This article examines the rising issue of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and possible treatment options. PTSD is a behavioral disorder resulting from memory formation and association with a traumatic event. A search of the published literature reveals several positive studies and case reports suggesting that propranolol, a beta adrenergic receptor antagonist, may be useful for both treatment and prevention of PTSD. Additionally, current studies are being completed in different population groups to determine the overall effectiveness and mechanism by which propranolol is able to provide relief from certain symptoms common to the disorder. This article discusses the medical evidence and possible treatment role of propranolol for patients suffering from PTSD.
Peterman TM, Huet AL, Drake SE, Drees JL, Raiff RD, Martin BS. The Use of Propranolol in the Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. PAW Review. 2010 May 01; 1(1):Article 8 18-19 . Available from: https://digitalcommons.onu.edu/paw_review/vol1/iss1/8.