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User Reviews for Hydroxyzine to treat Pruritus

Also known as: Vistaril

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7.0/10 Average Rating
29 Ratings with 29 User Reviews

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Reviews for Hydroxyzine

"I do NOT recommend this for allergies or itchy skin. Or, at all based on my experience! I was prescribed 25 mg (2 tablets a night) in November 2018. I began noticing that I seemed angrier, more anxious, and more prone to big mood swings. Awful!! I finally called the doctor today and she admitted hydroxyzine can cause these symptoms! UGH! The sad part is the drug maker doesn't name any of these symptoms in the possible side effects section. Please stay away from this medicine as it could make you more anxious, angry, and emotional. I will return to Zyrtec, Eucerin lotion, and almond oil after showering for my itchy skin. Please be aware and best wishes!!"

Anita (taken for 1 to 6 months) February 8, 2019

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"Have had intense itching, especially at nite, since being diagnosed with RA in 2013. I had my RA in remission primarily through gluten free, mainly vegan diet until three days ago when I took my first dose of Hydroxyzine 25 mg. Oh WOW how this antihistimine drug makes my body scream in pain. As soon as I feel better I will have to revisit the itching dilemna. In the meantime, it's probably curtains for me with the hydroxyzine!!"

   
1.0

LisaD (taken for less than 1 month) March 28, 2018

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"I'm 64. I was badly bitten by mosquitos last October, and this seems to have triggered extreme itching of my back, abdomen, scalp and - er - undercarriage. My GP precribed Loratidine and a menthol cream with absolutely no effect. Now we are trying Atarax and Eurax cream. The sedative effect of the Atarax gave me a good night's sleep last night, but itching cometh again in the morning. Will I be cursed with this for ever? My back looks as if I have been in a fight with a barbed wire fence. With hot-flushy menopause skin, I don't like using a cream..."

Pruritis March 2, 2017

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"I have uncontrollable itching and have had it for about 2 months now. At first my psychiatrist thought it was one of my psych meds then my diabetic doctor believed that it was one of my diabetes medications. I'm no longer on the Psych Med or diabetic medications that could have been causing the itchiness. The itchiness has not gone away. For the past four nights I have been taking this medication and the itchiness has been better at night but I've been sleeping 11 to 12 hours and having a hard time functioning during the day. I hope the doctors can figure out something else that will help the itching go away."

   
6.0

Itchy lady November 19, 2016

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Atarax (hydroxyzine): "I was prescribed this medication after a burn injury. My scars caused intensive itching! I was ordered to take two tablets by mouth four times a day as needed for itching. Initially after my accident the medicine helped. I didn't really notice the side effects because I was on pain medication as well. Now here we are six months after my accident. last night I had a really bad itching episode. I could not sleep. I decided to take the two Atarax. I slept through the entire night and the next day. I woke up to a text message after text message from coworkers and my boss wondering why I didn't show to work!"

   
7.0

Kenya05 October 17, 2016

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"Was prescribed 25mg tablets to treat poison oak discomfort. I have since tripled the recommended dose and still feel itchy as ever. No side effects have been noted either."

   
1.0

Willdo80 September 2, 2016

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"I have taken Hydroxyzine for around 30 years for chronic itchy skin and insomnia. I take it only once a day - at 6pm - and go to bed at 10pm. I take only 10mg, but also about 1.5mg of Temazepam (i.e. a bit broken off a 10mg pill) before going to bed. I get about 6.5 hours sleep usually. The down side of Hydroxyzine is that it makes one feel dopey for around 12 hours and affects short term memory in this period. However, for itching there is no other drug that is so effective."

   
9.0

Adam Pynacker (taken for 10 years or more) May 4, 2016

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"I started taking this medicine when I was about 7 because I had severe eczema. My doctor only prescribed me 25mg at first because of my age, at first it would knock me out about 30-1 hour after taking it but it really helped with itching at night. Than as I got older by body got used to the medicine so my dosage was moved up to 50mg and it had the same effect. Than eventually I got all the to it and you have to take A LOT for it to work. . As i got older my eczema became more easy to control so i stopped taking but had it on stand by. Hydrozine is very good for allergies too or to help a allergic reaction."

   
7.0

Annmcphee April 19, 2016

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"I have psychogenic itching. No other way to describe it. I have to scratch, my hands, body, everywhere! I also have anxiety and depression, so I told my doctor and therapist about the horror of this itchiness...I have been taking this medication for a few years, and I can't take it when I have work or school...I'm totally groggy the next day. It doesn't help now as much as it used to, but for days when I'm suffering; I have to take it."

   
7.0

LayDiva (taken for 2 to 5 years) March 6, 2016

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"The only thing that works to stop chronic urticaria itch. This is the third time I've had chronic hives, & nothing else works. 10 mg 3-4 x a day. Skin still covered in hives, but the itch goes away mostly. Drowsy effect at first, but that goes away after a few doses."

   
8.0

Melmade (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 14, 2016

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"So for as long as I can remember I have had severe, chronic itching all over my body. Every day like clock work I start feeling the tingles under my skin and then a non stop itch fest. I was put on Hydroxyzine about 12 years ago and I'm now taking 200 mg every day. It does control the horrible itching for at least 5 hours. I have become so immune to it that it doesn't make me super drowsy any more however, it does make me feel very tired. I wish there was a better alternative but your standard allergy medicines do nothing for me."

   
6.0

BlueMoose (taken for 10 years or more) October 31, 2015

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"I have been itching for over 20 years with no diagnosis of why. I was prescribed Atarax 10 mg and it works like a charm. Only downfall, is I'm very sleepy the following day. I go from uncontrolled itching to uncontrolled sleep. I am supposed to take every 6 hours or as needed, I take once a week. I would be on complete bed rest if I took every 6 hours, lol"

   
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Rochelle72 (taken for 10 years or more) October 6, 2015

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"Unfortunately, this did nothing for me during a lupus flare. The only affect it had was to make me so drowsy and disoriented that I actually collapsed in my bathroom and woke up sometime later with a large bump on my head from falling. It was a scary experience. I don't plan on using this again."

   
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Justmehere19 August 16, 2015

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"25mg for intense full body itching and absolutely no relief. No drowsiness either. Went up to 75mg and still no relief and no drowsiness. Not sure what to think?"

   
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Jerry F. April 24, 2015

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"severe itching for unknown reason(so far- test being taken) took 1 last night at 4 pm did not make me drowsy and itch did not even slightly approve.- very disappointed- going to give it another try today after work so I can take every 6 hours over the weekend this way if it does knock me out im home.."

   
1.0

swtemolyn (taken for less than 1 month) February 20, 2015

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"Saw the post by DanniBee. The drowsiness appears to be dose dependent. Not sure, (I don't have strong data), but I think the anti-itch effect happens at a lower level for people that have high drowsiness. Try a low dosage (5 to 10 mg). I know this may be considered a near homeopathic dose, but I and others have seen the anti-itch effect work at these lower doses with people who have particularly high sensitivity to the drowsiness effect. Let me know if it works."

   
9.0

Prof11 December 28, 2014

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"My husband, who is diabetic for many years, suddenly developed an itchy, scratchy rash. He's someone who soldiers on despite everything. So he went to the VA Hospital and they prescribed Hydroxyzine capsules, telling him to take them at bedtime. He also is using a salve for the topical skin discomfort. He slept like a log last night and already (2 days in) feels better; his rash is much improved, and should be gone pronto if the good response continues. The Doctor was very clear - warned him (it also says so on the bottle): don't drive, ride a bike, or whatever until you see if it makes you groggy or dizzy - a common side affect. He slept for 12 hours last night, so that was a plus. This medicine is very effective!"

   
8.0

Ric's wife (taken for less than 1 month) May 15, 2014

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Atarax (hydroxyzine): "I frequently will experience itchiness all over my body & will break out in hives and can't stop the itching despite use of topical Benadryl etc. My doctor prescribed Atarax a few years ago & while it stops the itching in its tracks, I also sleep for an insane amount of time. Generally it's about 18 solid hours of drowsiness to the point I can't even keep myself awake for longer than 20 minutes. I absolutely hate it. An entire day totally wasted. I'm prescribed 25 mg every 6 hours as needed although I have never had to take a second dose within 24 hours."

   
7.0

DanniBee March 27, 2014

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"Just started this. It sure does knock the itch out BUT. Whew. I took it at 11 AM and crashed at 2PM. I'm sure, like most things, after a week or so the drowsy thing goes away. Gravol(Dimenhydrinate) used to do the same thing to me. Now it has zero drowsy effect on me. It's great for the guts but not near as good as Hydroxyzine for itching. "

   
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Itchimess (taken for less than 1 month) August 8, 2013

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"I had muscle cramping, nausea, headache due to heat exhaustion. Symptoms ended very shortly after taking hydroxyzine 25 mg. Only side effect was extreme sleepiness."

   
9.0

Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month) July 26, 2012

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Atarax (hydroxyzine): "This is the absolute best I've ever taken for an undiagnosed itchy rash on my skin which I have had for several years."

alpha459 July 29, 2011

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Atarax (hydroxyzine): "Worked well for hay fever related itching. "

   
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RASCALFIRE June 19, 2009

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"Had been suffering from intense itching from head-to-toe, poor sleep, and was becoming more anxious because of the itching. Saw immediate calming of itching, slept calmly and had reduced feeling of anxiousness because of itching. Recommended to a family member. Didn't realize how miserable I had been until the symptoms had been calmed."

   
8.0

Maryland June 13, 2009

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"This drug was wonderful at taking care of my itchy rash, however it really wiped me out. It was the only thing that would help quickly and completely, so it was worth the exhaustion for a few days. (Note: I am also on other drugs that can make me drowsy so it may not make other users as wiped out as it made me)."

   
8.0

Anonymous May 17, 2009

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Atarax (hydroxyzine): "It has the desired effect of stopping the itching in the night, but I cannot stay awake the following day. The drowsiness is almost impossible for me to cope with during the working week. I'm literally falling asleep at work (and I'm only taking half the dose)."

   
8.0

Dawn2355 May 8, 2009

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