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Reviews for Atarax to treat Anxiety
Review by Storken:
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)
Review by Yatescrossing (taken for 6 months to 1 year):
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.
79 users found this comment helpful.
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.
39 users found this comment helpful.
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.
44 users found this comment helpful.
I started taking this medication to fight anxiety, especially before going to bed when the mind is racing. It definitely helps, but I am completely lethargic the next day, and I only took half a pill. However, I've also only taken it occasionally for one day here and there, not on a regular basis, so my body may not have time to adjust like others mention on here.
23 users found this comment helpful.
Went to see the doctor 3 months ago. I wasn't sure what was wrong with me. First visit I told the doc my symptoms.(fatigue, tense muscles, shortness of breath, light headed) The doctor said it might be allergies. He gave me hydroxyzine 25MG. I started with with one dose every 4 hours. They seem to help me breath easier and relax me.
13 users found this comment helpful.
I was given Atarax for acute stress reaction and anxiety. The Dr put me on 1-2 tablets at night at 25mg each, it zonks me and gives me a horrible headache and if taken with my pain medicines I can't even lift my head. It's an alright medication but after doing research and finding it's only a short term medicine I think I need to find something else that works just as good and is safer for a longer term use.
10 users found this comment helpful.
I had been taking Xanax and Lexapro for generalized anxiety disorder. The Xanax, at 0.25 mg, made me a zombie. Atarax at 50 mg 3 times a day works very well for me and I am able to function at work as well. The sedative effects wore off after a few days.
29 users found this comment helpful.
The problem was sleep deprivation and my physician suggested Atarax and explained that sleeping is when the body restores itself making it vitally important to get a good night of sleep. I take one pill in the evening and sleep soundly and for now this is the right solution.
64 users found this comment helpful.
I was prescribed Atarax for one specific reason. I am having an MRI done and am extremely claustrophobic. I was prescribed 50mg pills. I was given 4 pills. I am to take 1 pill first to see how it effects me and then I can decide if I need another one. I took one for the first time last night and I became very sleepy. I am also on Tylenol 3 for pain. My eyes could barely stay up. However, once I closed my eyes, I was up every hour on the hour. Not sure if that is because of the anticipation of my MRI or what. I was very relaxed however, but do not suffer the anxiety attacks as bad as I did years ago and my heart goes out to those who do. I will take the two pills at MRI and give my review again then.
22 users found this comment helpful.
I have been taking it for about three months now, I was prescribed it by an ER psych, for anxiety and insomnia.
Started on 50 mg which worked, but have worked up to having to take between 100 and 150 mgs a day to get the same effect.
I think it's better for short term use, because your system can quickly adapt to it and start to require more for the same effect.
54 users found this comment helpful.
"Atarax" was prescribed to me in a "controlled environment." I was prescribed Klonopin originally, but the 0.5mg dosage wasn't enough for my anxiety and with the medication (Suboxone) I was currently taking there is a risk of taking Benzodiazepines while on Suboxone (like, death).
Anyway, Atarax was prescribed. I can't remember the dose now, I know it was more than 10mg, but it was 4-6 x daily as needed. It seemed to be working alright at first, but I think it was the controlled environment, when I left, it stopped working for my anxiety and panic attacks and has not had any useful effect since.
*Didn't experience any side effects
28 users found this comment helpful.
This little pill is great if used rarely because I myself become very tolerant of Atarax if I use it for more than 2 days in a row if you are really stressed. Tense or suffer from anxiety I think it's the best because it's not real habit forming! The only downfall for me is even in the 25mg dose it causes quite the hangover or I should say a daze for about 5 to 8 hrs the next day but no extreme side effects - just really relaxed.
70 users found this comment helpful.
I take this along with Lexapro... I was having such hard times falling asleep due to nine million things going on through the day ... then the anxiety kicked in...sometimes I would be up for hours while everyone is sound to sleep...When I started taking this I fall asleep within thirty mins and usually sleep sound. It is not addicting... and good price for the good things the meds do.
179 users found this comment helpful.
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