Sunday, January 13, 2013

Propranolol: Side Effects?

     I should not have to find out from a science fiction book that, attempting to treat my migraines, my doctor has given me a blood pressure medication that tends to erase stressful  memories.

     Seems to require significantly higher doses than I was prescribed.  Still, you'd think something like that would have been mentioned.

ETA: Crap!  I can't seem to remember who's President!

13 comments:

Ambulance Driver said...

Well, it's a non-selective Beta blocker, so it stands to reason that it would block the physiologic response to stress. It's the polar opposite of an adrenaline rush.

Pretty cool that it may work on stressful memories as well, though. Brain chemistry is a wonderfully complex and mysterious thing, innit?

Roberta X said...

"Wonderful," "terrifying." Um, yeah. Very much so.

docjim505 said...

I've often wondered about this sort of thing. My own experience with doctors is that they've got a pill for just about anything that ails you. That's a Good Thing(TM), but it strikes me that it must be pretty hard to keep up with all the side effects and interactions with other medications. Therefore, I suggest that your doctor might not even have known (or, at least, remembered) that this was a possible problem.

On the other hand, if I could erase memories of 10th grade gym class...

Tam said...

"Still, you'd think something like that would have been mentioned. "

It was probably pretty stressful when he did. :|

Roberta X said...

She.

Benjamin said...

Well, in all fairness memory alteration/loss is a side effect of high stress too.

And alcohol.

And being called to testify before congress.

BGM

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Anonymous said...

Roberta; I read your blog most days and very seldom comment.

However I wanted to tell you about my experience with Propranolol. I have been taking 40 mg. daily for 4 months,along with other meds, after a quintriple bypass. It affects your balance along with your memories. Keep this in mind when you are climbing ladders, and be careful.

Anonymous said...

No stress in my life..good sleep is the answer. At bed time I just take my little cocktail of chlorohydrate and ginger ale anf I'm dead to the world in 52 seconds.

Charles Pergiel said...

Can't remember who's president? Far out! Where I can get me some?

Anonymous said...

Roberta, you might doublecheck your diet while on prescription meds. There may be foods or drinks you should avoid. In my case I have to stay away from grapefruit juice.

Tam said...

"Can't remember who's president? Far out! Where I can get me some?"

And that's the internet for today, kids. Submissions are closed. :D

fillyjonk said...

I've been on it for a few months. I think what it is for me, it's not that it blocks the stressful memories so much as it makes me care about them less.

(I had a very, very bad experience with a student last spring. I remember the experience but I don't get the same jitters and rapid heartbeat I used to over it).

I also find that it cuts my stage fright when teaching and such. (Haven't tried playing piano for an audience since I've been on it, but before I took it I had a disastrous recital experience that made me swear off them forever)