The pros and cons associated with it


Beta blockers regulate blood pressure by helping relax the muscle tissue around blood vessels causing easier dilation and more blood flow. It also alters action of the brain neurotransmitters, such as epinephrine and norepinephrine. This causes less brain stimulation that reduces the heart rate. Furthermore, beta blockers can manage stress levels and calm down victims.


If you take beta blockers regularly for hypertension, the side effects may include diarrhea, digestive issues, bloating, and cramps. Some male patients taking them may get sexual dysfunction.

How it affects your brain/body

Research shows that beta blockers can affect the central nervous system, resulting in problems, including visual hallucination, strange and vivid dreams, and psychiatric conditions.

Why it might be a good option for certain patients compared to more common anxiety meds, etc.

Beta blockers treat numerous anxiety related symptoms, including shaking, blushing in nervous circumstances, and trembling.

Where might its place be in the future of anxiety treatment? Looking forward to your reply!

Beta blockers are promising in future because they have been proved to be safe for patients in first line therapy.

Elena Ognivtseva
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Nutritionist, Cornell University, MS

I believe that nutrition science is a wonderful helper both for the preventive improvement of health and adjunctive therapy in treatment. My goal is to help people improve their health and well-being without torturing themselves with unnecessary dietary restrictions. I am a supporter of a healthy lifestyle – I play sports, cycle, and swim in the lake all year round. With my work, I have been featured in Vice, Country Living, Harrods magazine, Daily Telegraph, Grazia, Women's Health, and other media outlets.

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