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User Reviews for Hydroxyzine

Also known as: Atarax, Hyzine, Rezine, Vistaril, Vistazine

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Hydroxyzine Rating Summary

5.9/10 Average Rating

346 Ratings with 287 User Reviews

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Reviews for Hydroxyzine to treat Anxiety

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"I have been taking hydroxyzine for social phobia and chronic anxiety and panic attacks for over 7 years. It is the only med that has helped. I tried everything! Helps with sleep. Works like a Xanax and klonopin where you take as needed. But I also take at night for sleep. I would definitely recommend!!!!"

   
10

Amonzo (taken for 5 to 10 years) July 24, 2016

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Vistaril (hydroxyzine): "I have just started this med. This is day 3 of taking it and it has not helped with anxiety at all. In some ways it makes it worse. It clouds my head and not being able to think heightens my anxiety. It does although put me to sleep within a couple hours (Zzzquil does that job better though), but the anxiety stays present."

   
1.0

Jehremy (taken for less than 1 month) July 20, 2016

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"Ice been taking hydroxy 50mg for a month now for anxiety and it does calm me down and not to mention the itching every where i get on my body when being anxious. Love it i usually try and take it at bed time only cuz it does knock me out"

   
8.0

Cholostryanxious July 18, 2016

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"I suffer from extreme panic attacks when being alone and I feel that all this medication did was make me extremely drowsy. The first two days I took this medication, all I could do and wanted to do was lie around. I had no motivation to do much and I felt on edge. Although it gave me a calming affect and helped my anxiety a little, I wish this wouldn't make me so drowsy. Will talk to doctor and hopefully be prescribed something different."

   
4.0

Warhawk1997 July 16, 2016

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"I was recently diagnosed with anxiety, like 1 month ago. I really thought I was going to die, anxiety was the worst thing that ever happened to me, it frustrated me to hear the doctors say just deep breath your not going to die, like they truly didn't understand the feeling, anxiety is the worst feeling ever, I cried 3 days straight constantly feeling like the air was being taken from me and just depressed it was hard to describe the amount of emotions I felt. My doctor prescribed this medication and to be honest it's the best thing that ever happened to me. From now and then I can feel my chest tightening but never as severe. I just want to let those who feel helpless know if I got through it you can to be strong you can do it"

   
8.0

mixie (taken for less than 1 month) July 12, 2016

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"I started taking this about a month ago because my anxiety gradually got so bad that I didn't sleep for a week. The first few nights it worked amazingly but it was difficult to wake up but then I'd be very alert and awake all day. However, my doctor told me to take it twenty minutes before bed and I would not feel the effect until much later. I actually took my dose about 40 mins ago and I'm just now starting to relax."

   
6.0

sleeplessdove July 11, 2016

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"Was prescribed hydroxyzine originally by a doctor who saw me in an ER for a panic attack. Since taking hydroxyzine everything has gotten worse. Even though I've stopped taking it, I'm still not back to where I was. Since taking hydroxyzine, I've hit an a new low & I'm having trouble coming back from it. While on hydroxyzine I thought I was going insane. Seeing things, hearing voices telling me to kill myself, paranoid to the point that I felt like people were following me & out to get me, started smoking, barely slept & always felt like a ticking time bomb. Quit my job outta nowhere because I couldn't handle anymore stress, getting outta bed every day was too hard. This medicine is horrible. Wouldn't recommend to anyone with depression/anxi"

   
1.0

akabrit94 (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 10, 2016

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"I've dealt with severe panic disorder my whole life, if i feel on the edge i will take the hydroxzine and it will take my anxiety down and help me rest. The down side is if i go into a severe panic attack it does nothing for me. I had to go to court so i took six 50mg (every 2 hours) it had no effect because i hate standing in front of people, i was still panicking. Where i live (and probably most places now) people take advantage of benzodiazepine and other drugs so no doctor will prescribe them to me. I am the exact person that needs them and i will not take advantage. I have never tried xanax because I don't take anything that's not prescribed to me, but I'm curious to see if it would work because I'm desperate."

   
5.0

anxiety ridden 04 July 9, 2016

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Vistaril (hydroxyzine): "I have been struggling my entire life with mental health issues that I didn't realize were there. I have extreme anxiety and have always found it so hard to talk to people with out stuttering and feeling stupid. I experimented many different meds Vistaril seriously changed my life. I am so much happier and so much calmer than I've ever been, I feel like a new person."

   
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Finally over July 3, 2016

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"I'm prescribed 3 max MG a day for 5 years and it never has worked for me . I freak out all the time but the Dr I think gets some sort of deal due to they still want me to take them."

   
4.0

nervous wreck 101 July 3, 2016

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Vistaril (hydroxyzine): "This medication coupled with a benzodiazepine is wonderful. It makes your body feel better and is non addicting."

   
7.0

Foxtrotz (taken for 6 months to 1 year) June 24, 2016

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Atarax (hydroxyzine): "It works very well for me as a rescue medicine. If taken mid panic attack it definitely helps to calm me; however, if I take it before I am going to be in a situation that I know will cause anxiety it doesn't have much of an effect to keep me from having an attack. It definitely makes me sleepy."

   
6.0

For the birds June 17, 2016

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"I got a little nervous after talking to hey friend I haven't seen in over a year and as soon as I took the pill after about a minute I felt great."

   
10

Toby master June 14, 2016

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"Started this med two weeks ago. I have anxiety and bi polar and I'm on 25mg twice a day as needed, I've taken all but one dose since prescribed. It has helped me a lot. I have been a lot less irritable, I've had less muscle tension and plainly more functional day to day. I definitely still have a good bit of anxiety but this has made a noticable difference. I have had no side effects at all which is a miracle since I usually get every single side effect to every med I take. Hoping to move up a dose soon to see if that helps. Love this medicine."

   
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Econ June 12, 2016

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"I asked for this medication on advice from a person who said it worked great. I have Xanax for anxiety from perimenopause and didn't want to rely on a benzo when things get really bad. I only take Xanax very rarely but thought if there was something non addictive that would help, that would be great. I regret taking the first 10mg pill. I felt like I was having my heart racing in my sleep after taking the pill at bedtime. I woke groggy and out of it. It is now the next day and I am a walking zombie with anxiety and dizziness. I feel like I can't function and when I tried to nap, I could feel my heart racing again. I feel so out of it and just found out that this will not leave my system for up to 40 hours. I feel disconnected and blah."

   
1.0

jellybeans529 (taken for less than 1 month) June 10, 2016

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"Just woke up from sleep, for the 6th time in the space of an hour. This thing give me weird dreams, and I'm not joking by that. I almost felt I was developing schizophrenia. It seems to blur the distinction between the dream state and reality: I was asleep but I could still move, although in a very slow, paralyzed manner. The interactions with people in my dreams were insanely vivid. This is not the first time, but the dreams have never been this wild! Tired, but scared to go back to sleep. Oh, it does help with slowing down the body and relaxing muscle, but it seems to wear off as quickly as it sets on."

   
3.0

Larklans June 7, 2016

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"Not for everyone... BUT; I myself had a great experience with this drug. I was prescribed for my anxiety (mostly at night before bed) and it works wonderfully. Not a "high" feeling whatsoever, but simply relaxed, maybe a bit drowsy, but definitely not high. Great for anxiety, but everyone's different."

   
8.0

Anxiety/Depression (taken for 1 to 6 months) June 2, 2016

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"Due to family illnesses, family addictions and marital problems I had been having severe anxiety and panic attacks that seemed to be getting worse and I was having difficulty sleeping at night. I was prescribed 50mg Hydroxyzine up to 3 times a day as needed for anxiety. After about 10 mins of taking my first dose it was as if someone snapped there fingers and the weight of the world was finally lifted off my chest and I could breath. This really helped melt away my anxiety. I didn't feel numb or drugged but I felt relaxed. It was like a heavy, and grounded feeling. I did sleep a lot the first two days I took it but I feel like that was due to my body finally getting to catch up on some much needed rest. I feel like in have my life back :-)"

   
9.0

Mandy1987 (taken for less than 1 month) May 29, 2016

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"I was prescribed this at a in patient drug rehab center. They wouldn't allow me to stay on my klonopin or any other"Benzos". I ended up being very sick and the rehab center sent me out to hospital after I had a seziure from withdrawal. The hospitalI was put in gave me a shot of valium. Then by mouth they put me on phenobarbital. Anyhow, the hydroxyzine did nothing for me personally. I never abused my klonopins or urgeso many people dying by taking handfuls of them is making it hard to find a psychiatrist who should know not all people on klonopin,xanax, etc. have anxiety they taste it for a buzz or to sell. It makes it hard on is who really do have panic/anxiety disorders, and P.T.S.D. I think hydroxyzine is nothing better then a benadryl."

   
2.0

MYKIDSAREMYLIFE04280610 (taken for 2 to 5 years) May 5, 2016

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"It didn't have much effect the first 2 nights but , after that I've had the most vivid dream state i have ever experienced & stay asleep throughout the entire night , sometimes I wake up well rested and there are times I wake up really drowsy. It kinda helps me calm down at night I haven't taken any during the day because I don't want to fall asleep during the day but overall it helps me a lot. Better than any other medication for insomnia that I have taken."

   
8.0

geny-r. (taken for less than 1 month) May 5, 2016

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"Hydroxyzine and Benadryl saved my life!!! I took a trip for 4 months to Wisconsin. In the last month I was full blown with panic, sense of fear, insomnia, fear of being alone! I thought it must be from stress, but I was wrong! I left that state and returned to Florida, my home land, and again the insane anxiety, and after 2 trips to ER I was prescribed hydroxyzine. Walla my suicidal thoughts were gone! And now I can sense the symptoms coming and I pop a pill of either and I'm good. ❤"

   
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Brito May 5, 2016

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"This med is so wrong for me that i had tightness in both sides of my chest i freaked out .I am bi-polar and anxiety is very hard to live with. My chest got tight then it went in to a panic attack .Let it be used for what its meant for NOT FOR ME!!!!!"

   
1.0

T .KING (taken for less than 1 month) May 5, 2016

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Atarax (hydroxyzine): "I was prescribed Atarax taking 25mg up to 3x daily or as needed. The first few days it made me groggy and want to sleep and experience very vivid dreams and nightmares. After a few days the grogginess went away and it actually helped me function while having high anxiety and helped to calm me. I still experience nightmares more often than I'd like to but I'd rather be functioning daily so I keep taking it"

   
7.0

Happy4me May 5, 2016

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"I have only been taking this medicine for 3 days now but I am extremely sensitive to medication so I usually know quite quickly how it effects me. It makes me extremely drowsy and also makes the bottom half of my face feel slightly numb. I also feel like I am about to pass out frequently which is not great. I hope it evens out after a while. It was prescribed to me to take the place of Xanax and to help me sleep. I was prescribed 25mg to take 1-2 twice daily as needed. I have already cut it down to 1 once a day about an hour before I go to bed. It does help me sleep, but it makes it difficult to wake up in the morning. It also helps with my anxiety."

   
5.0

Kat in a box April 29, 2016

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"I was given this for my anxiety. I take it when I feel a really bad spell and 15 min later I am calmed down and can function again. I absolutely love it. It does not make me sleepy but I have seemed to have gotten more vivid dreams since being on it."

   
9.0

pillowz1109 (taken for 1 to 2 years) April 29, 2016

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