing heart, trembling, blushing, and/or sweating in social situations. Beta blockers (beta-adrenoceptor blocking agents) work mainly by decreasing the activity of the heart by blocking the action of hormones like adrenaline. Beta blockers are prescription-only medicines (POMS), which means they can only be prescribed by a GP or another suitably qualified healthcare professional. Examples of commonly used beta blockers include: Your GP can advise you about which medicine to use if you're pregnant or breastfeeding. It's important not to stop taking beta blockers without seeking your GP's advice. In some cases suddenly stopping the medicine may make your condition worse. Beta blockers, including beta blocker eye drops, can interact with other medicines, altering the effects of one of the medicines. Read the patient information leaflet that comes with your medicine to check that it's safe to take with beta blockers.
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