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 378 167
Itching 152 57
Insomnia 52 37
Generalized anxiety disorder 48 25
Interstitial cystitis 45 13

Show all 154 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 25
Moderate 58
Mild 87
None 182

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Hydroxyzine

Side effect Patients
Drowsiness 51
Sleepiness 23
Dry mouth 11
Dizziness 7
Fatigue 7
Tiredness 5

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Hydroxyzine

Dosage Patients
25 mg daily 21
50 mg daily 18
25mg as needed 18
25 mg three times daily 16
50mg as needed 12
50 mg twice daily 11
50 mg three times daily 10
10 mg daily 8
100 mg daily 8
50 mg four times daily 6

See all 47 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Hydroxyzine

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 81
Doctor's advice 53
Other 44
Course of treatment ended 41
Side effects too severe 32
Change in health plan coverage 7
Expense 5
Personal research 3
See all 206 patients who've stopped taking Hydroxyzine

Duration

Currently taking Hydroxyzine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 26
6 months - 1 year 21
1 - 2 years 44
2 - 5 years 58
5 - 10 years 35
10 years or more 14

Stopped taking Hydroxyzine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 43
1 - 6 months 61
6 months - 1 year 32
1 - 2 years 32
2 - 5 years 25
5 - 10 years 6
10 years or more 7
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 240
Usually 57
Sometimes 48
Never taken as prescribed 7
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 12
Somewhat hard to take 21
A little hard to take 53
Not at all hard to take 266
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 8
< $25 180
Not specified 163

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Hydroxyzine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 11
Alprazolam (Xanax) 9
Lorazepam (Ativan) 8
Diazepam (Valium) 6
Buspirone (BuSpar) 4

Show all 30 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 26 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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