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Reviews for Vistaril to treat Anxiety
Review by Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month):
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.
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.
35 users found this comment helpful.
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.
15 users found this comment helpful.
Review by riverstyxxx (taken for less than 1 month):
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.
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.
13 users found this comment helpful.
I have used Xanax for the past 15 years for severe anxiety and panic attacks...recently my doctor wanted me to try Vistaril in stead..it does NOTHING for my symptoms...going to go back to what I know works!
28 users found this comment helpful.
Was given Vistaril 25mg for anxiety during pregnancy for traumatic events that were affecting my unborn son. Makes me pretty sleepy but it has taken the sharp painful edge off my anxiety within 24 hrs. I have noticed my unborn son has stopped being so painfully active and has returned to normal activity and
Heart rate has returned to normal
14 users found this comment helpful.
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.
33 users found this comment helpful.
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.
38 users found this comment helpful.
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!
25 users found this comment helpful.
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.
86 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.
44 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.
79 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!
49 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.
141 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.
49 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.
54 users found this comment helpful.
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