Also known as: Atarax, Hyzine, Vistaril, Vistazine
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Vistaril (hydroxyzine) for Anxiety: My doctor had prescribed this for me because my anxiety ramps up when I'm trying to sleep. He started me out at 25 mg/day. While on it, I would sleep 16 hours, be a zombie for the 8 I was awake, and have really trippy dreams and terrifying nightmares - both of which felt 100% real and some of them I had to ask if they happened. I was cut back to 12.5 mg/day and I'm only sleeping 12 hours and groggy for four. I still have weird dreams, but they don't seem completely real as often.
I have not been on it long enough for my body to adjust, so this may lessen as time goes on.
It does help with the anxiety and panic attacks, although I won't drive after I've taken it so I can only take it at home.
hydroxyzine for Sedation: I was prescribed this medication to help me sleep. I take it with Lortab and Xanax. It really helps with sleeping but if I don't eat before I take it the nausea is really bad, which is strange because it's also prescribed for nausea and vomiting.
Vistaril (hydroxyzine) for Anxiety: After having surgery on my wrist, my mother suggested to the doctor to give me something to take the edge off of pain in between doses of hydrocodone. I was given Vistaril (25mg) and told to take as needed for pain with my other meds and that I could take 1-2 of them within every 4 hours or so. The doc also said it should tame down some stomach issue with the pain medicine (it did).
I noticed not only were they helping me with the pain but I felt relief from some of the anxiety of being out of work & just not being able to function well without the use of my right arm. I asked him about this at my next visit & he said indeed it was known for help with that and that was in fact part of the reason he added it for me.
No side effects for me.
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Atarax (hydroxyzine) for Allergic Urticaria: I was diagnosed with Urticaria at the age of 16 (in 1985 which just came out of the blue) and took an Atarax pill every 3-4 days when I felt the itchiness coming on. It worked 100%. Later in life they suggested I try some other antihistamine (Claritin), which I did and it worked but I have to take a pill every day so I went back to Atarax as I did not suffer from drowsiness (after taking it for so many years). Fortunately in 2011 the Urticaria disappeared and I no longer need any meds for it. If ever I get itchy skin again, Atarax will be my choice.
Vistaril (hydroxyzine) for Anxiety: I have been on Xanax 3 times a day for years. Recently my blood pressure has been high and my BP medicine alone was not working but when I take Vistaril and metoprolol twice a day and my Xanax as I've been doing it definitely helps my blood pressure and anxiety!
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hydroxyzine for Anxiety: I suffer from panick disorder. it seems to get worse every winter. I went to the doctor before it got bad enough to interfere with my life. My Doctor prescribed a very low dose od celexa again, which works wonders for me and hydroxyzine again because it makes me very sleepy and it really helps. I hadn't slept for 5 days because of heart palpitations caused by anxiety but this makes me sleepy within an hour. The only drawback is that I am usually groggy for the first couple of hours that in awake but I'll take groggy over insomnia any day.
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Review by Emetophobic (taken for less than 1 month):
Vistaril (hydroxyzine) for Nausea/Vomiting: I suffer from anxiety and I've tried a lot of medicines that just destroyed my stomach. I also have a "sensitive" stomach. Along with a phobia of vomiting. So add that up and stir in insomnia, makes for a very unhappy me. Vistaril has helped with the nervous stomach aches, the anxiety induced vomiting, and my anxiety while helping my Lunesta be more effective. This medicine is awesome.
Vistaril (hydroxyzine) for Nausea/Vomiting: I took Paxil for years for menopause symptoms. I tried to go off it several times but had relentless nausea and vomiting. Vistaril worked really well to end this and made it possible to get off Paxil.
Atarax (hydroxyzine) for Allergies: I took ATARAX when a child and started taking this medicine again approximately 2 years ago, from my Allergist. I have tried basically all modern oral prescription medicines (& those which have become over-the-counter). My Allergies induce ASTHMA! I take specifically created Allergy Antigen Shots (2 per wk/2 different vials) from Allergist which help greatly. Normally, unless I live on the coast, I'm bothered from indoor (dust, mold), outdoor (weeds, plants), & food allergies in the warm (non-frost/freezing) months. Each yr Allergies have become worse. I can take this 1 tab 1x per day or 2 pills at once if having a severe attack. I certainly recommend having an Allergist Dr, in addition to your reg Gen.Practice Dr. This Rx does NOT make me sleepy, though people say it can.
Review by Yatescrossing (taken for 6 months to 1 year):
Atarax (hydroxyzine) for Anxiety: I cold turkeyed off Xanax after 16 years of 1 mg a day. I had horrible withdrawal symptoms. At 4 months my MD (not the dr that suggested I go cold turkey) but the one that helped me through it, put me on Atarax, 10 - 25 mg as needed up to 100 mg a day. It really made a difference in my recovery. I take it as I need, or don't take it at all. It helps with the anxiety, nausea, shaking. I have been on it for 9 months now and really recommend people try it.
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Atarax (hydroxyzine) for Anxiety: Developed a flaky skin rash and went to see my OBGYN about it. It became a vicious circle, scratch then it would flake which made me scratch even more, etc. He took several samples and said it was not a rash but dermatitis caused by anxiety. So he prescribed Atarax and told me to take half a pill each day for a month. I didn't even realize I was suffering from anxiety until he mentioned it. So, I have been taking it when I feel anxious (about halfway through my menstrual cycle) and it has helped. No side effects so far and I feel better like taking the edge off and calming me down.
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Atarax (hydroxyzine) for Anxiety: Although this medicine does work as described its response time to panic outbreak is not fast. It takes about 45 minutes for the feeling of dread or mania to subside. To go further the feeling is still there but it blocks the mind from reacting irrationally to the racing thoughts. I gave this medicine an 8 not a 10 because of the reaction time. So far all medications in this class have made me tired. I like this one because I have had no side effects or cross interactions with other medications.
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Vistaril (hydroxyzine) for Anxiety: I had severe anxiety, panic attacks...I worry all the time about everything, causing my blood pressure to skyrocket. I had been on blood pressure pills for 2 months but still having a heavy pressure in my chest/throat area, causing me to think I was having a heart attack. Doctor prescribed Vistaril 25mg x 2 day for anxiety. This helps me tremendously and I only have to take it once a day. Hope this helps answer some questions someone might have.
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hydroxyzine for Anxiety: I have always lived with anxiety and was taking Zoloft daily. I had a car accident in May that spiraled my anxiety out of control. My doctor put me on this in addition to Zoloft. Not only has hydroxyzine helped with my anxiety, It has prevented me from having panic attacks and allowed me to wean off the Zoloft. My panic attacks used to also make me nauseous and Hydroxyzine prevents that. I have had no side effects at all. Zoloft side effects were weight gain and diarrhea.
Vistaril (hydroxyzine) for Pain: I have some conditions and I'm on pain 24/7. I use Fentanyl 100mcg every 72 hours and Percocet 2 each 6 hours. I have others medications; but with Vistaril I don't have to use the dosages of Percocet as prescribe it. I'm a veteran.
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