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Also known as: Atarax, Hyzine, Rezine, Vistaril, Vistazine

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Hydroxyzine review summary

6.4/10 Average Rating

211 Ratings with 155 User Reviews

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Reviews for Hydroxyzine to treat Anxiety

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Review by Troy7d5 (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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9.0

I have been taking Atarax for about a month now for anxiety due to an obsessive amount of medical conditions that all seem to have started at around the same time. So I asked my doctor if there was anything I could take that was not addictive, that could help with my anxiety and he gave me atarax. OH MY GOD has this been a miracle drug! Not only do I sleep amazingly every night I feel relaxed enough to get through my day now! On top of that my allergies are now nonexistent and I've been able to refrain from smoking and drinking much more easily because of it. My only problem is the super weird and sometimes scary dreams I get if I take it before bed, but that's hardly an issue compared to how much it has helped me.

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April 24, 2015 11:00 PM

Review by BeyondAndB4 (taken for 2 to 5 years):

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9.0

Vistaril (hydroxyzine): Of the non-benzodiazepeine anti-anxiety agents, Vistaril is my first choice. Vistaril seperates itself from the others by rapidly inducing a pleasant & warm feeling. By comparison, things like Compazine and clonidine are much colder and more harsh in side effects. Although Vistaril is gentle & easy going for the first hour or so, a strong drowsiness will come on by Hour #2. But overall I'd still rank it as a side-effect-free type of medicine, when compared to other non-benzo anxiolytics.

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April 24, 2015 3:08 PM

Review by ecarbajal:

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3.0

Been on this medicine off and on for a few years. Usually by doctors who are convinced that every person who asks for a benzodiazepine must be addicted to them. This medication has very little effect on me. I have debilitating generalized anxiety disorder, severe treatment resistant obsessive compulsive disorder and post traumatic stress disorder. This medication is supposed to be for panic attacks. However for me it takes a while to kick in, and once it does, it only relieves a fraction of the intense and constant anxiety. It doesn't make me sleepy whatsoever, nor does it calm my restlessness.

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April 5, 2015 1:03 AM

Review by llwyatt90 (taken for less than 1 month):

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1.0

Atarax (hydroxyzine): It caused severe paranoia and ultra sensitivity to all senses.

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March 30, 2015 9:41 PM

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

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10

I have a rare disease called Systemic Mastocytosis that presents a varying number of symptoms caused by too much histamine being released in my body. Hydroxyzine relieved constant anxiety, fatigue, and muscle/bone pain. It also calms the nervous system down when I am itchy.

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March 26, 2015 12:09 PM

Review by morganT80 (taken for 1 to 2 years):

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5.0

My psychiatrist prescribed 50 MG of Hydroxyzine every 6 hours for anxiety. This medicine literally takes 15 minutes to kick in my system. In like a zombie. Literally drooling and having to be watched like a child. Works a little too good.

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March 18, 2015 4:35 PM

Review by Mollym2300 (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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1.0

Did not work on me at all. I was on 50mg

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March 14, 2015 9:44 PM

Review by Birdy02:

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1.0

Vistaril (hydroxyzine): It worked for a while then it stopped working a few months later

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March 12, 2015 5:05 PM

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

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7.0

Has helped me quite a bit... went from a 2 ona scale of 1-10 to a 5... not so bad.

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February 23, 2015 9:16 PM

Review by Lacie Love (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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8.0

Atarax (hydroxyzine): I was taking 50 mg three times a day. It worked awesome for my anxiety, however after a month I started having seizures and severe muscle twitching and I had to stop it.

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February 19, 2015 8:03 PM

Review by Srburnet24 (taken for 6 months to 1 year):

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8.0

I've been taking hydroxine for a while now 50mg twice a day it help with anxiety but I have the opposite effect when it comes to making me tired it does not at all affect me in that way.

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February 15, 2015 3:41 PM

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

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8.0

Vistaril (hydroxyzine): It has helped me to relax and not have as much anxiety.

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February 12, 2015 2:42 AM

Review by donewbenzo:

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10

Atarax (hydroxyzine): I was on Cymbalta 90mg and had to stop cold turkey .. thank goodness for my Atarax. I am having severe withdrawals and I take 50mg up to 4 times a day . I also use this for my anxiety. I was addicted to Klonopin so I am thankful for this no addictive Atarax.

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February 9, 2015 3:49 PM

Review by Anonymous:

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8.0

I was recently in the hospital for a panic attack, and everyday since I've had high anxiety. I was given this that night and it helped me cope, but I would always go to sleep when I took one. After a month I got put on sertraline (still waiting to see a difference), and the night anxiety got worse. So I take this when I feel I wont be able to talk myself out of a panic attack.

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February 8, 2015 11:12 PM

Review by Steve Stevenson:

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10

Vistaril (hydroxyzine): I'm glad I was prescribed Vistaril. It relives anxiety quickly without all the downsides of Klonopin or Xanax. The drowsiness is more pronounced, but I'll take it over a panic attack. This seems like a good medicine to take as needed. Be careful driving, and remember to rely on natural coping skills as well. To the people experiencing an abnormal amount of drowsiness or nausea, just remember it's temporary. It was totally effective for me, and my anxiety is moderate.

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February 6, 2015 8:38 PM

Review by Geo57 (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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8.0

I've been taking Zoloft and hydroxyzine for 5 months. I've been sober now for almost 8 years but was addicted to numerous meds off and on for 30 years, including Xanax, so I won't take benzos - Horrible withdrawal! My prescription was 25 mg as needed. That helped some, a little, I guess... Anyway, I found that if I take 25 mg early morning and again mid-afternoon it works. And it has never made me drowsy at all. Not even a little bit, so I guess it all depends on the individual.

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February 3, 2015 4:39 PM

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

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1.0

I have terrible anxiety, and my doctor prescribed this with Lamictal. I took it once to help bring me down from a massive anxiety attack and it knocked me down, but my anxiety elevated because my body was so weighed down but my mind was still panicking. I hated it, made everything worse, I could barely even speak in the 25mg dose.

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January 25, 2015 11:20 PM

Review by Anonymous (taken for 5 to 10 years):

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9.0

Vistaril (hydroxyzine): Every time I think I don't need this medicine I always go back to it. Now I found that with the Celexa it does not work as well.

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January 22, 2015 6:32 PM

Review by AunasMom:

Vistaril (hydroxyzine): I was prescribed this over Xanax because I breast feed and needed something safe to take for my extreme anxiety. I am bipolar so my levels of energy are usually very high and very anxious. I was unsure of this being able to calm me but it works great. I have experienced headaches from this medicine but I'll take that any day over my "high energy agitative states".

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January 12, 2015 9:52 AM

Review by Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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2.0

Has not helped with anixiety at all. Just makes me terribly sleepy, so I cannot take it during the day

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January 8, 2015 3:15 PM

Review by Rebecca1993:

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10

I was prescribed this medication for my anxiety and to help me sleep. I take one at night and I'm usually asleep within 30 minutes. The next day I find that I do take extra long to wake up but once I'm showered I'm fine. I wouldn't take it in the day as you most probably will fall asleep.

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January 7, 2015 2:30 PM

Review by Leane56:

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5.0

I take very little for anxiety , and it really helps me sleep at night, almost too much, but the next day I feel lethargic , tired, and rather depressed, I wish it didn't because otherwise it works.

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December 18, 2014 6:47 PM

Review by Mimilereaux (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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10

I had my first (and only so far) panic attack April 14,2014. I thought I was having a heart attack and had my husband take me to the E.R. After EKG was cleared the doctor gave me 2 Xanax and told me I suffered from a panic attack. I have not been the same since. I have had anxiety, arm pain and jaw pain (from tension), heart palpitations, hot flashes etc. I saw my doctor and she set me up with Hydroxyzine and it has been a life saver. 25mg up to 4 times A day as needed. I sleep great and function mostly every day normally. Every now and then I have a bad day , but very far and few between. 100% recommended to everyone.

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December 10, 2014 1:16 AM

Review by Brandy B (taken for less than 1 month):

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3.0

My doctor prescribed Hydroxyzine for my anxiety. I was taking it along with my antidepressant. WOW. This medicine turned me into a zombie. If I wasn't asleep, I was completely lethargic. After I stopped taking my antidepressant, I decided to take a Hydroxyzine to see if it would still make me super tired. YEP. It also made me extremely grumpy and impatient.

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December 5, 2014 7:54 PM

Review by JuneCountrygirl34 (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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8.0

Vistaril (hydroxyzine): I am 34/Female with marked panic attacks. I have health /doctor office anxiety. I have to say Vistaril has done wonders for me. It seemed to take a few weeks before I could really feel it's effects though. I have to keep a small amount in my system before it helps with a panic attack. I can take 1-2 25 mg pills 3 X a day as needed for anxiety. I usually take 1/2 of a 25 mg pill twice a day. When I feel an attack starting, I take another 1 to 1 1/2 pills. It stops the attack quickly. I feel like I've got my life back some, & it feels like a safety blanket. It does dry my mouth out though & I only recommend it for marked anxiety. I do not have any depression.

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November 26, 2014 9:28 PM

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