Benzos and beta blockers do they affect the ability to successfully habituate

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    1. Gill Hayes

      Gill Hayes Member Benefactor

      North West England
      Tinnitus Since:
      Nov 2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Stress I think
      Hi Dr Nagler,

      I have been on both diazepam and beta blockers for the anxiety related to my tinnitus for 6 weeks now. However, I have heard that being on these medications could impair successful habituation, is this correct ? Or should I continue on these drugs for now and they will not interfere with the habituation process ??
    2. Dr. Nagler

      Dr. Nagler Member Clinician Benefactor

      Atlanta, Georgia USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      Hi @Gill Hayes -

      To the best of my knowledge beta blockers do not interfere with the habituation process. Benzodiazepines are another matter. Dr. Jastreboff feels very strongly that they do, but I have never seen any studies to that effect. I can tell you from personal experience that I myself would never have gotten through TRT without them - so if my success in habituating was delayed a bit, so be it!

      In my opinion the single greatest factor interfering with the habituation process lies in not having a strategy. Perhaps start here:

      Dr. Stephen Nagler

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