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Taking propranolol for anxiety and smoking marijuana for relaxation everyday. Is it okay?

I am 24 years old, female, and just prescribed 20mg/day of Propranolol to help with my anxiety. I also enjoy partaking in casual marijuana smoking for relaxation. Is it okay to smoke a little marijuana each day while taking this beta blocker?
Asked On : Sun, 14 Apr 2013
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Psychiatrist 's  Response
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Per se, marijuana and propranol does not any interaction but,
Marijuana, even in small quantity can actually increase the anxiety on a long run and also you can become addict to it which is dangerous in itself.
You should consult qualified psychiatrist to find the reason for anxiety and should get treatement.
propranolo is used mainly for performance anxiety and not for all teh kind of anxiety.
You should go for stress management like relaxation techniques, yoga, meditation.
Hope you will be fine soon
Answered: Mon, 15 Apr 2013
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Psychiatrist Dr. Sushil Kumar Sompur's  Response
Jun 2013
Hi there ~

Marijuana is legal in many states for certain disorders like chronic pain. It is not okay to use them for recreational use due to its high index for addiction. However propranolol when appropriately titrated is helpful with anxiety as well as relaxation. You could use yoga and pranayama for relaxation. Please consult a doctor to be able to get prescription marijuana for the right reasons.

I hope this helps. Take care and have a lovely day!
Answered: Sun, 14 Apr 2013
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Internal Medicine Specialist Dr. Pankaj Malhan's  Response
In ideal world combining two active medications can lead to side effects, some times they can be severe.
most common side effects reported with this combination is anxiety, restless leg syndrome and body aches in 10-12 % of the population.
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