Vistaril, Hydroxyzine

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greydays
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   Posted 3/12/2007 12:20 PM (GMT -6)   
HI all, I went to the doctor this morning and asked for an anti-anxiety medication to get me through our disney world vacation that we are taking this week, and she gave me a prescription for Vistaril, Hydroxyzine ?  Has anyone ever taken this and it has helped or not helped your anxiety?   I have never heard anything about it so I was just wondering!! 
 
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   Posted 3/12/2007 12:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I have not heard of these sorry.
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   Posted 3/12/2007 1:36 PM (GMT -6)   

its an older antihistamine, these sedate some as a side effect and were popular as tranquillisers before valium came along

not as good as valium but better than nothing

try it before you leave to see how you react


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Geebs
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   Posted 3/13/2007 10:28 AM (GMT -6)   
It's an antihistamine from the 1950's, similar to Benadryl, and is not very effective for anxiety. If you need something short-term as needed, your doctor should prescribe a small quantity of Xanax.

If taking benzos is risky for you, Trazodone would be a much better choice for anxiety. You can take 25mg every six hours as needed and it will have far less side effects than Vistaril or Benadryl does.

harry4
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   Posted 3/13/2007 2:39 PM (GMT -6)   

trazodone is an antidepressant that sedates some people and is prescribed as a sleeping pill, it may work for daytime anxiety or may send you to sleep, or occasionally stimulate you, you would have to take it and see what happens

any valium type med would be better but some docs wont prescribe them


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greydays
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   Posted 3/13/2007 7:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks guys for the info. I hope it will work for me.!!!
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maril
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   Posted 3/16/2007 12:32 AM (GMT -6)   
I was on hydroxyzine pamoate (I know there are at least 2 different forms because the pharmacy once gave me the wrong one, not pamoate and they said there was a difference) for my anxiety some time ago.  Basically, it's in the theory that whatever makes you tired (as antihistimines often do) calms you down.  I took it for a while and as I remember it seemed to work fairly well or I wouldn't have taken it for so long.  I stopped taking it because I became pregnant and my med doctor said it wasn't ok to take during that time.  I don't remember anything bad (side effects wise) about it except maybe extreme sleepiness right at the very beginning.  Even if this is no help, I thought maybe you might want to hear from someone who'd actually taken it for anxiety before.  I'd say it's worth a try.  Good Luck!!! 
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