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Propranolol tablets to help control anxiety are available from our UK registered online doctor service. Suffering anxiety can be a traumatic experience. It can present itself at critical moments in life, such as a driving test or final exam. At Simple Online Pharmacy, our UK online doctor service allows us to prescribe treatment that helps stop an escalation in your nerves if you have previously suffered from situational anxiety.

The main prescription treatment available for this type of anxiety is Propranolol. You can request Propranolol after filling out an online assessment. No prescription is required, as our doctors will generate this once they have approved your assessment. 

Once you have completed the online doctor consultation, our doctor will review your assessment and decide which medication to prescribe if it is appropriate. Our pharmacy will then dispense and deliver your prescription to your door.

Anxiety Treatments

Anxiety treatment options


    What is anxiety?

    Anxiety is a feeling of being worried, tense or afraid. People often feel anxious about things that are about to happen or things that they think are about to happen. 

    Everyone will have anxious feelings during their lifetime. Feeling anxious is a natural human response when we feel under threat and it is beneficial in some circumstances. It is common to feel anxious before stressful events like exams or moving house.

    Anxiety can become a problem if it has an impact on a person’s life. It might be a problem if:

    • Anxious feelings persist for a long time or seem constant
    • Anxious feelings are very strong or are out of proportion to the situation
    • You find it hard to control your worries
    • You avoid situations that make you feel anxious (such as social situations)
    • Anxious feelings impact your daily life

    Anxiety disorders are mental health conditions that have anxiety as the main symptom. Anxiety disorders are the most common type of psychiatric disorders. They include:

    GAD is a long-term condition that causes anxious feelings about a wide range of problems or situations. It is less specific than other anxiety disorders like phobias.

    A survey from 2007 estimated that GAD affects 4.4% of adults in England. This number is likely higher because GAD can be hard to diagnose.

    GAD is most common in people aged between 35 and 55 years of age. It is more common in women than men.


    Causes of anxiety

    The exact cause of GAD is unknown but scientists think there are a number of factors involved:

    • An imbalance in a number of brain chemicals like dopamine, serotonin and noradrenaline
    • Genetic factors
    • Stressful or traumatic experiences such as domestic violence, child abuse and unemployment
    • Drug or alcohol abuse
    • Long term illnesses and/or painful illnesses such as arthritis


    Treatment of anxiety

    Psychological Therapies

    Psychological therapies can be offered to help treat anxiety disorders. Applied relaxation and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) are examples of these therapies available on the NHS. These are usually the first treatment option and can be effective at treating symptoms. 

    In England, people can refer themselves for psychological therapies without a GP referral. This NHS page gives more information on local services for people with a mental illness.

    CBT helps a person examine their negative thoughts and how these contribute to their symptoms. It also helps them to understand their behaviour in anxious situations.

    Psychological therapies are used alone or alongside medication.

    The Scottish NHS website has a useful self-help guide that uses principles of CBT to help with anxiety. This may be a good first step for people who do not want to do CBT in person.


    Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are generally the first treatment prescribed for people with GAD. They are also used to treat other conditions like depression.

    SSRIs help with the psychological symptoms of GAD. 

    One issue with SSRIs is they can take several weeks to start working. Common side effects include headaches and nausea. 

    Sertraline, escitalopram and paroxetine are examples of SSRIs.

    Other treatments that can be used if SSRIs do not work:

    • Pregabalin (a medication commonly used for epilepsy)
    • Serotonin and noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) like duloxetine or venlafaxine
    • Benzodiazepines like diazepam or temazepam (only used short-term in very severe anxiety)

    Another medication used to treat anxiety is propranolol. Propranolol is useful to treat some of the physical symptoms such as palpitations and sweating. Some people may find their physical symptoms are severe or worsen their psychological symptoms. 

    Our doctors are able to prescribe propranolol on our website. Our propranolol page contains more information.

    Lifestyle changes and self-help

    Some lifestyle changes may help people living with anxiety. These include:


    Symptoms of anxiety

    GAD can cause both psychological and physical symptoms. The psychological symptoms include:

    • Restlessness/nervousness
    • Irritability
    • Consistent feelings of fear/dread
    • Difficulty concentrating
    • Difficulty controlling day-to-day worries
    • Trouble relaxing
    • Becoming fatigued easily

    Physical symptoms of anxiety include:

    • Strong, fast or irregular heart beats (palpitations)
    • Sweating
    • Shaking or trembling
    • A feeling of tightness in the chest
    • Headaches
    • Muscle tension
    • Back pain
    • Insomnia
    • Teeth grinding (especially at night)

    Symptoms can be different for different people. Sometimes people find it easier to recognise they are suffering from the physical symptoms. The psychological symptoms may be harder to recognise or articulate.

    People who suffer from anxiety may also suffer from depression at the same time.

    The NHS website has more information on the symptoms of other disorders such as panic disorder, phobias and social anxiety disorder.


    Anxiety FAQ

    What causes anxiety?

    The exact cause is not known but it is thought to be a combination of reasons. Some of these are: an imbalance in brain chemicals, traumatic events and drug or alcohol abuse.

    What can anxiety do to your body?

    People with anxiety can have physical symptoms. Examples of these are: a fast heart beat, sweating, shaking and tightness or pain in the chest.

    How do you know if you have anxiety?

    People can find it hard to know if they suffer from anxiety or not. A good way to find out is to read about anxiety and see if some of the symptoms apply to you. Discussing how you feel with your GP will help them give you the right diagnosis.

    Can anxiety kill you?

    Panic attacks can be very scary but they can not kill you. Remembering this can sometimes help with panic attacks.

    How long can anxiety last? 

    Symptoms of a panic attack often reach their peak before 10 minutes before gradually improving. People who suffer from GAD suffer from feelings of anxiety over a longer period of time. This can be months or years. Some people struggle to remember the last time they were relaxed.

    How do you stop a panic attack?

    Breathing exercises can be useful for a panic attack. The Scottish NHS website has more information on this.




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