User Reviews for Hydroxyzine

Also known as: Atarax, Hyzine, Vistaril, Vistazine

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8.5/10 Average Rating

17 Ratings with 14 User Reviews

Compare all 27 medications used in the treatment of Allergic Urticaria.

Reviews for Hydroxyzine to treat Allergic Urticaria

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Review by Ryan s: User Rating:  
   
10

hydroxyzine: 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 Lizzi6 (taken for 10 years or more):

hydroxyzine: 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 Roachie (taken for 10 years or more): User Rating:  
   
10

Vistaril (hydroxyzine): 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.

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August 5, 2013 11:54 PM
Review by ItchyScratchy2: User Rating:  
   
10

Atarax (hydroxyzine): 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.

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January 21, 2013 9:43 AM
Review by Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month): User Rating:  
   
2.0

hydroxyzine: My itching went down some after taking 10mg of hydroxizine, and that's good, but now I am totally awake, and will be for 36 hours or so, I can tell. That is how I react to Benadryl, but not to Allegra, which doesn't seem to affect my sleeping. The little bit of relief that I have gotten from taking it is not worth the complete loss of sleep. The prednisone I started today is working already, and I think I'll just take that plus Allegra until my rash goes away.

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July 8, 2012 12:50 AM
Review by 2sleepy: User Rating:  
   
10

hydroxyzine: I was prescribed hydroxyzine 25 mg (one or two tablets at bedtime) for a very itchy rash. I have also had insomnia for years, it is not unusual for it to take 3 or 4 hours for me to fall asleep. The first time I took this medicine I was sound asleep within an hour after taking it, and I slept through the night. I have been taking it for about 2 months and wish I had known about it sooner.

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December 28, 2011 1:16 AM
Review by Anonymous: User Rating:  
   
10

hydroxyzine: I have insomnia and it is made worse by a rash that wakes me up because I itch so badly. The first time I took this was the first time I slept through the night in a very long time

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November 3, 2011 1:07 AM
Review by Anonymous:

hydroxyzine: I have been suffering from rashes, bumps, and itches on my hands and legs for about 15 years during which time I have been to 7 skin specialist and allergists: nothing except palliative (and messy) creams and covering my hands with 6-8 bandaids at a time. Then I found a new doctor who prescribed hydroxyzine and fexofenadine. Two days later 99% of the problem was gone. It flares up when I eat any meats with preservatives (sodium nitrate and sodium phosphate) and berries with small seeds (figs, raspberries, strawberries, blue berries, etc). Drowsiness was never a problem but it would have been a worthwhile trade-off not to spend most of my waking hours itching, creaming up and then covering with bandaids.

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August 11, 2010 5:28 PM
Review by Anonymous: User Rating:  
   
9.0

Vistaril (hydroxyzine): My Doctor diagnosed me with dermatographia, and prescribed Singulair and Alavert. The condition lessened, but did not go away. I would still break out into hives on a daily basis, though they were not as frequent and covered a smaller portion of my body. After a few months, she prescribed Vistaril in place of Alavert, and kept me on the Singulair. Almost immediately, I noticed a significant change! For the first time in months, I went an entire day without any hives - though I had to take the capsule four times a day. If I took fewer capsules, my hives would come back. I did experience severe drowsiness and a slight "euphoric" feeling, but it lessened over time.

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June 6, 2010 6:58 PM
Review by Anonymous: User Rating:  
   
9.0

hydroxyzine: This medicine saved my sanity, if not my life! Months of unexplained pressure hives all over my body had my nerves absolutely shot. I won't go into the details, but after MANY doctors and countless tests, I finally found a doctor who wanted me to try Atarax, 50 mg 4 times a day. I was willing to try anything!! The drowsiness was difficult to deal with for a long time but the hives had pretty much met their match. I can tell if I'm late taking one or if I've forgotten altogether. I can't live without them!

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May 28, 2010 7:06 PM
Review by Anonymous: User Rating:  
   
10

hydroxyzine: Hydroxyzine has worked great for my allergic reactions. I have been fighting these allergies for 8 years now. I have tried everything form Benedryl to prescription allergy medicines. Nothing has worked for me except the hydroxyzine. I have been taking it for 4 months now and have only had very mild if any skin irritations since I began taking it. The drowsiness has not affected me at all.

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December 8, 2009 12:25 PM
Review by Trent Blurbo: User Rating:  
   
9.0

hydroxyzine: Hydroxyzine has been the magic bullet for my skin allergies. I've tried every over-the-counter option, as well as a couple of prescriptions. I was warned that hydroxyzine might make me more sleepy and wiped out than the other drugs, but for me it has nearly no sedative effect. My hives, which used to appear over much of my body for several hours a day, stay away almost completely.

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December 4, 2009 12:35 PM
Review by Hivey: User Rating:  
   
8.0

Atarax (hydroxyzine): I've had seriously awful hives and angioedema for 3 months and tried everything on my own to lessen my symptoms, even taking Benadryl around the clock. I went to my doctor who prescribed this and warned it would make me drowsy when I took it. For the first time in 3 months I've had hardly any hives (though they aren't completely gone, but much easier to handle) and I wasn't drowsy at all (maybe because I'm used to taking all the Benadryl and fighting drowsiness). I haven't had any side effects.

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May 29, 2009 5:23 AM
Review by Avanthi: User Rating:  
   
7.0

hydroxyzine: 1 tablet 25 mg of hydroxyzine can control urticaria for a minimum of 3 days but for 2 days I have to sleep. Very effective for urticaria but the drowsiness side effect is hard especially for active, working women.

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April 10, 2009 1:55 PM

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