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 417 187
Itching 160 59
Insomnia 53 41
Generalized anxiety disorder 49 27
Interstitial cystitis 46 16

Show all 147 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 28
Moderate 62
Mild 94
None 192

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Hydroxyzine

Side effect Patients
Drowsiness 57
Sleepiness 24
Dry mouth 13
Dizziness 7
Fatigue 7
Tiredness 6

Show all 65 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Hydroxyzine

Dosage Patients
25 mg daily 24
25mg as needed 23
50 mg daily 19
25 mg three times daily 16
50mg as needed 13
50 mg twice daily 11
100 mg daily 9
50 mg three times daily 7
pamoate25mg as needed 7
25 mg twice daily 6

See all 43 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Hydroxyzine

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 88
Doctor's advice 57
Other 44
Course of treatment ended 41
Side effects too severe 36
Change in health plan coverage 8
Expense 5
Personal research 5
See all 220 patients who've stopped taking Hydroxyzine

Duration

Currently taking Hydroxyzine

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 13
6 months - 1 year 29
1 - 2 years 33
2 - 5 years 70
5 - 10 years 40
10 years or more 13

Stopped taking Hydroxyzine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 46
1 - 6 months 63
6 months - 1 year 33
1 - 2 years 36
2 - 5 years 26
5 - 10 years 7
10 years or more 9
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 254
Usually 64
Sometimes 51
Never taken as prescribed 7
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 13
Somewhat hard to take 19
A little hard to take 57
Not at all hard to take 287
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 8
< $25 191
Not specified 175

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Hydroxyzine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 11
Lorazepam (Ativan) 11
Alprazolam (Xanax) 10
Diazepam (Valium) 6
Buspirone (BuSpar) 4

Show all 31 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Hydroxyzine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Buspirone (BuSpar) 9
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 5
Trazodone (Desyrel) 5
Lorazepam (Ativan) 4
Zolpidem (Ambien) 4

Show all 29 treatments patients report switching to

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28 patient evaluations for Hydroxyzine

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

  • 0 helpful marks

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

  • 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

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