I have trouble sleeping and occasional anxiety attacks. For sleep, I was taking half of a .25 Xanax and a whole one or one and a half for an anxiety attack. It is the only thing that works. Today, my doctor prescribed me hydroxyzine and said it would work as well as Xanax. Does anyone know if it does?
Hello beachwriter. I disagree with your doctor. Xanax will be a much better choice for your anxiety. The drug was created for that purpose. Unlike the Hydro. which might only help you to sleep, but will do little if anything for your anxiety. Down side, Xanax is and can be addictive. Best of wishes, pledge
A couple years ago my psychiatrist prescribed me Hydroxyzine, for me it just takes the edge off, but not much. Hydroxyzine is used as a sedative to treat anxiety and tension. It is also used together with other medications given for anesthesia.
He has me on Ativan 0.5 mg twice a day daily it helps. I have anxiety real bad as well as panic attacks. At one point my psych had no problem in prescribing hydroxyzine with Xanax. I would ask your doctor and go from there.
You take care.
I have to agree with the other's. My doctor mentioned prescribing hydroxyzine for sleep to me the other day. I, too, have severe anxiety/panick attacks and take klonipin for them. But I used to take Xanax for them, and, in my opinion, think Xanax would be the better of the two. Good luck to you, and wish you nothing but peace and happiness. May this work out well for you. Ruthie
Please inform your self about benzos and the side effects and withdraws. I started xanax.lowest dose for sleep. I had active nightmares,screaming, talking in my sleep. Doc perscribed and I LOVED it! Blessed peaceful sleep. I dont dream at all at night now.But my anxiety during the day started. Doc said take a pill..25 mg was my dose. 1 year later I had problems drifting off to sleep and my doc upped my dose to 1 mg. 3 x aday. I switched doctors when I moved and new doctor was horrified that I was on such a high dose and told me I needed to ween off them. I didn't like this doctor much and thought she was over reacting. But I went home and started researching,Now Im the one horrified! NO ONE told me that 2 weeks is the recommended time for taking benzos. Its been over 3 years now for me, and I have been weening down and having horrible withdraws.
I beg you to take something other than benzos for your sleep problems before they take hold of your brain.I dont mean to scare you,but at this point I dont know if I will be able to get off them.My short term memory is gone, Your brain actually shrinks with this drug. I'm so pissed at my old doctor. I never abused xanex. I dont know how long you have been taking them, but be careful going off them. lower your dose gradually every3 weeks.Find a good doc to help you. I wake up with my brain shaking in my head every morning. The w/ds are horrible.
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