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Vistaril for Anxiety

Updated on April 14, 2013

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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.



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      rapid Heart 

      6 years ago

      I have a fast paced heart rate at age 22.anxiety has increased so much that they put me on Zoloft 25mg, then today moved me to 50mg. She added Vistaril 25mg Cap for my very intense panic attacks. Said bc I told her I used to be a pain med addict that no doctor would give me a benzo even though she, dr, said that is exactly what I need. Anyone have a answer to my problem?

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      6 years ago

      vistaril and pregnancy

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      6 years ago

      Funny and ironic my crazzy dr had me on prozac and buspar an was doing nothing..then wen to er with insanly bad anxity attck a bp of 156/122 and they gave me. Vistral an it workd wounders for is ironic how meds act diff with diff ppl..exscuse the horible spelinim on my phn an dt wna type out word fr word..but thnk yu all for the advice.

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      Luis Archilla 

      7 years ago

      This medication is a lifesavers for a person like me,over 18 years with anxiety symtoms.

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      mary chavez 

      7 years ago

      visteral has worked woners for me with a lot of thearpy and my meds takin everyday i am able to enjoy the outside world i stayed in my bedroom for a whole yr nd i ever went anywhere thk you visteral for your help

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      7 years ago

      i thought it was primarily used to treat allergy symptoms?

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      7 years ago from Malden

      vistaril may be effective for one and ineffective for anothr, it was primarily used to treat stomach distresss in pregnant women and is not an effective somnolant for many people

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      Sheila Wilson 

      8 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thank you. Funny you should mention Buspar. I have a relative taking that for anxiety. I had tried Vistaril, but it wasn't very helpful for me though I know it has been beneficial for many. Finding the right psychoactive medication is such a trial-and-error process. sigh

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      Lori Colbo 

      8 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      You are very good at and careful to give accurate, well researched information, so I am now following you. As to Visteral, I had no luck with it at all and it was very frustrating because we had pretty much run out of options. I was not allowed to take benzodiazopines, so I tried visteral with no success. I even took a bottle to end my life, and wouldn't you know it, nothing happened. It's kind of funny now, but I was really unhappy then.

      Fortunately my Dr. remembered Buspar. It has been a wonder drug for me. Isn't funny how a medication can work for some and not for others? Good hub, shiela.

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      Boo McCourt 

      8 years ago from Washington MI

      This is an effective med for anxiety. I was started on it when I was in the psych ward and during rehab. It worked well for anxiety for several months but it soon lost it's effectiveness. I really liked the sedation I felt. It just made me feel better. I enjoyed reading your hub.


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