What is Hydroxyzine?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Vistaril Atarax Hydroxyzine Pamoate Show all

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See also: Broncofar Plus Jarabe

Hydroxyzine is a generic drug in two preparations, pamoate and hydrochloride salts, used to relieve itching caused by allergies and to control the nausea and vomiting caused by various conditions, including motion sickness; also used for anxiety and to treat the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Anxious mood 453 210
Itching 168 69
Insomnia 56 50
Generalized anxiety disorder 54 31
Interstitial cystitis 48 17

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  • Slight
  • None
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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 30
Moderate 69
Mild 99
None 212

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Hydroxyzine

Side effect Patients Percentage
Drowsiness 60
Sleepiness 28
Dry mouth 14
Fatigue 8
Dizziness 7
Tiredness 7

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Hydroxyzine

Dosage Patients Percentage
50 mg daily 18
25 mg daily 17
25mg as needed 14
25 mg three times daily 11
100 mg daily 10
50 mg twice daily 9
50mg as needed 9
10mg as needed 8
25 mg twice daily 7
25 mg four times daily 6

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Why patients stopped taking Hydroxyzine

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Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 95
Doctor's advice 61
Other 50
Course of treatment ended 41
Side effects too severe 37
Change in health plan coverage 11
Expense 5
Personal research 5
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Duration

Currently taking Hydroxyzine

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 6
6 months - 1 year 12
1 - 2 years 43
2 - 5 years 57
5 - 10 years 35
10 years or more 6

Stopped taking Hydroxyzine

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 49
1 - 6 months 65
6 months - 1 year 36
1 - 2 years 42
2 - 5 years 33
5 - 10 years 7
10 years or more 9
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 276
Usually 68
Sometimes 58
Never taken as prescribed 8
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 15
Somewhat hard to take 20
A little hard to take 62
Not at all hard to take 313
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 2
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 9
< $25 207
Not specified 192

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Hydroxyzine after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 13
Lorazepam (Ativan) 12
Alprazolam (Xanax) 11
Diazepam (Valium) 5
Buspirone (BuSpar) 4

Show all 32 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Hydroxyzine and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Buspirone (BuSpar) 9
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 6
Zolpidem (Ambien) 6
Trazodone (Desyrel) 5
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 4

Show all 33 treatments patients report switching to

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28 patient evaluations for Hydroxyzine

Nov 3, 2018 (Started Jan 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Advice & Tips: I started back up on the Visteril in October 2018. I need something for my nerves. I started snapping at everyone. We started back up on the 100mg capsules but they were too strong. We cut me down to 50mg and that seems to be a better dose. I don't know why Dr. O and I didn't do that last time I was taking the Visteril.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jun 24, 2012 (Started Jan 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 400 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I have to decide when I can take it as it makes me very tired. I cannot drive after taking the Visteril.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 1, 2011 (Started Jan 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Severe (drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 400 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I finally had to stop taking the Vistaril as the tiredness just wouldn't go away and I hated being even more tired than I already was. I was really dragging and I addressed this to my psychiatrist. Dr. O and I talked about my anxiety over the course of some visits and he pointed out some triggers that I could avoid and we agreed that I could stop taking it. Any other medication would react too negatively with my other meds so I decided that I would handle my anxiety by taking a few big, deep breaths when I felt real stressed and this would help calm me better than any pill could.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Apr 11, 2018 (Started Jun 30, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: when I know I will be entering a stressful or knowingly PTSD triggering situation I premedicate, otherwise, I use it when I feel the beginnings of an anxiety attack or panic attack. Usually, it prevents an anxiety attack if used prior, or decreases the anxiety/panic attack if used after
Cost: $200+ monthly

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Mar 8, 2018 (Started Nov 07, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Severe (daytime sleepiness)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Four times daily

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