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I have recently been diagnosed with benign fasciculation syndrome. I a

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I have recently been diagnosed with benign fasciculation syndrome. I am unable to take Carbamazepine as I have an allele which would cause a severe reaction. My neurologist gave me Metoprolol 50mg instead. I just want to know what the Beta Blocker is supposed to do by way of controlling the fasciculations?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Neurology
Expert:  Dr. Rick, MD replied 1 year ago.
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No I don't really have other medical problems, and am only taking finasteride for hairloss
Expert:  Dr. Rick, MD replied 1 year ago.
Thank you for that additional information.
While o drugs, supplements, diet, exercise, etc have been found that completely control the symptoms the use of beta blockers have been very helpful for many patients.
Beta blockers work by blocking the effects of epinephrine which is also called adrenaline. By doing this the muscles are less prone to twitch. The complete mechanism is not well known as it applies to BFS....but it is known to work.
Does this make sense to you?
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