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 RE: Stage fright-to merry and becky
Author: Phillip Chance, M.D. 
Date:   1999-08-20 23:15

I completely agree with Greg's advice. As a former clarinetist, turned neurologist I can say that the beta blockers (e.g. propranolol, etc.)are very helpful and can actually help you "de-learn" the fear response (tachycardia, sweating, dry mouth, etc.). While I never used them while playing clarint, I found them very helpful with overcoming anxiety associated with giving talks. Don't let anyone suggest that their use to help you deal with the fear response is any sort of cop-out. It isn't. We differ in our physiological responses to fearful situations. Some of us are more like Jack Russell terriers, while others are more like a Labrador retriever. Beta blockers can be contraindicated in asthmatics. If this is the case be sure to mention it to your doctor. Otherwise they're pretty safe and would not be expected to have side effects at the occassional low dose needed to deal with stage fright. Good luck! Phillip

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