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User Reviews for Hydroxyzine to treat Anxiety

Also known as: Vistaril, ...show all 10 brand namesAtarax, Vistaril IM, Hyzine, Vistaject-50, Rezine, Vistacon, Vistacot, Vistazine, Vistazine 50

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5.6/10 Average Rating
613 Ratings with 554 User Reviews

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"I was taking hydroxyzine hcl 25 mg for anxiety....but all it did was make it worse and to me when I was coming down off the medication I would go back into a full panic attack. On the medication it makes you hallucinate and seeing and hearing things. I stop taking it immediately. Currently trying to get on another medication."

   
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Britt February 16, 2019

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"hydroxyzine has been so helpful for me. I just started college and took a public speaking class. I was having severe panic attacks, it really helped me to be more relaxed when going up in front of strangers. I also have insomnia and I have taken many over the counter drugs. I've also taken ambian. I stopped taking that because of the side effects so I started taking benadryl it helped for awhile until it didn't. Since I've been taking hydroxyzine I've slept well. I think the best thing about this drug is that it is not habit forming it helps with both insomnia and stress and anxiety."

j.o. (taken for 1 to 6 months) February 13, 2019

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"I have no idea what doctors are thinking, prescribing 25 mg and more of this stuff to people. 2.5 mg is perfect for my anxiety. I take a quarter of a 10 mg pill as needed and get instant relief from anxiety and all of my other neurological symptoms of chronic lyme disease. This stuff calms everything right down, but in tiny doses it's still effective without leaving you on the couch all day like that first 50 mg dose did for me. This has stopped so many panic attacks for me. Why they don't come in 2.5 mg tablet is beyond me."

   
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User73 (taken for 2 to 5 years) February 12, 2019

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"Nightmares is all this medication did for me, I do not recommend it. Doctors who prescribe these could care less about your well being. This medication is garbage , I can't believe a doctor would give 3 a day , for what ??? If its prescribed for sleep why take during the day? I think doctors should take this medication before prescribing to anyone."

   
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Tj (taken for less than 1 month) January 25, 2019

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Atarax (hydroxyzine): "This should only be taken for acute anxiety. It’s extremely effective for stopping panic attacks and excessive worrying, but it is not good to take if you have to complete tasks. It utterly floors you. If you’ve experienced a traumatic event and do not mind being less functional, it will help greatly, especially if you want to get some sleep. But do not take this regularly before work or exercise. I’m a bodybuilder and run quite a lot, but I only take the medication afterward. I would not recommend long-term use, but I’ve been going on 5 years and it is still astoundingly effective when I start panicking and getting irritable. I usually just take it a couple hours before sleeping or earlier if I’m panicking. So, effective as hell, but floors you, but you will not be dysfunctional or overly foggy. It’s effectiveness is actually on par with Xanax, but there is no euphoria or risk for addiction, which is common in anxiety patients."

   
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JBreezy1 January 25, 2019

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"I was prescribe this medication for my anxiety along with 600 mg ibuprofen it helps relax me and sleep better but I sleep for a long time and find it hard to wanna get up. I think marijuana smokers shouldn’t smoke while taking this medication it caused me hallucinations and paranoias"

   
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Tamara (taken for less than 1 month) January 16, 2019

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"I’ve been on this med 10mg for a few months now. It’s helped me sleep and works well for my anxiety. I take this with Lexapro and I feel great. I can take 4 times a day if I need to or I only have to take once maybe twice depends on how my day goes."

   
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Shera January 13, 2019

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"Took a half of pill of 25mg Hydroxizine HCL around 1pm . Knocked out at 6 pm . I heard my baby crying (waking up) and I couldn't even open my eyes or move . It's like my body was too knocked out to get up when I wanted to . Upon forcing myself out of the deep sleep I guess is what gave me that groggy feeling . The mini hangover as if I needed to hydrate myself . I'm going to try it again today but I'm only going to take half of the half of pill.(yip that's a quarter of a pill). Thank God I didn't take the whole 25mg . Idk what would've happened to me . It did help my racing thoughts but nothing the nervousness and knots in my stomach but I will keep trying as small amount then maybe build myself up . Benadryl works way better than this for me and when it does knock me out I'm able to get up when I want to but benadryl severely drys me out and dehydrates me and dry mouth."

   
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Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month) January 8, 2019

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Vistaril (hydroxyzine): "I have restlessness, ADHD and a little anxiety. I've taken MANY different meds. I find Vistaril works better than anything else I've ever tried. I highly recommend it!"

Tigger (taken for 6 months to 1 year) January 4, 2019

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Atarax (hydroxyzine): "I was prescribed this for anxiety, was SUPPOSED to take it 3 times a day or as needed, I took ONE pill at 7:30 pm and was in bed within the hour and slept till 9:30 am the next morning and the next day I just kept falling asleep all day! What makes me so mad is I told my doctor what worked for me and she INSISTED on giving me this sedative instead I was a stay at home mom to a child that was a year old at the time this was given to me and I told her this, knowing that she gave me a straight up sedative that she told me to take 3 times a day and at night to help me sleep, thats NOT what I needed needless to say I took one of these and never took another one. I have anxiety I don't need to be in a coma and I need something that will allow me to take care of my child, I have been on benzos for several years and NOTHING has ever put me out like this did. Do NOT take this and expect to function let alone take care of your kids especially if your at home ALONE!! Thanks but no thanks!!"

   
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This stuff is JUNK (taken for less than 1 month) January 2, 2019

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"Was prescribed for mild anxiety 25mg and instructed to take every 8 hours / as needed. It made me too drowsy when I took it during the day to treat the anxiety, almost like a strong benadryl. So I started taking it before bed just to test it and to test if it would help my insomnia and wow, I haven’t slept this good in years!!! It also helps me during the day to feel more calm and even though I take it before bed. Been taking it for a little under two months. So far so good."

   
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L (taken for 1 to 6 months) December 27, 2018

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"Well it did its job. It took away my nausea and stopped an active anxiety attack but it knocked me out. I have emetophobia which is the phobia of vomiting. Once I get a stomach ache it's a battle for me to stop the anxiety attack that is most likely going to happen. I did have some really messed up dreams and got cold sweats. I don't sleep well so I don't know if it was just from being knocked out and in a deep deep sleep or what."

   
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M.Mac (taken for less than 1 month) December 23, 2018

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"I was prescribed this for anxiety at night. It did help me to fall asleep, but it didn't do anything for anxiety. I thought the fatigue and drowsiness would go away the next day, but it's almost a week later, and I am still exhausted. Would much rather take an OTC sleep aid or regular Benadryl than this med."

   
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marsbar December 19, 2018

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"Been on this med for about one month now off of it for about 5 days. Experiencing more anxiety. Worst I felt in a long time."

   
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Boo (taken for 1 to 6 months) December 19, 2018

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"Same story as the rest, was on benzos that cure anxiety, switched and no relief from this stuff. It is none addictive, but what does it matter if anxiety attacks happen so often? This company is reaping reward for a drug marketed for anxiety but doesn't do anything for anxiety. "

   
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Anonymous (taken for 6 months to 1 year) November 30, 2018

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"Hydroxyzine is the most worthless medicine I've ever taken! I suffer from real bad anxiety always have and my doctor gives me this. My Anxiety is so bad that I just can't cope! Pounding heart, shakes, scared all the time I can't even describe what I go through! I don't believe people on here saying that it works so well! Bull! Lies all lies! Klonopin is the only thing that helps me just a little. But now there on this kick about how terribly this drug is and won't prescribe it anymore. I hope some day they go through what I do every day!"

   
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Leprechaun (taken for 6 months to 1 year) November 30, 2018

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"Hydroxyzine is quite possibly the worst medication for anxiety, in my opinion. It did nothing to calm me down. In fact, it made more anxious, jittery, and extremely irritable. It acted like a stimulant rather than a sedative. It's frustrating when you know there are medications out there that are truly effective, but no one will prescribe them. My experience with hydroxyzine has been negative all around."

   
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Mac (taken for less than 1 month) November 2, 2018

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"I am bipolar, ADHD, and have severe anxiety. I take this when I started getting my anxiety attacks. Chest pains are the worst. I take it at night because it makes me tired. And I continue taking it every night until I don't have any more anxiety the following days. Sometimes it takes about 3-4 days before the panic attacks are calm for a while."

   
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Kwolf0324 (taken for 1 to 2 years) October 31, 2018

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"Given this for tension due to anxiety from MDD. Works very well. Even better than Xanax and lasts longer too. Good stuff."

   
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moreluvr (taken for less than 1 month) October 25, 2018

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"I've been on this drug for two weeks 25 mg every 6 hours as needed for my anxiety and its been great! I do get extra sleepy after to the point where I can't function, but other than that its really helped me. I can actually get up and go to work. Also, whenever I feel an attack coming on at work I take it and it kicks in within minutes. I have tried 4 other anxiety meds that didn't work it made me worse, I'm so relieved and happy I found this. Good luck and hang in there :)"

   
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Lani (taken for less than 1 month) October 24, 2018

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"Good medication, helps with moderate/mild anxiety. First couple times that I took the medication it made me very sleepy but my body has adjusted and it is a very good as needed medication for anxiety. One side effect that I do have is I get very hot if I take a nap after taking the medication and I wake up sweaty."

   
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Em (taken for 1 to 6 months) October 22, 2018

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Vistaril (hydroxyzine): "Little effect if under 100mg(for me) and even then I'm just slightly sedated. Semi kinda works. Placebo or not idk. BTW anyone looking for advice on meds for anxiety, avoid any GABA agonist for these are addictive meds known to cause 'rebound anxiety."

   
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B (taken for less than 1 month) October 5, 2018

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"Blood pressure very high along with Anxiety due to immediate cessation of tramadol for Spinal Stenosis. 42 hours without sleep until the doctor prescribed hydroxyzine HCL 25 mg. Slept like a baby and blood pressure back to normal."

   
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John (taken for less than 1 month) October 4, 2018

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"Taking 300mg a day, no relief of anxiety just drowsiness and I'm aware of when my panic attacks come on now. This is in combination with Iexapro and propanlol. Cause more issues than it's helping for sure. Nightmares, and muscle spasms. Not worth the gel capsules they make it with"

   
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joegooncbj (taken for 1 to 6 months) October 1, 2018

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"I wish I could answer Chloe and tell her "Why go off a med that has been effective and is not a narcotic, I don't think it can hurt you so dang it just take it and Salute to you!" AS for me, it doesn't do anything. Maybe I haven't taken it long enough. I would certainly not judge it by my limited experience. Plus meds never act in predictable ways for me."

   
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Oh Gosh September 20, 2018

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