Beta Blockers

I am on 40 mg of propanolol for hand tremors, not bp.  My docs reassure me that this amount is small, and with a PM will not affect my heart rate.  While it has been effective in reducing my hand tremors, I do worry about it affecting my HR.

I am on a single lead Accolade and 100% paced.




Beta blockers

by AgentX86 - 2022-05-13 13:23:03

If it's helping your tremors, great! Don't worry about your heart rate. That's what you have a pacemaker for. It won't let your heart rate fall.

Beta Blockers

by Marybird - 2022-05-13 16:45:04

I take a moderately high dose of a beta blocker ( 150 mg/day metoprolol), as well as a calcium channel blocker ( diltiazem- 360 mg/day) and though without the pacemaker, my heart rate would be circling the drain, with the pacemaker my heart rate is right where it needs to be for nearly any activity I undertake. Your pacemaker will do the same for your heart. No worries!

Essential Tremor

by Persephone - 2022-05-13 19:06:32

I've had a hand tremor since age 16 (at least) and always thought I needed to "toughen up". Didn't realize it was a diagnostic condition until very recently and haven't sought direct treatment. At any rate, I use low-dose metoprolol for an "anti-anxiety" treatment, have a pacemaker, and it all is working OK together. Best wishes to you - you deserve to have some respite from this condition.


by AgentX86 - 2022-05-14 00:19:52

I forgot to add, beta blockers are given to snipers to calm their nerves and reduce tremors. It works so well that they're banned substances for competitive shooting events.


by TAC - 2022-05-14 13:20:47

The only possible side-effect of propanolol on your heart beat is bradycardia. The PM will protect you against it. Really, 40 mg of propanolol is a small dose to cause cardiovascular problems.

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