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As I have realized that medicines/drugs actually can help reducing blushing at a significant level, I decided to read up on it as much as possible. I have therefore gained some knowledge that I believe some will find valuable. For people only suffering with blushing at certain situations, like presentations, taking Propranolol (a beta blocker) and/or Benzodiazepines an hour before is often the solution. This is not what this thread will be about. My goal is to find the best medicines that you can take in the morning, and that last for a whole day (I will post information about different medicines in this thread, but for people interested in my own personal experience I have posted my information here: http://esfbchannel.invisionzone.com/index.php?/topic/4079-kprf-red-cheeks-questions-and-my-facial-blushing-story/). I have found that there are 3 different types of medicines you can take every day, that will reduce blushing. I will also get into natural supplements that can be helpful. You can choose to just use one og the medicines, but a combination of several might be a better option. This is because if you just use 1 medicine you might have to use a high dose to get an acceptable effect, but then the chances of getting many side effects also increase. Whereas when you take several you often do not have to take high doses. The medicines also affect the body in different ways, so different medicines may work best for different situations, and therefore a combination of several might be the best fit. When choosing a medicine make sure to pick the slow/extended release version, when available, so that it will last for a day. The side effects from the medicines are actually very similar in all medicines. Common side effects are fatigue, sexual dysfunction, etc. But every person respond somewhat differently, so you have to try for yourself. And of course the higher dose you take, and the more medicines you combine, the greater are the risks for side effects. Beta-blockers The main usage of this medicine is for people with heart problems. They work by blocking the effect of Norepinephrine, which is involved in the ”fight and flight”-mechanism. It is particularly helpful in typical “high pressured situations", like when giving a presentation. Atenolol: This is the beta blocker you should pick. It is known to last longer than propranolol, and with fewer side effects. Lowest dose is 25 mg/day, but you can increase up to 100/mg without a problem if needed (maybe even more). If you don´t respond to atenolol, there is a slow release version of propranolol available. You usually will be able to see the full effect from this medicine the same day you take it, but at least within two weeks. Antidepressants As the name indicates this is a medicines used for depression, but it is also used for panic attacks, social anxiety and general anxiety. It works by increasing the level of serotonin in the brain, and it is known to help with both blushing AND flushing. It works particularly well in “everyday blushing” when talking to people. There are so many different antidepressants available. I will list some of the once I have read to be most beneficial in curing blushing: SSRI (Top 4 – starting with the best): 1. Zoloft (Sertraline) 2. Paxil (Paroxetine) 3. Lexapro (Escitalopram) 4. Celexa (Citalopram) SNRI 1. Efexor (Venlafaxine) This is the only SNRI to consider. Buspirone (In combination with SNRI or SSRI) If you experience sexual side effects from these medicines, which is very common, one way of solving it is combining them with this drug. It is mostly prescribed for general anxiety, so the medicine by itself may also cure blushing. Mirtazapin This is one of the few antidepressants not known to give severe sexual side effects. So, if you are worried about that, this might be one to try. You should see the full effect from all antidepressants within 4-8 weeks. Pregabalin (Lyrica) This is a medicine mostly used for epilepsy, neuropathic pain and general anxiety. It increases the GABA production in the brain, and calms down the nervous system. Most surgeons performing the ETS surgery think blushing comes from an overactive nervous system, so this might be the perfect drug for blushers? You should see full effect from this drug after 1 week. Natural supplements: 5-HTP - This is the natural version of an antidepressants, and works by increasing the level of serotonin. Normal daily dose is 100-300 mg/day, taken before bed and in the morning. A good dose to try is 100 mg in the morning and 100 mg before bedtime. If you do not get any effect from 5-HTP, you can try L-tryptophan. It is also a natural supplement working in the same way as 5-HTP. 500-1000 mg is a recommended daily dose. You should not take both 5-http and L-tryptophan. L-theanine – This is the natural version of Prebagalin/Lyrica, and it increases the GABA-production in the body. 400 mg is a recommended daily dose. Also here you can take 200 mg in the morning and 200 mg before going to bed. Also note: There is a natural supplement called GABA. This is not known to cross the blood brain barrier, so there are no scientific evidence saying that the supplement called GABA will work. Still, there are people claiming it to work, so if L-theanine doesn´t work for you, you can always try this. The natural supplements take 4-8 weeks before you can se the full effect from them. There are no severe side effects to get from them. So if you have not tried any medicines you really have nothing to loose trying out natural supplements, to see if they are of any help to you. Combinations of drugs As mentioned, a combination of several medicines, using low doses, might be the best option. Perhaps antidepressants and beta-blockers is the perfects fit? Or Lyrica and beta-blockers? Maybe a combination of the two natural supplements is enough for you? You have to try this out for yourself. Please post any success stories in the comment section below. Make sure not to mix medicines and supplements that should not be mixed, like 5-HTP and an antidepressant. Note: Taking medicines should not be done without consulting a trained physician. ANY SUCCESS STORIES REGARDING USING MEDICINES/DRUGS IN CURING BLUSHING ARE HIGHLY APPRECIATED. PLEASE POST THEM IN THE COMMENT SECTION BELOW.
Hello! Recently I came across a forum of someone who had tried the no flush version Niacin and found relief in both blushing and anxiety. I have spent the last day trying to find more information on the topic but I can't seem to find anything... if someone has knowledge of this specific supplement and its relation to blushing and anxiety I would love to hear more about it! Thanks.