Also known as: Atarax, Hyzine, Vistaril, Vistazine
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Vistaril (hydroxyzine) for Anxiety: I am bipolar and take Celexa and Abilify. My doctor added Vistaril for my anxiety and panic attacks and so far the Vistaril did the trick. I feel human again and not flying all over the place since the Vistaril was added and I haven't had a panic attack for 3 weeks... Hurray for Vistaril.
Review by Libbywednesday (taken for 1 to 6 months):
hydroxyzine for Nausea/Vomiting: This medication makes me slightly tired but seems to work well for my anxiety. I haven't been taking it long so I'm not sure how well it works for nausea. I have emetophobia so I'm terrified of nausea and vomiting so I really hope it works to keep me from getting sick!
Vistaril (hydroxyzine) for Anxiety: I have been taking 25 mg of Vistaril once per day for about the past month. I take it at night. I have depression and anxiety pretty bad with the anxiety being the stronger
of the two issues. I can't handle stress very well at all either. I am taking 40mg of Prozac a day also. The Vistaril at first, made me drowsy and lethargic. It took me about a week to adjust. Now I feel much better. I can sleep at night and feel decent when I wake up. It's not perfect but I am not getting any side effects and it's improved my life. I would recommend trying it but I would only take at night and do not drive after taking it until you get used to it.
Atarax (hydroxyzine) for Anxiety: I have general anxiety disorder and I'm prone to panic attacks. Being afraid of benzo and it's addictiveness, I got this prescribed. So far it has worked great if I take 2 pills at once, and the effect lasts for about 10 hours. I haven't really felt the hangover part people talk about, nor have I experienced headaches. The only thing I really have to complain about is that the breathing can get almost too relaxed at times, so when I fall asleep I wake up with a shortness of breath, as if my lungs forgot to inhale. It's no big deal though, happens maybe 3 times a night and it wakes me up. And I guess it would be nice to have a pill that takes away anxiety but doesn't make you tired (I sleep like a baby after 30 minutes after taking atarax)
Vistaril (hydroxyzine) for Anxiety: I was having a horrible withdrawal from Cymbalta and was determined to get off it! After my docs only answer was take Ativan (which made me extremely zombified). After two trips to the ER they recommended Vistaril and it calmed the brain zaps, disorientation and extreme confusion. It's been a huge help!
hydroxyzine for Sedation: I have been given this medication for assistance with my sleep. It does allow me to sleep extremely well. However, I do fill extra groggy the next day. I cut mine into fours and I still have a hard time getting going the next morning. I have given score of 10 it is very effective in allowing me to fall asleep and stay asleep.
Review by Itchimess (taken for less than 1 month):
hydroxyzine for Pruritus: Just started this. It sure does knock the itch out BUT. Whew. I took it at 11 AM and crashed at 2PM.
I'm sure, like most things, after a week or so the drowsy thing goes away. Gravol(Dimenhydrinate) used to do the same thing to me. Now it has zero drowsy effect on me. It's great for the guts but not near as good as Hydroxyzine for itching.
Vistaril (hydroxyzine) for Allergic Urticaria: Have taken Vistaril for nearly 30 years for hives that seem to be associated with exposure to hot/cold temperatures or emotional stress. A 5mg dose rapidly eliminates hives and has a lasting effect for 2-3 days. My doctor gives me an annual prescription for 30, 25mg tablets which I cut into four pieces. I only take 1/4 tablet therefore this very small dose completely resolves the hives for several days with minimal side effects consisting of slight drowsiness. For me, it is a marvelous medicine. Cost, even without insurance is extremely small.
Atarax (hydroxyzine) for Allergies: Used this medicine during a course of pain management, it helped tremendously with the itchy feeling you get from opioid medication. It was just short term use but made a great impact!
Review by justbenna (taken for less than 1 month):
hydroxyzine for Anxiety: I have very severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Well after my move my panic attacks spiraled out of control to the point where I was barely sleeping at all. The doctor gave me this, and I slept like a baby, no attacks, no nausea. It's great.
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hydroxyzine for Sedation: I took an allergy shot almost a month ago. The doctor also gave me Hydroxyzine to complete the treatment. My allergy finished, however my depression got worse and it makes me sleep the whole day. I can't function! I don't feel
like doing anything. After I take my daughter to school I go back to sleep for 2 to 4 hrs, and in the afternoon I take another 3 to 4 hr. nap. It's hard.
Review by Crazynurse1 (taken for less than 1 month):
Vistaril (hydroxyzine) for Anxiety: I have weened off of Effexor 150mg and 75 mg over the past 3 weeks. I started Cymbalta 30 mg 2 days ago and was still have horrible adverse effects coming off of the Effexor. Effexor worked great for my anxiety and severe PMDD, but was making me extremely sluggish. I have also had chronic back pain for the past 7 years and my doctor wanted to switch me to Cymbalta. Well, the transition/withdrawal has been terrible. A lot if crying and panicking for no reason, crawling skin, etc. I took one Vistaril, and found it very helpful. My Dr. has prescribed Vistaril 25-50 mg every 6 hours as needed. Has been a God send to help my anxiety during this transition. It also has been very helpful for my sons anxiety as well.
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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.
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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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