User Reviews for Hydroxyzine

Also known as: Atarax, Hyzine, Vistaril, Vistazine

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Review by Dyl Dyl (taken for less than 1 month):

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4.0

Vistaril (hydroxyzine) for Anxiety: I was pretty disappointed by Vistaril. I asked my psychiatrist about it hoping it helps in addition with the Zoloft I was taking to cure my itchiness, anxiety, sedation, and allergies. The only thing I saw improve were my allergies, and not by much. Yes I have only been on Vistaril 12 days, but still I was disappointed with the results. One Benadryl and one Zyrtec a night was more helpful than this. Oh well I guess I'll have to keep looking.

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July 16, 2014 2:13 AM

Review by grumpybean (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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3.0

For Anxiety: I'm currently on this medication for anxiety plus Lexapro also for anxiety. It just makes me super sleepy which doesn't work for me with having a 6m old and a 6y old. I have horrible car anxiety and I took one 15-30 min before I had to go in the car and I broke down and cried and could not feel anything at all. I was not driving thank God. It just doesn't work for me but it does take the numbness tingly feeling I get from the Lexapro away. About the only good thing.

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July 6, 2014 11:21 PM

Review by Chelsea Emma:

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5.0

For Sedation: I started taking hydroxyzine about 3 months ago. At first it worked great but recently I can fall asleep more easily then I could with Seroquel. However, I only get about 2-3 solid hours of sleep then I wake up wide awake at 4 am I'm not sure if my body isn't used to it because I was on Seroquel 8 years.

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June 28, 2014 12:29 AM

Review by Tryphosa:

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1.0

Vistaril (hydroxyzine) for Anxiety: This stuff was the pits. A half hour after I took my first pill, I was falling asleep. The tiredness became extremely intense. I had to cancel my plans for the evening and lay down. I was so crazy exhausted that I became anxious. I asked my prescriber for antianxiety medication. I have mild anxiety that makes me uncomfortable. This stuff just made me worse than a couch potato. Several hours later I got intestinal cramps. Then I started throwing up.

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June 27, 2014 1:14 AM

Review by TeeBabii:

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9.0

For Allergies: I have just recently started taking this for allergies that leaves me with hives and/or rashes. I have found it very effective, it doesn't take long before it starts working. I have realized that it does sedate me and/or is very effective, its very hard to wake up while under the influence of this medicine.

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June 19, 2014 4:25 AM

Review by kakayyyy:

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9.0

For Anxiety: Pretty decent anti-anxiety medicine.

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June 11, 2014 10:39 PM

Review by RadioVirus:

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8.0

Vistaril (hydroxyzine) for Anxiety: I was prescribed Vistaril for bad panic attacks, as needed. I was put on Celexa, and less than an hour after taking it, I felt extreme fear and had the worst panic attack I've ever experienced. I called my doctor immediately and was told to go ahead and take the Vistaril. It calmed me down in less than 15 minutes. It did however, make me so drowsy that I found it impossible to stay awake. Thank goodness I have it on hand for my next attempt with Wellbutrin.

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June 2, 2014 12:41 AM

Review by Crappysleeper (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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9.0

For Sedation: I have had sleep issues since my early 20's. I have been prescribed Ambien, Lunesta, Xanax, Klonopin, Ativan and Seroquel. All of them helped fall asleep no problem, however 3 hours later, I'm awake again. The hydroxyzine didn't help me fall asleep as much as keeping me asleep! I usually toss and turn a dozen times at night but this gives me solid, uninterrupted sleep. I do notice that I will wake slightly agitated at times which is annoying when you have 3 kids to wake to and need to be on your toes and think fast. I have to say out of all the meds I've tried this one KEEPS me sleeping which is the point.

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May 28, 2014 12:27 PM

Review by Ric's wife (taken for less than 1 month):

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8.0

For Pruritus: My husband, who is diabetic for many years, suddenly developed an itchy, scratchy rash. He's someone who soldiers on despite everything. So he went to the VA Hospital and they prescribed Hydroxyzine capsules, telling him to take them at bedtime. He also is using a salve for the topical skin discomfort. He slept like a log last night and already (2 days in) feels better; his rash is much improved, and should be gone pronto if the good response continues. The Doctor was very clear - warned him (it also says so on the bottle): don't drive, ride a bike, or whatever until you see if it makes you groggy or dizzy - a common side affect. He slept for 12 hours last night, so that was a plus. This medicine is very effective!

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May 15, 2014 9:23 AM

Review by BreeKG:

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10

Vistaril (hydroxyzine) for Anxiety: My experience with it. The medicine works great for itch relief (pruritis) and anxiety. I have Graves Disease, this was to treat anxiety temporarily after thyroid storm. The problem I had with it was it made me to doped feeling to function normally. I stayed tired and experienced grumpiness and lack of patience. I've taken Xanax, and Elavil before and definitely was able to work, socialize normally unlike this medicine, there is no way I can take it every four to six hours and function throughout the day. I've never been one to tolerate antihistamines very well, I get the shakes etc., and experienced the same with the Vistaril. All that aside, at night it did help me sleep, help the anxiety as it's supposed too.

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May 8, 2014 9:20 PM

Review by jramp (taken for less than 1 month):

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9.0

For Anxiety: I was given this pill to help with anxiety and insomnia at school. I was given 50 mg and I took it and it completely knocked me out. It works great for helping me sleep, but waking up I was dizzy and had minor blurred vision, but that went away after about an hour.

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April 22, 2014 11:23 PM

Review by tmanawo (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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8.0

Vistaril (hydroxyzine) for Anxiety: While this medicine is no where near as strong Klonopin or Xanax for my anxiety, I have found that taking a 50mg Vistaril does just enough to take the edge off.

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April 21, 2014 5:40 AM

Review by Ryan s:

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10

For Allergic Urticaria: Had extreme hives all over my body from an allergic reaction. Took a single 25mg tablet of hydroxyzine about an hour before I went to sleep, and I was no longer itching by bedtime. When I woke up, there were no hives. They started to return at night time, so I took another tablet, and the cycle continued.

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April 21, 2014 12:41 AM

Review by anxious_peaches (taken for less than 1 month):

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7.0

Vistaril (hydroxyzine) for Anxiety: I took a 25 mg dose of this medicine for the first time last night. It took about 45 minutes to an hour before it made me sleepy although I was calmed within 15 minutes. I slept great-I usually wake up around 2am every night, but not last night. I slept until 9:30am which is rare for me. I did feel like a zombie for about an hour or 2 after I got up, but I didn't have any panic feelings during the day. I didn't feel 100% normal, but this was a pretty good start. I'm hopeful that the sleepiness is a transient effect and that some of my other physical symptoms go completely away.

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April 19, 2014 7:57 PM

Review by adelaossa:

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10

For Anxiety: Was having problems falling asleep. My doctor prescribed this medicine to help me sleep. Works great!

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April 18, 2014 8:55 PM

Review by Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month):

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10

Vistaril (hydroxyzine) for Anxiety: I took this medicine for the first time and I ended up dreaming a very romantic dream. It helps me with my panic/anxiety attacks, I would like to figure out what triggers my freaking out. Never Drive when You take Vistaril. It mellows You Out. Thank You.

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April 1, 2014 4:03 PM

Review by Lizzi6 (taken for 10 years or more):

For Allergic Urticaria: Right after my 2nd child was born in 1969, I found myself scratching till I bled and I was diagnosed with Urticaria I was prescribed hydroxyzine 10mg (Atarax) 3 times a day at first, but was soon able to pare that back to 1 x 10mg pill a day which I take in the morning. I have never had a problem with drowsiness. The only time I realize I have this condition is if I run out of the medication and don't take it for a few days, then the itching comes back, usually starting on the palms of my hands. I will probably take this medication for the rest of my life, but for me it has been a Godsend.

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March 24, 2014 2:34 PM

Review by tayalayabingbong:

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8.0

For Anxiety: Its worked 8/10 for my anxiety... its calmed down my anxiety significantly, but not completely. Although im not too fond of the zombie feeling... I just started it yesterday so we will see if that part goes away at any point. If by my next visit, I still feel tired all day I will be asking for something else.

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March 11, 2014 9:51 PM

Review by elicuddles:

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6.0

Atarax (hydroxyzine) for Anxiety: I take 50mg 3 x day. Total 150mg. I'm bipolar and take other medicines that causes drowsiness but realized within a couple weeks that this subsides with time. It is nothing like Xanax that knocks you out and Atarax takes a while to start working if you're in the start of an attack. I didn't experience any of the antihistamine effect the pill is supposed to provide. I will ask for a different medication to manage my anxiety.

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March 6, 2014 3:07 AM

Review by Jazzibelle (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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9.0

For Anxiety: I love this medicine! I was recently released from the hospital after doing a 1 week stay. Diagnosed with BPD and anxiety. This medicine is prescribed for me 50 mg 4 times a day. I don't take it unless truly needed during the day. This is my first time being on psychotropics. I take this along with Seroquel, Zoloft and Naltroxene. I've had maybe 4 panic attacks since being out of the hospital. I had them because I went to work the day after being released and I work in a sales environment. I didn't have my medicine on hand like I should have. I do notice that when I bring it, and take it. I am not sleepy, very mellow and even and relaxed. Thoughts are clearer and conversations more direct.

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February 21, 2014 3:43 PM

Review by Jpm1970 (taken for 2 to 5 years):

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8.0

For Sedation: I also am having trouble getting out of bed and getting motivated and terrible dreams that make me punch and kick. I even had the police called on me for dreaming. I used to not have these problems also. I've been taking this long term and now has manifested into this the last 6 months. For some reason after taking this for long time it changes and now I have to stop taking it again.

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February 17, 2014 3:14 PM

Review by Dale C:

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9.0

Vistaril (hydroxyzine) for Anxiety: I would like to say that I have taken all the big medicines for my depression and Anxiety, Panic and to be truthful this medicine has worked for me. I had issues with a lot of things and getting mad and wanting to argue all the time and just could not deal with feeling that way and I have always had great out look on life even if life was horrific. Since I have been on this medicine it has helped, yes the medicine wants you to sleep more and sometimes you feel groggy but I notice if I start taking it in the evening and close to bedtime it works best. Just don't take it when you get up or in the afternoon because it will make you drowsy. I would say if you have some of the problems that the rest of us do I would say it would not hurt to try it.

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February 16, 2014 8:01 AM

Review by honest (taken for 6 months to 1 year):

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9.0

Vistaril (hydroxyzine) for Anxiety: I suffer from Anxiety, Major Depression & Insomnia I'm taking Vistaril for the Anxiety I'm on 50MG 4 times a day when reading most of you said it made you pretty sleepy... I feel normal for the first time in 40 yrs like maybe I can have a life now... My experience so far has been a great one :o) I DON'T GET Drowsy At All LIKE I SAID THIS IS THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE I FEEL 100% Normal... I take two Seroquel 100MG in the AM For Major Depression... That doesn't make me Drowsy at all when I read about Vistaril and Seroquel people say they are drowsy and lethargic Not ME I Feel Great!!! I Also take Seroquel 300MG at Bedtime along with 30MG Restoril at Bedtime... The only side effects I have is movements in my neck & the chills Yep that's it.

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February 13, 2014 10:37 PM

Review by riverstyxxx (taken for less than 1 month):

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1.0

Vistaril (hydroxyzine) for Anxiety: My first review on here. Prescribed 25mg to be taken during an anxiety attack. Took it twice, once at night and once during a morning spell. It didn't do anything good but it didn't do anything bad either. From the rest of the reviews, it looks like it either works great or not at all. There doesn't seem to be much harm in trying.

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February 13, 2014 11:42 AM

Review by Cheetahlicious1 (taken for less than 1 month):

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9.0

For Anxiety: My anxiety peaks at night for the most part. It's very difficult to fall asleep so I got prescribed this. When I take it I fall into a deep heavy sleep..so deep my husband had to check to make sure I was alive since I normally Toss and turn like crazy. I sleep wonderfully on this, however, I do notice myself having more dreams..some good..but mostly weird/vivid and not so good dreams. I've been on it for 3 nights and each time I've woken up..I was in the midst of a dream were I was beating someone up/hurting someone. I hate those dreams. Once I wake up I feel super groggy and in a fog for hours. I also feel very depressed and unmotivated. It does the trick at night but I don't like the after effects of it. I also have Xanax for the day time

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February 2, 2014 12:16 AM

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