I have actually heard this before with some antihistamines and with hydroxyzine. It tends to cause vivid dreams and for some people it induces nightmares. This effect usually stops after time on a the drug (anywhere from a few days to a few weeks). Sometimes I think since it causes drowsiness and it puts people into REM sleep where we dream, this is why it occurs. It may help you to avoid watching certain TV shows or avoid reading certain books before sleep. Opt for comedies or pleasant reading material rather than high action drama etc.
I know it's a late response, but I had to comment! Atarax gave me horrible nightmares! It got to the point where I needed the medicine for anxiety, but when it came time for bed, I was literally scared to fall asleep! I am 100% sure it was the atarax. I finally decided to deal with the anxiety in other ways, because it wasn't worth the horrible nights I was having! Of course, once I stopped taking them, no more nightmares.
I have been taking Atarax for about a week to help me sleep and for my anxiety. I also have been having vivid dreams every night since taking the medication. I wold not call them nightmares, more like visions about all the things I have been thinking about. The dreams are so crystal-clear and in such detail. I also experienced having vivid dreams taking hydrocodone. I was taking the medication after I was injured at work for a few months but I am no longer taking it. With the hydrocodone I was actually having nightmares and the thing was, I was not fully asleep. I was semi conscious. It’s like I was having nightmares being awake. And I could not move. The difference when taking Atarax, I am in a deep sleep and the dreams are not scary just very vivid. Like a spiritual experience. And no, I am not taking it with any other medications or drugs.
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