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Atarax (hydroxyzine)


Hydroxyzine is a first-generation antihistamine, of the piperazine class that is an H1 receptor antagonist. It is used primarily as an antihistamine for the treatment of itches and irritations, an antiemetic for the reduction of nausea, as a weak analgesic by itself and as an opioid potentiator, and as an anxiolytic for the treatment of anxiety.

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I've had the problem since I was 9-10 years old.

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My experience with hydroxyzine was for its use as an antihistamine. It's something like 75 times more effective than Benadryl for itching, which is pretty much my only symptom - fully body itching.

However, I can't say I've noticed any decrease in anxiety from it. It is fairly sedating, but I really hate the feeling of antihistamine sedation (something you get from a lot of antipsychotics as well.)

So as far as my anxiety goes, I can't say I've found this effective at all, but it's also a great medication for potentiating the effects of opioids - which is useful if you're concerned with dependence.
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Great augmentation med and alternative to benzos


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This medication is great for augmentation to anti-depressants your already on. It works decent on minimal to moderate anxiety. It helps other opiate pain killers kill pain, it helps stop nausea, and for the weak it helps put you to sleep. It even stops seasonal allergies and itching from opiate pain killers
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I have severe social anxiety and panic disorder.

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My doctor gave me this because he's against benzos. I was on it for a month. Apart from making me mildly sleepy, this med had no effect at all. It might be useful as a short-term sleep aid, but as far as panic attacks go it's a complete waste of time and money.
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Vistaril (Hydroxyzine)


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Didnt do jack for anxiety but will knock you out about like seroquel or other anti-histamine would.
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Worked well WHEN I was willing to wait 2 hours for it to kick in. It had limited effectiveness and since I already have scripts for benzo's, it is more of a redundant drug in my medicine cabinet. It didn't cause weight gain, but made it impossible to lose weight.
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I have awful anxiety and awful insomnia. Was on this for six months and honestly its a huge black out period. I felt awful. Numb. Totally walking dead like. I stopped taking on my own it just wasn't working for me.
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I am always suspicious of something like a first generation histamine being anything other than sedating but if this is the case why is in not available OTC like diphenhydramine.I have also read positive reports but my doctor won't prescribe because i am on a strong opiate script for which it is a strong potentiator.I wouldn't mind giving it a go as an occassional insomnia remedy.For anyone finding diphenhydramine or doxyaline unsuitable promethazinehydrochloride at 50 mg seems a smoother sedative but don't use Avomine as its a different form of the drug and not as effective
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I tried this 6 months ago on a 2 week trial while travelling to Durban, it didn't help my anxiety at all.

It did make me strangely sedated and stimulated at the same time, which made me feel very uneasy.

I had 6 panic attacks over 1 week while taking this.
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My doctor put me on this and I admit, I'm not sure I like it. It felt like forever to kick in and now I just feel tired. I feel calm but I think I managed to handle the anxiety myself and it wasn't the medication. I've only been on it a week so we'll see what happens.

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I took hydroxyzine and on two occurrences woke up suffocating. My lungs were not working there was no inhalation occuring whatsoever for a minute.
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Hydroxyzine for me = get ready for bed in 30 minutes even if it's 2PM and I have over 100MG of caffeine in my system otherwise I might start hallucinating and feel panicky. It might be having an effect though, why have anxiety when you're busy with a 4 hour nap

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Crappy drug.... leaves a bad hangover the next day. If I take enough to be able to fall asleep I won't wake up the next day...or If I do I'm unfunctional...No point in taking it unless I wanna sleep til afternoon. Also you get used it fast so yo can only take it for so long. I'm not sure whats up with the people who wake up suffocating on it (seen a few reports of that at least on here) but it does say not to take if you have asthma.

I doubt it has any effect on anxiety but doctors need an excuse to not give you anything "dangerous" ...as if driving the next morning after taking this stuff isn't.

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1 month common-courtesy update. Taking ~150MG/day. The sedation went away probably after a few days after taking it so that was nice not to having to go to bed after taking it. Per orders, was off it for a week while taking Cyclobenzaprine (which did nothing btw) but didn't notice any withdrawal effects during that week. For the neurotic types of people (me) I would say this helps, even over Xanax, which seems odd but I was only on that for a short while -- 0.5MG. I find the bulk of my anxiety stems from an extravagant future that I like to make up, build up, and then convince myself the future is already written. Doing certain things like "reading fine print" or "researching previous court cases" tend to "feed" that preoccupation. You can't treat that with a short/medium-acting benzo so who knows, maybe an anti-psychotic may be future cog of mine. Why do anything other than sit in your room and wait for the inevitable force to happen? This Ebola situation hasn't been helping so perhaps I need to "not see" local news, for now. It's a funny distraction from what I usually think about though.

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So, maybe I'm the exception to the rule, but....

I absolutely love Hydroxyzine. I have tried every anti anxiety med I can think of, and this appears to be my gold standard.

I refuse to take benzos due to a family history of addiction.

BuSpar did not help. I am taking Viibryd but it increases my anxiety.

I also take Neurontin 300mg as needed, but it really doesn't do anything to help.

I take Hydroxyzine 30mg daily and it really makes a difference without being too sedating. Then again, I used Benedryl for YEARS to help me sleep; to the point where it no longer even makes me tired.

I am worried that this medication will also lose its helpful effects. Does anybody have any other recommendations I can try? I don't want to take antipsychotics, and I'm all for miscellaneous anti anxiety meds.
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Didn't do anything for my anxiety and was about as effective as diphenhydramine for putting me to sleep. Good for one or two days consecutively before it became ineffective from tolerance.

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