What is Hydroxyzine?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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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 397 176
Itching 152 58
Insomnia 54 37
Generalized anxiety disorder 49 25
Interstitial cystitis 45 14

Show all 155 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe
26
Moderate
58
Mild
91
None
188

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Hydroxyzine

Side effect Patients
Drowsiness 54
Sleepiness 25
Dry mouth 12
Dizziness 7
Fatigue 7
Tiredness 5

Show all 73 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Hydroxyzine

Dosage Patients
25mg as needed 22
50 mg daily 21
25 mg daily 18
25 mg three times daily 18
50mg as needed 14
50 mg twice daily 12
100 mg daily 11
50 mg three times daily 10
10 mg daily 9
50 mg four times daily 8

See all 44 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Hydroxyzine

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 85
Doctor's advice 56
Other 44
Course of treatment ended 41
Side effects too severe 33
Change in health plan coverage 7
Expense 5
Personal research 3
See all 211 patients who've stopped taking Hydroxyzine

Duration

Currently taking Hydroxyzine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 26
6 months - 1 year 36
1 - 2 years 45
2 - 5 years 64
5 - 10 years 31
10 years or more 12

Stopped taking Hydroxyzine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 46
1 - 6 months 59
6 months - 1 year 32
1 - 2 years 34
2 - 5 years 25
5 - 10 years 7
10 years or more 8
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 246
Usually 60
Sometimes 50
Never taken as prescribed 7
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 13
Somewhat hard to take 21
A little hard to take 56
Not at all hard to take 273
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 8
< $25 186
Not specified 168

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Hydroxyzine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 11
Lorazepam (Ativan) 10
Alprazolam (Xanax) 9
Diazepam (Valium) 6
Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) 5

Show all 31 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Hydroxyzine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Buspirone (BuSpar) 8
Lorazepam (Ativan) 4
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 4
Trazodone (Desyrel) 4
Zolpidem (Ambien) 4

Show all 27 treatments patients report switching to

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27 patient evaluations for Hydroxyzine

Apr 3, 2017 (Started Nov 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for insomnia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 75 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: It did make me a little tired if I was not anxious already, but worked fine otherwise.

  • 0 helpful marks

Apr 3, 2017 (Started Jul 01, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for difficulty falling asleep)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (nausea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 15, 2015 (Started Aug 01, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 25 mg Weekly

  • 0 helpful marks
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