Do Celebrities Take Drugs to Be Relaxed While Performing?

Question by euphoric(k): Do celebrities take drugs to be relaxed while performing?
Well I always just figured they were good at performing and use to it, but then I was reading this thing about how many people who perform use beta blockers like inderal or peroponolol.. or something like that, which rids themselves of nervousness and helps them to remain calm so they can perform well.

But.. I don’t know, how factual the article thing was, is that true though?
Or do you think that they are just really good at performing

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Answer by Roee
Some of them, and some because they’re friends do so. Remember- don’t do drugs!

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2 Responses to Do Celebrities Take Drugs to Be Relaxed While Performing?

  • cattledog says:

    I don’t know how widespread the use of a beta blocker for situational anxiety and stage fright would be but I know that it has been used for that reason (especially for public speakers). I am someone who uses a beta blocker because of a aorta problem and it helps with my blood pressure and heart rate. I was told by my cardiologist that it is sometimes used for stage fright.

    I have been using a beta blocker for years now (a daily dosage twice a day) so my body is used to it but I can tell you the first week or two I took it it made me a little sleepy and like I had just a beer and felt really relaxed… not loopy but a aware relaxed. I imagine that if people take it for stage fright it is only taken for a event as I think the effect would be so subtle. I have always wondered if such a drug would benefit a baseball pitcher or a ice hockey goalie though.

  • Mathieu says:

    Some celebrities have used beta blockers like Inderal (propranolol) and it is common for people to be prescribed a beta-blocker if they have severe performance anxiety, especially “stage fright” and/or with significant somatic (physical) symptoms. I believe that , at least at some point, that Barbra Streisand used beta-blockers for her apparently severe stage fright. And certainly some celebrities use other drugs- barbiturates (I think they were a favourite of The Rolling Stones), benzodiazepines are still extremely popular, alcohol, and opioids have also been used by celebrities.

    What beta-blockers do is they reduce or eliminate the PHYSICAL symptoms of anxiety (excessive sweating, rapid heart rate, flushing, and so on). As a result a person can look perfectly calm yet their anxiety in their mind does not get better although for some people they do have much less anxiety if they know they are not dripping with sweat and look extremely uncomfortable. But in general beta-blockers help people act like they are calm and know what they are doing, even if they are terrified.

    In The United Kingdom and a few other countries propranolol is approved for anxiety. The official British Summary of Product Characteristics for propranolol says, “Situational and generalised anxiety: In acute situational anxiety, a dose of 40mg daily may provide short term relief. In generalised anxiety requiring longer term therapy, an adequate response may be expected with 40mg twice daily which, in individual cases, may be increased to 40mg three times daily. Treatment should be continued according to response and patients should be reviewed after six to twelve months’ treatment.”

    FYI beta-blockers are not “tranquilizers” nor are they drugs of abuse, they have no recreational value, they produce no euphoria, they do not cause barbiturate/benzodiazepine-like effects. The primary medical use of beta-blockers is as antihypertensives (aka they treat high blood pressure). However Propranolol has about a dozen uses.

    M.D., C.M. psychiatry, internal medicine (Québec)
    Hons. BSc pharmacology

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