User Reviews for Vistaril
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Reviews for Vistaril to treat Anxiety
Review by Joshx17 (taken for 1 to 2 years):
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 Dyl Dyl (taken for less than 1 month):
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 Tryphosa:
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 RadioVirus:
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:
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 tmanawo (taken for 1 to 6 months):
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):
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 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.
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April 1, 2014 4:03 PM
Review by Dale C:
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):
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):
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 crimson heart:
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 mikeswife10 (taken for 1 to 6 months):
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!
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December 21, 2013 1:33 PM
Review by toomuchdrama:
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
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December 19, 2013 10:19 PM
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.
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November 26, 2013 7:54 AM
Review by Christine T.:
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.
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November 7, 2013 2:54 PM
Review by BuddhaPaSai (taken for 1 to 6 months):
It doesn't eliminate all of the anxiety, but it takes the big edge off, enough for you to calm down on your own.
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September 28, 2013 3:10 PM
Review by Aallred:
I have been on Vistaril for several weeks. I have a bad anxiety disorder that gave me panic attacks and makes me shake. My best experience was with this medicine.
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September 18, 2013 3:05 PM
Review by Staci1011:
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!
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September 16, 2013 11:03 AM
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.
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May 22, 2013 11:37 AM
Review by Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months):
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.
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May 7, 2013 8:21 AM
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March 23, 2013 12:14 AM
Review by Amee Joe (taken for 1 to 6 months):
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.
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March 20, 2013 4:48 AM
Review by agora (taken for less than 1 month):
Take as directed x amount x times a day. Has helped me BETTER than Ativan. Also am on Prozac 20 mg a day.
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February 27, 2013 10:31 PM
Review by knitchick (taken for less than 1 month):
Worked while I was in-patient but wasn't offered it once I left. Did make me groggy but helped take the focus off the physical symptoms of anxiety.
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February 21, 2013 6:19 PM