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Questions on Venlafaxine and Propranolol...anyone familiar?

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A few months ago I was presented with Propranolol 30mgs to get anxiety under control. Had a panic attack as soon as I took it and it did nothing to calm me, if anything it made my attack last much longer than usual.

Went back to doctors a few weeks ago and he prescribed Venlafaxine, also 30mgs. Thing is I'm already on Mirtazapine 45mgs daily. I've read that going from one anti-depressant to another with no tapering can have bad side effects but the doctor says there should be no issue going from one to the other over the course of a night. He did however say that there may be a chance that my epilepsy could get worse as a result.

The whole idea seems pretty fishy to me and I'm very wary of trying out any new medication plans my doctor gives me. What are other people's experience with Propranolol and/or Venlafaxine? Does it help keep the nerves in check? Can I trust my doctor? Or am I just too insecure about my potential reactions to new medication?
 
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  • Safety Notice: This section on Psychiatric Drugs/Medications enables people to share their personal experiences of using such drugs/medications. Always seek the advice of your doctor, psychiatrist or other qualified health professional before making any changes to your medications or with any questions you may have regarding drugs/medications. In considering coming off psychiatric drugs it is very important that you are aware that most psychiatric drugs can cause withdrawal reactions, sometimes including life-threatening emotional and physical withdrawal problems. In short, it is not only dangerous to start taking psychiatric drugs, it can also be dangerous to stop them. Withdrawal from psychiatric drugs should only be done carefully under experienced clinical supervision.
 
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Meds work different for everyone so what’s right for me won’t be for you, I have 10mg propananol- I take one daily and have two more for when i feel I need them. I found it helpful for panic attacks although once my anxiety is at crisis level it always takes a good few weeks for the meds to work again good luck x
 
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I have found Propranolol useful. I take 80mg in the morning so I get the 12 hours of benefit up until the evening. If I am more anxious in the morning I double it to 160mg.

I have also been on Venlafaxine straight after a period of trying 3 other medications (trying 3/4 weeks on each) without tapering off. In my experience tapering off is when your looking to come off ADs altogether not when you are working with the doctor to find the right one for you.

The 3 I tried prior to Venlafaxine did not help and after 2 and a half weeks of Venlafaxine my depression lifted quite a bit.

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Should say, the Propranolol I use is a sustained release version meaning it's released steadily through the day rather than in the one go.

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I wonder if that may be helpful for me when my anxiety is at crisis level. Can you swap between the sustained release and fast release ones? When I’m on a good level I only really need to propananol to get through stressful situations which I’m still identifying triggers for, when my mood is low my anxiety is at critical level 24/7
 
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Venlafaxine helped my depression where other meds didn't. It may or may not work for you.
 
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I wonder if that may be helpful for me when my anxiety is at crisis level. Can you swap between the sustained release and fast release ones? When I’m on a good level I only really need to propananol to get through stressful situations which I’m still identifying triggers for, when my mood is low my anxiety is at critical level 24/7
Doctor said Propranolol can be taken whenever needed. I don't see a reason why you wouldn't be able to switch.
 
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