• Use of beta=blockers for anxiety, summary.
    Advice for patients

    Beta-blockers for anxiety: WHICH beta-blocker to use?

    World Health Organisation (WHO) defines anxiety disorders as a group of mental conditions characterised by a feeling of fear and anxiety (WHO, 2017). Some common forms of anxiety include generalised anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Pharmacological management of anxiety disorders involves the use of antidepressants, such as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) or a serotonin–noradrenaline reuptake inhibitor (SNRI). NICE guidelines on the management of generalised anxiety disorder and panic disorder in adults does not mention the use of beta-blockers, although it is known that beta-blockers may elevate the symptoms of anxiety. In this post, I will discuss the use of beta-blockers for anxiety,…