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Need advice from people who've used Xanax and/or beta-blockers.

(8 Posts)
Bulmers Tue 24-May-11 15:13:04

I will be flying on thursday and I'd rather stick pins in my eyes - I'm terrified of it!
Normally I get rat-arsed and that keeps me happy but this is such a long journey I will have the mother f***er of all hangovers if I try.

The doc has prescribed Xanax and beta-blockers. He said to start the BB's a couple of days before travel and to take the Xanax twice every day.

Now if he wants me to start BB's before I go I'm, assuming I will be able to function/drive etc. If this is the case, I can't see how it will make me un-scared on the plane.
Does anyone have any experience of how these pills work or ow they make you feel please?

Prolesworth Tue 24-May-11 15:14:26

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GollyHolightly Tue 24-May-11 15:16:37

Beta blockers won't make you feel any different at all. They stop your heart racing, which in turn stops many of the symptoms of panic such as hyperventilating/sweating. That's how they work, they trick your mind into feeling more relaxed because you're not having the physical effects of panic.

GollyHolightly Tue 24-May-11 15:17:13

Just to add, beta blockers are often prescribed for people very nervous of their driving test, so don't worry about driving! grin

Bulmers Tue 24-May-11 16:01:51

Thanks Ladies. Are they likely to stop the stomach-churning fear I feel whenever the plane hits a bump?
And what about alcohol, must I avoid?


GollyHolightly Tue 24-May-11 16:44:39

They might not stop the immediate fear of turbulence but they will stop it turning into a long drawn out thing (body will not respond as it usually does to the fear stimuli). Drinking is ok on beta blockers - it's probably not a good idea to get completely shitfaced, but when is that ever a good idea? wink

Bulmers Tue 24-May-11 16:51:48

Thank you, thank you!

I thought that if the pills didn't work then Plan b (alcohol) would already be ruled out. At least I can still have a glass of wine with my meal without worrying too much.
I'll see how I go on Thursday. If it doesn't work on the way out I can revert to type on the way back wink

chilligarlic Wed 12-Oct-11 17:30:20


How did it go? Am in the same boat! Have pm'ed you bulmers

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