Sufferers of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome may finally be able to find relief with a drug already being used to treat chest pains and other heart problems. A new study shows that the drug Propanolol inhibits the completion of the formation of a memory. If a memory is related to a traumatic or depressing experience, the drug may aid in weakening the memory so that it is not so haunting to the victim and is less effective in causing future worries or problems that Post Traumatic Stress can, making everyday life for these victims much easier.
Proparanolol is effective in this case because it inhibits the production of adrenaline, which is the ingredient that solidifies a memory. The drug acts as a shield to keep adrenaline from getting in. Sometimes labeled under the brand name, Inderal, Proparanolol was developed in the 1950’s as a treatment for hypertension. It has since been used to treat chest pain, also known as angina, high blood pressure, irregular heartbeats, migraine headaches, tremors, and can be used after an acute heart attack to improve survival. Lowering high blood pressure helps prevent strokes, heart attacks and kidney problems. It is a pill taken by mouth and can cause users to experience dizziness, lightheadedness, drowsiness, tiredness, diarrhea, unusual dreams, trouble sleeping, or vision problems as thier body adjusts to the medication. More serious symptoms include a very slow heartbeat, bluish discoloration of the fingers and toes, numbness, tingling, or swelling of the hands or feet, decreased sexual ability, hair loss, mood changes, trouble breathing, cough, unexplained or sudden weight gain, increased thirst, and increased urination.
Of course, this medication is still being tested on stress victims, but they are also finding new uses for the drug, such as lowering the fear of stage fright. If a heart medication can do wonders for those suffering with mental disorders, it can cause one to wonder what other medications are sitting in pharmacies that can be used for purposes other than what they have been developed for.

For more information on this study and the uses of propranolol, visit http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/252055/wonder_drug_may_ease_painful_memories.html and http://www.medicinenet.com/propranolol-oral/.

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