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Beta-blockers are medicines often
used to treat
high blood pressure. The are also used to treat fast or irregular heart
rates. Examples are atenolol and propranolol.
Beta-blockers may be used to treat people with mental health
disorders, such as social anxiety disorder or
schizophrenia. That's because they can prevent certain
physical symptoms of anxiety. These symptoms include fast heart rate and
tremors of the hands. Beta-blockers are also used to treat the
tremors and restlessness that are common side effects linked with
antipsychotics and mood stabilizers. These are medicines used to treat
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerLisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry
Current as ofNovember 14, 2014
Current as of:
November 14, 2014
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Lisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry
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