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Reviews for Vistaril to treat Anxiety
Review by Cster (taken for 1 to 6 months):
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.
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.
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!
Review by Crazynurse1 (taken for less than 1 month):
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.
73 users found this comment helpful.
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.
34 users found this comment helpful.
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.
64 users found this comment helpful.
I have been on Xanax 3 times a day for years. Recently my blood pressure has been high and my BP medicine alone was not working but when I take Vistaril and metoprolol twice a day and my Xanax as I've been doing it definitely helps my blood pressure and anxiety!
42 users found this comment helpful.
I had severe anxiety, panic attacks...I worry all the time about everything, causing my blood pressure to skyrocket. I had been on blood pressure pills for 2 months but still having a heavy pressure in my chest/throat area, causing me to think I was having a heart attack. Doctor prescribed Vistaril 25mg x 2 day for anxiety. This helps me tremendously and I only have to take it once a day. Hope this helps answer some questions someone might have.
123 users found this comment helpful.
Review by Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month):
I have been on 20mg of Lexapro and 0.5mg of Xanax for about 4 years. It wasn't until last year I have been vomiting for no reason every morning even if I wasn't doing anything. After avoiding food and drinks nothing helped so I talked to my doctor and he got me set up on this medicine. I've never heard of it but for the past week I haven't thrown up since. I figured it was do to my anxiety when nothing helped and no I'm not pregnant I'm a male. Only downside for me is the drowsiness which like my other pills my body needs to get used to it first before I can actually function. All in all this medicine kept me from throwing up for about a week and I'm happy for that.
44 users found this comment helpful.
Review by socalgirl1 (taken for less than 1 month):
Made me very tired and sedated, slowed heart beat and felt like I forgot to breath. I took one 50mg pill and it didn't kick in for 45 mins. I'd rather take a 1mg Xanax for my panic attacks. Woke up in the morning extremely tired and foggy.
49 users found this comment helpful.
Review by Anonymous (taken for 6 months to 1 year):
I have generalized anxiety disorder. I had only been on Buspar before and it gave me horrible side effects. What I find with Vistaril is that it takes the edge off my anxiety, which means I can actually relax now sometimes the anxiety is not as chronic when I'm on it. I can handle high-stress situations better now, too, because the medicine makes it manageable and diminishes the physical symptoms of anxiety. It's been especially helpful in combination with therapy. And no side effects! Although it's not as effective when I start to feel panic symptoms, it has kept me from having full-blown panic attacks on multiple occasions.
77 users found this comment helpful.
Review by Anonymous (taken for 6 months to 1 year):
I have been taking Vistaril for the last 6 months. I use it for anxiety and trouble sleeping. It calms me down with no side effects, and when I take it in the evening for sleep I wake up feeling good. I've taken multiple drugs for sleep including, Restoril, trazadone, and Ambien. All of those caused me to have the "sleep hangover". I would have trouble waking up and would spend the whole day feeling as if the medications just wouldn't leave my system. Vistaril is the best medication I've found for anxiety and sleep. It allows me to take a few lower doses during the day and a higher dose at night to sleep. Highly recommended.
104 users found this comment helpful.
I recommend taking as prescribed, and the bottle usually says "take X amount every X hours". I think that having a steady stream of any medication is the only way to have it work. This medication's only side effect I have found is almost exactly like when one takes Benadryl, and only when you are first starting out on it. I am used to it now after 3 weeks and the only effect I notice is that my hands no longer shake and my mind is at ease. Much better and smoother than other meds like Xanax or Tramadol or Klonopin, etc., etc.
84 users found this comment helpful.
I am on Viibryd for depression and my doctor gave me Vistaril for some tension and anxiety. The first time I took it I felt ok until that night! I had so many weird dreams that I could not tell if I was awake or still sleeping! Then that morning I could NOT wake up for nothing. When I did get out of the bed I kept passing out and felt very lost and out of it. I know that medicine affects everyone different, this just isn't for me.
37 users found this comment helpful.
I love this medication. I've tried everything. This is something I only take as needed! If it makes you tired you are taking too much...in my opinion. I thank my doctor! I hated all other medicines because I was too lethargic! I'm sure some folks need to do something stronger as I have in the past but this works for me! Thanks
59 users found this comment helpful.
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