Which beta blocker is best for anxiety?

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Which beta blocker is best for anxiety?

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answered Jun 7 by Kaitlyn (7,790 points)
The best beta blocker for treating anxiety is Metoprolol.

Metoprolol is a type of medicine called a beta blocker.

Like other beta blockers, metoprolol works by changing the way your body responds to some nerve impulses, especially in the heart.

It slows down your heart rate and makes it easier for your heart to pump blood around your body.

The difference between an ACE Inhibitor and a Beta Blocker is that Beta-blockers treat many of the same conditions as ACE inhibitors, including high blood pressure, chronic heart failure, and stroke.

Both types of medications also prevent migraines however unlike ACE inhibitors, beta-blockers can help relieve angina (chest pain) and ACE Inhibitors cannot.

An example of an ACE Inhibitor is Lisinopril and Benazepril (Lotensin).

There are several different drugs or medicines that are ACE Inhibitors.

Many of the medicines with different names are the same drugs or medicines but just a different brand name.

Some examples of drugs that are ACE Inhibitor are.

Benazepril (Lotensin)


Enalapril (Vasotec)


Lisinopril (Prinivil, Zestril)



Quinapril (Accupril)

ACE Inhibitors work to lower your blood pressure by relaxing your veins and arteries to lower your blood pressure.

ACE inhibitors prevent an enzyme in your body from producing angiotensin II, a substance that narrows your blood vessels.

This narrowing can cause high blood pressure and force your heart to work harder.

For some people an ACE Inhibitor is better than a Beta Blocker.

And for other people the Beta Blocker can be better than an ACE Inhibitor.

Physicians have many choices of medications to treat high blood pressure.

Beta-blockers and diuretics have been demonstrated to reduce the risk of complications associated with long standing hypertension (high blood pressure) more than other classes of drugs.

Furthermore, the side effects are generally minimal when used in ideal patient candidates. (Beta blockers might not be tolerated by persons with asthma, congestive heart failure, depression, or underlying fatigue.)

Beta blocker drugs, such as propranolol, can be especially helpful in patients with high blood pressure that is associated with coronary artery disease or abnormal heart rhythms (such as tachycardia).

However, in patients with certain co-existing conditions, other classes of medications may be preferred.

ACE inhibitors, for example, have protective effects for the kidney in persons with diabetes or in persons with early kidney damage. In persons with congestive heart failure, ACE inhibitors may prolong survival.

There is some evidence that persons with a condition called left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH), ACE inhibitors may be more effective than other classes of medications.

LVH is a condition in which the largest muscular part of the heart has expanded, a direct result of the strain of having to beat against a high pressure. LVH is associated with an increased risk of heart disease.

Also, ACE inhibitors are the blood pressure medication of choice in persons with scleroderma, a disease which can be associated with severe blood pressure elevation and kidney failure.

The people that should not take ACE Inhibitors are people who have ever had a severe allergic reaction that caused their tongue and lips to swell, even if it was from a bee sting.

For most other people ACE Inhibitors are safe to take.

ACE Inhibitors can cause weight gain in some people as some people who are using ACE Inhibitors experience an increase in appetite which is what causes the weight gain.

Then again some people on ACE Inhibitors experience the opposite and may have less of an appetite which could also aid in weight loss.

An ACE Inhibitor cough usually takes between 3 months to 4 months to fully go away.

Some people who have a cough when taking ACE Inhibitors may see the cough go away within a month or two but most ACE Inhibitor coughs take 4 months to fully go away.

ACE Inhibitors work slowly and are not fast working as it can take a month or two for the ACE Inhibitors to begin working in your body.

Ace Inhibitors also known as "Angiotensin-converting-enzyme inhibitors" are a class of medication that is used primarily for the treatment of high blood pressure and heart failure.

The ACE Inhibitors work by causing relaxation of blood vessels as well as a decrease in blood volume, which leads to lower blood pressure and decreased oxygen demand from the heart.

When you begin taking ACE Inhibitors it can take a few months before you notice a good improvement in your symptoms.

Most times ACE Inhibitors do not work immediately and can take a few months to notice results.

So if you don't notice results immediately when taking ACE Inhibitors then there's nothing to worry about.

ACE Inhibitors also sometimes work faster on younger people than they do on older people but it can vary.

If you don't notice results within 4 months of taking the ACE Inhibitors then you should speak with your doctor.

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