User Reviews for Hydroxyzine
Also known as: Atarax, Hyzine, Rezine, Vistaril, Vistazine
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Reviews for Hydroxyzine to treat Allergic Urticaria
"So I started taking this medication to help with poison ivy spreading and not being able to sleep because of it. I was prescribed for 5 days on the pill and on my 4th day I woke up to hives all over my stomach and pelvic area. I didn't think it was from the medication so I took it for the last day and it just got worse. It's not been a week and they hives haven't gone down, just got worse and spread more over my body. Really bad reaction and I never get allergic reactions to anything!"
Lesliejuliaa August 23, 2017
5 users found this comment helpful.
"I've been using hydroxyzine for 6 months for my Chronic hives, it's written every 6 hours, but I take it only twice a week as needed. I take it before bed time, it kicks in after 2 hours ,the itching will stop and most of the hives will go away by the time I fall asleep. But the next day when I try to wake up that is the awful part , I can't open my eyes, I feel heavy and super tired even if I slept for 8 hours it will feel like I never slept at all !! I wake up with no choice to go to work and I feel grumpy And angry and that's how it is for the entire day ,I hate taking this pill because it has those side effects but I have No other solution for my situation..hoping to find another antihistamine that will not have the same side effects.."
Gm.1 August 10, 2017
2 users found this comment helpful.
"I had chronic ideopathic urticaria for a 6 months before I found anything that remotely helped. Once I got on a cycle of of 40 mg hydroxyzine before bed and 150 mg ranitidine +5 mg of levocetirizine in the mornings I started to have noticeable improvement. After another 4 months my hives were completely gone. Of the three medicines, the hydroxyzine by far provided the biggest impact. This medicine stopped hives from forming during sleep and the anti-anxiety component definitely helped sooth my mood and get me to sleep more quickly. I will say that this medicine gives you some really wacky and vivid dreams. It also makes you feel very groggy after taking it, lasting well into the next morning. Those symptoms are worth it though."
Corb89 July 7, 2017
13 users found this comment helpful.
"This medication is only a sleeping pill and doesn't stop the itch, but gives you an itch all day. If you don't take zyrtec or similar med doing the day, you'll still be itching. This medicine is useless."
Soso bree March 19, 2017
6 users found this comment helpful.
Atarax (hydroxyzine): "I took 1 tablet of Atarax last night for my HIVES. I asked for an anti-histamine that can also help me to sleep bcos I have not been sleeping for 4 nights straight due to the itchiness from my hives. So this was suggested by my doctor. I managed to sleep through the night for over 9 hours - the alarm didn't manage to wake me until my 2nd super loud alarm! I was awake BUT I wasn't really AWAKE! I felt like I can doze off any second. Unless you want to sleep thru 24-hours maybe this is good for you but I won't be taking it the 2nd time. I felt horrible for the whole day! My mind was not functioning, I felt groggy, not alert at all, walk like zombie, it was just bad for me. I like to feel AWAKE! Not like this. My suggestion: Take with CAUTION!"
FeyFey September 30, 2016
18 users found this comment helpful.
"My Dr prescribed Hydroxyzine for my allergic reaction to dust mites and hives and began taking them at night. Best sleep I had in years but it actually increased my hives. It took me a month to figure out it was the Hydroxyzine that was causing my hives. Two days after I stopped taking it my hives subsided. After 4 days they are almost all gone. It may work for many people but not everyone."
Janedev March 28, 2016
18 users found this comment helpful.
"Itching, sick to my stomach, blood constantly in my nose, shakes, sore throat feel like I have a cold now. Cannot take antihistamines told doctor still insisted. My bites still itch and now I feel ill on a daily basis."
mmont55 July 3, 2015
14 users found this comment helpful.
"My itching just kept coming so bad it would keep me awake all night. Even increasing the dosage didn't stop it. I have had no rash just itch from head to toes. I have had to deal with this for over two years and it's driving me nuts constantly itching. Hydroxyzine don't work and neither does Benedryl."
Itching never stopped (taken for 1 to 2 years) June 26, 2015
17 users found this comment helpful.
"Had extreme hives all over my body from an allergic reaction. Took a single 25mg tablet of hydroxyzine about an hour before I went to sleep, and I was no longer itching by bedtime. When I woke up, there were no hives. They started to return at night time, so I took another tablet, and the cycle continued."
Ryan s April 21, 2014
54 users found this comment helpful.
"Right after my 2nd child was born in 1969, I found myself scratching till I bled and I was diagnosed with Urticaria I was prescribed hydroxyzine 10mg (Atarax) 3 times a day at first, but was soon able to pare that back to 1 x 10mg pill a day which I take in the morning. I have never had a problem with drowsiness. The only time I realize I have this condition is if I run out of the medication and don't take it for a few days, then the itching comes back, usually starting on the palms of my hands. I will probably take this medication for the rest of my life, but for me it has been a Godsend."
Lizzi6 (taken for 10 years or more) March 24, 2014
44 users found this comment helpful.
Vistaril (hydroxyzine): "Have taken Vistaril for nearly 30 years for hives that seem to be associated with exposure to hot/cold temperatures or emotional stress. A 5mg dose rapidly eliminates hives and has a lasting effect for 2-3 days. My doctor gives me an annual prescription for 30, 25mg tablets which I cut into four pieces. I only take 1/4 tablet therefore this very small dose completely resolves the hives for several days with minimal side effects consisting of slight drowsiness. For me, it is a marvelous medicine. Cost, even without insurance is extremely small."
Roachie (taken for 10 years or more) August 5, 2013
55 users found this comment helpful.
Atarax (hydroxyzine): "I was diagnosed with Urticaria at the age of 16 (in 1985 which just came out of the blue) and took an Atarax pill every 3-4 days when I felt the itchiness coming on. It worked 100%. Later in life they suggested I try some other antihistamine (Claritin), which I did and it worked but I have to take a pill every day so I went back to Atarax as I did not suffer from drowsiness (after taking it for so many years). Fortunately in 2011 the Urticaria disappeared and I no longer need any meds for it. If ever I get itchy skin again, Atarax will be my choice."
ItchyScratchy2 January 21, 2013
92 users found this comment helpful.
"My itching went down some after taking 10mg of hydroxizine, and that's good, but now I am totally awake, and will be for 36 hours or so, I can tell. That is how I react to Benadryl, but not to Allegra, which doesn't seem to affect my sleeping. The little bit of relief that I have gotten from taking it is not worth the complete loss of sleep. The prednisone I started today is working already, and I think I'll just take that plus Allegra until my rash goes away."
Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month) July 8, 2012
17 users found this comment helpful.
"I was prescribed hydroxyzine 25 mg (one or two tablets at bedtime) for a very itchy rash. I have also had insomnia for years, it is not unusual for it to take 3 or 4 hours for me to fall asleep. The first time I took this medicine I was sound asleep within an hour after taking it, and I slept through the night. I have been taking it for about 2 months and wish I had known about it sooner."
2sleepy December 28, 2011
33 users found this comment helpful.
"I have insomnia and it is made worse by a rash that wakes me up because I itch so badly. The first time I took this was the first time I slept through the night in a very long time"
Anonymous November 3, 2011
26 users found this comment helpful.
"I have been suffering from rashes, bumps, and itches on my hands and legs for about 15 years during which time I have been to 7 skin specialist and allergists: nothing except palliative (and messy) creams and covering my hands with 6-8 bandaids at a time. Then I found a new doctor who prescribed hydroxyzine and fexofenadine. Two days later 99% of the problem was gone. It flares up when I eat any meats with preservatives (sodium nitrate and sodium phosphate) and berries with small seeds (figs, raspberries, strawberries, blue berries, etc). Drowsiness was never a problem but it would have been a worthwhile trade-off not to spend most of my waking hours itching, creaming up and then covering with bandaids."
Anonymous August 11, 2010
34 users found this comment helpful.
Vistaril (hydroxyzine): "My Doctor diagnosed me with dermatographia, and prescribed Singulair and Alavert. The condition lessened, but did not go away. I would still break out into hives on a daily basis, though they were not as frequent and covered a smaller portion of my body. After a few months, she prescribed Vistaril in place of Alavert, and kept me on the Singulair. Almost immediately, I noticed a significant change! For the first time in months, I went an entire day without any hives - though I had to take the capsule four times a day. If I took fewer capsules, my hives would come back. I did experience severe drowsiness and a slight "euphoric" feeling, but it lessened over time."
Anonymous June 6, 2010
45 users found this comment helpful.
"This medicine saved my sanity, if not my life! Months of unexplained pressure hives all over my body had my nerves absolutely shot. I won't go into the details, but after MANY doctors and countless tests, I finally found a doctor who wanted me to try Atarax, 50 mg 4 times a day. I was willing to try anything!! The drowsiness was difficult to deal with for a long time but the hives had pretty much met their match. I can tell if I'm late taking one or if I've forgotten altogether. I can't live without them!"
Anonymous May 28, 2010
41 users found this comment helpful.
"Hydroxyzine has worked great for my allergic reactions. I have been fighting these allergies for 8 years now. I have tried everything form Benedryl to prescription allergy medicines. Nothing has worked for me except the hydroxyzine. I have been taking it for 4 months now and have only had very mild if any skin irritations since I began taking it. The drowsiness has not affected me at all."
Anonymous December 8, 2009
25 users found this comment helpful.
"Hydroxyzine has been the magic bullet for my skin allergies. I've tried every over-the-counter option, as well as a couple of prescriptions. I was warned that hydroxyzine might make me more sleepy and wiped out than the other drugs, but for me it has nearly no sedative effect. My hives, which used to appear over much of my body for several hours a day, stay away almost completely."
Trent Blurbo December 4, 2009
31 users found this comment helpful.
Atarax (hydroxyzine): "I've had seriously awful hives and angioedema for 3 months and tried everything on my own to lessen my symptoms, even taking Benadryl around the clock. I went to my doctor who prescribed this and warned it would make me drowsy when I took it. For the first time in 3 months I've had hardly any hives (though they aren't completely gone, but much easier to handle) and I wasn't drowsy at all (maybe because I'm used to taking all the Benadryl and fighting drowsiness). I haven't had any side effects."
Hivey May 29, 2009
106 users found this comment helpful.
"1 tablet 25 mg of hydroxyzine can control urticaria for a minimum of 3 days but for 2 days I have to sleep. Very effective for urticaria but the drowsiness side effect is hard especially for active, working women."
Avanthi April 10, 2009
30 users found this comment helpful.
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