User Reviews for Hydroxyzine

Also known as: Atarax, Hyzine, Vistaril, Vistazine

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6.4/10 Average Rating

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Review by RKTUQ:

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2.0

It definitely calmed my anxiety but left me drowsy. I took 25mg once a day for two weeks and was able to function somewhat normally despite the fatigue factor. After two weeks, for some reason, it began making me so tired that I was unable to function during the day. I tried halving and even quartering the amount, but it still left me unable to stay awake during the day. When I was awake, I was lethargic and depressed.

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August 18, 2014 12:02 PM

Review by am49 (taken for 1 to 2 years):

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9.0

This little pill is amazing. It is one of the safest and most effective antianxiety medications I've ever been on. Pros: - Very effective - Works quickly - Safe - Doesn't make you drowsy - Can be taken as needed; not addictive and no withdrawls - Doesn't impair cognitive function - Also helps with allergies! Cons: - Primary side effects were dizziness and weight gain Notes: - I've found from personal experience that if I take it before bed I'm more likely to have nightmares - Do not quickly get up: slowly stand up, else you'll get extremely dizzy and might even fall over. - Do not take with other antihistamines: always check with your doctor or a pharmacist before taking allergy medicine. Would I recommend? Definitely!!

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August 8, 2014 5:08 PM

Review by Joshx17 (taken for 1 to 2 years):

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3.0

Vistaril (hydroxyzine): Even at massive doses of 200 mg I still didn't feel any relief at all from this. Benadryl or Unisom would be a better option to take for anxiety.

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August 1, 2014 4:01 AM

Review by Monchie:

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5.0

Atarax (hydroxyzine): I was prescribed Atarax for my anxiety and to wean off Klonopin. It worked well at first but I have found that I've built a tolerance. One 50mg pill the first day helped, the next day I need two 50mg pills and now after 2 weeks in up to 200mg and it is no longer controlling my panic or anxiety.

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July 29, 2014 4:48 PM

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

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4.0

Vistaril (hydroxyzine): 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

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 Tryphosa:

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1.0

Vistaril (hydroxyzine): 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 kakayyyy:

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9.0

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): 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 BreeKG:

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10

Vistaril (hydroxyzine): 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

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

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7.0

Vistaril (hydroxyzine): 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

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): 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 tayalayabingbong:

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8.0

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): 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

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 Dale C:

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9.0

Vistaril (hydroxyzine): 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): 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): 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

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

Review by crimson heart:

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10

Vistaril (hydroxyzine): Started Vistaril 25mg last night at 10pm. I watched some T.V then went to sleep. No anxiety and no unpleasant side effects. Today I've taken another 25mg. Didn't feel any need to take my Ativan. But due to being on 4mg a day for years, I did take one just to be on the safe side and not seize or anything. My experience so far has been a good one. And I hope to continue to slowly come down on my Ativan use. My meds: Lexapro 5mg taperd down from 10mg. Ativan 1mg 4x daily. Fioricet when needed and now Vistaril 25mg every 6 hours when needed.

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January 31, 2014 4:34 PM

Review by nlcDeala37 (taken for less than 1 month):

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8.0

Helped with my anxiety & my slight depression.

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January 21, 2014 10:09 AM

Review by joshy99:

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2.0

Atarax (hydroxyzine): My son was put on this med at age 14 after being pre diagnosed as no-polar. Then diagnosed with juvenile depression. Anxiety disorder. Trouble sleeping. Joshua had bad mood swings. He was only to take this once a day. At bedtime. It only made him so tired he won't get up in the morning. Did nothing for his anxiety or depression.

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January 18, 2014 10:06 PM

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