Could one substitute Diphenhydramine hcl for Atarax in the management of anxiety?
- 3 Sep 2013 by bainybear
- 4 Sep 2013
- atarax, allergies, anxiety, insomnia, sedation, generalized anxiety disorder, diphenhydramine, hydroxyzine, sleep, prescription
my prescription for hydroxyzine hcl 25mg (Atarax) just ran out and I wont be able to refill it for another 2 days. I am to be taking 3x/day for anxiety & 1x@bedtime for sleep. Atarax, being an antihistamine, could I in theory substitute some allergy medication to achieve the equivalent anti-anxiety relief? thanks in advance!
I used to take Ativan and now I take diphenhydramine instead just at night and it works well for me. I don't know about Atarax but I had some withdrawl from Ativan. That would be my only concern. But my doctor recommended the Benadryl and it works pretty good for me.
Why did you run out of atarax? Benadryl may help, but its not usually as good for anxiety as atarax.
I'm not sure that it will help your anxiety much? It is an antihistamine, used to treat allergies, and also used to help with sleep. Can your doctor prescribe a benzodiazepine for a couple of days?
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