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 457 212
Itching 172 69
Insomnia 57 50
Generalized anxiety disorder 55 31
Interstitial cystitis 48 17

Show all 143 reasons taken


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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 100
None 213

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Hydroxyzine

Side effect Patients Percentage
Drowsiness 60
Sleepiness 27
Dry mouth 14
Fatigue 8
Dizziness 7
Tiredness 7

Show all 69 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Hydroxyzine

Dosage Patients Percentage
50 mg daily 16
25mg as needed 16
25 mg daily 15
100 mg daily 10
10mg as needed 8
25 mg three times daily 7
50 mg twice daily 7
50mg as needed 7
25 mg twice daily 6
50 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 96
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
See all 238 patients who've stopped taking Hydroxyzine

Duration

Currently taking Hydroxyzine

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 8
6 months - 1 year 8
1 - 2 years 28
2 - 5 years 60
5 - 10 years 34
10 years or more 11

Stopped taking Hydroxyzine

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 50
1 - 6 months 66
6 months - 1 year 36
1 - 2 years 40
2 - 5 years 34
5 - 10 years 9
10 years or more 9
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 276
Usually 69
Sometimes 59
Never taken as prescribed 8
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 15
Somewhat hard to take 20
A little hard to take 63
Not at all hard to take 314
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 2
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 9
< $25 208
Not specified 193

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Hydroxyzine after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 12
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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29 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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Jul 1, 2018 (Started Jun 22, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for panic attacks)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for difficulty falling asleep)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed

  • 0 helpful marks

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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