- Mental Health
Vistaril for Anxiety
Hydroxyzine Pamoate 25 mg Capsules
Anxiety disorders cause distressing symptoms such as excessive worry, fear, anxiety attacks, difficulty concentrating, and sleep disturbances. Treating anxiety disorders typically includes therapy and prescription drugs. One medication used for anxiety disorder treatment is Vistaril.
Vistaril is also sold under the generic name hydroxyzine pamoate. Generalized anxiety disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder and social anxiety disorder are examples of anxiety disorders treated with Vistaril. This medication may also be used to treat anxiety related to specific situations such as workplace anxiety, other anxiety disorders, or anxiety before surgery or a medical procedure.
Muscle tension is one symptom that may be reduced by taking Vistaril for anxiety. Vistaril may reduce worry, anxiety, and nervousness effectively for some people. Vistaril may also be prescribed to treat other medical or psychiatric conditions.
Common adult doses are 25, 50, and 100 milligrams which can be prescribed to be taken one or more times a day. Using Vistaril for anxiety may be prescribed as a routine, daily medication or as a PRN medication to be taken as needed when anxiety symptoms are bothersome.
One of the most common side effects of Vistaril for anxiety is drowsiness. As with other medications for anxiety, the amount of drowsiness experienced varies greatly among individuals and is affected by the dosage. When prescribed to be taken daily, the physician may have the patient take the medication right before going to bed to help reduce the negative effects of drowsiness. Other side effects of Vistaril include dizziness, dry mouth, headaches, and blurred vision.
Vistaril is not the only medication prescribed for anxiety. If the drowsiness or other side effects are bothersome, the person should discuss this problem with the doctor. Often, the physician may need to try several medications before finding the one that works best for the patient. This can be frustrating to have to keep trying different medications to find one to relieve the anxiety symptoms!
If someone suffering from an anxiety disorder has family members being effectively treated with a medication for anxiety, the person should let the doctor know. A person often gets relief from anxiety symptoms with medication that successfully treats anxiety in a family member.
I have a lot of empathy for people who are trying to find the best medication for them. I’ve been there. Try to be patient while working with the doctor to find the best prescription drug for anxiety that you experience.