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 399 171
Itching 154 58
Insomnia 54 38
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
59
Mild
92
None
182

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Hydroxyzine

Side effect Patients
Drowsiness 54
Sleepiness 25
Dry mouth 13
Dizziness 7
Fatigue 7
Tiredness 6

Show all 73 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Hydroxyzine

Dosage Patients
50 mg daily 21
25mg as needed 21
25 mg daily 18
25 mg three times daily 15
50mg as needed 15
50 mg twice daily 13
100 mg daily 11
50 mg three times daily 11
50 mg four times daily 8
2 25mg as needed 8

See all 41 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Hydroxyzine

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 86
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 212 patients who've stopped taking Hydroxyzine

Duration

Currently taking Hydroxyzine

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 25
6 months - 1 year 37
1 - 2 years 43
2 - 5 years 61
5 - 10 years 30
10 years or more 10

Stopped taking Hydroxyzine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 46
1 - 6 months 59
6 months - 1 year 33
1 - 2 years 34
2 - 5 years 25
5 - 10 years 7
10 years or more 8
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 241
Usually 61
Sometimes 50
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 270
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 8
< $25 180
Not specified 170

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
Buspirone (BuSpar) 4

Show all 32 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Hydroxyzine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Buspirone (BuSpar) 8
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 4
Lorazepam (Ativan) 4
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 4
Trazodone (Desyrel) 4

Show all 27 treatments patients report switching to

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26 patient evaluations for Hydroxyzine

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

May 15, 2015 (Started Nov 15, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for sinus congestion)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for insomnia)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (tiredness increased)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: Unexpected side effect - it decreased the time it took for other meds to start working and made them more effective.

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