Atarax for Anxiety anyone?

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janetlee
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   Posted 7/24/2007 3:32 AM (GMT -6)   
I was googling GAD and found this drug listed as an anti-anxiety med. It is non-addictive. has anyone used it? Did it work for you? Any experiences with this?
thanx!
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   Posted 7/24/2007 8:06 AM (GMT -6)   

Good Morning Janet

I have used this drug as it is a antihistamine Hydroxyzine/Atarax. You may have heard of it by the name of Vistaril which is used frequently in hospital settings as an injection.

It is prescribed for symptomatic relief of anxiety and tension. However this drug is not intended for long term use, no more than 4 months.

It is worth talking to you physician about.  I used it for an antihistamine. It may make you feel drowsy. Hope this helps answer your question.

Reference: The PDR, 2005 Edition

 


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janetlee
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   Posted 7/24/2007 11:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks kitt! :)
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janetlee
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   Posted 7/24/2007 6:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi All!
You may wanna check out this about Vistaril/Atarax/Hydroxzine:
http://www.revolutionhealth.com/drugs-treatments/rating/vistaril-for-generalized-anxiety-disorder-gad
janet
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HorsesHealme
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   Posted 7/24/2007 6:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I would not recommend atarax. Not that it is bad but here is my opinion sorry if this seems long but I want to get my point across: I am quite afflicted at times with anxiety and severe situational panic. Several years ago I was on zoloft and neurontin/my condition was very well managed but I would have small breakthrough "episodes" where I would NEED to chill. I was 23 yrs old and moved to a new city where I was not familiar with the physicians and went to a psychiatrist my friend went to and explained my problem had all past medical records etc. The doctor said "oh here try this, it is atarax and it should be able to calm you down etc etc" I filled the Rx and it never worked. I was highly offended to find out that it was an antihistimine a few weeks later, the doctor basically treated me like I was having drug seeking behavior because I wanted something to ease the anxiety and so she gave me extra strength benadryl instead of ativan because I was a college student I'm sure. The doctor did not take my condition seriously and needless to say I went many times with nothing to ease those irrational moments of terror that a person with panic disorder will experience. I cannot imagine it helping anxiety unless you have a situational case "this will be over in a week" type of thing, I would definitly talk to the doctor about it.  I felt it was an injustice to have been given atarax since when you are in that time of need (the panic that is) plain and simple ATARAX WILL NOT HELP! You must consider the level your condition is at and how serious you are about treating it, I would not recommend atarax to anyone for anxiety or panic disorder. Good luck either way though :)  just try and aim towards the drugs that are made to treat the problem and you should feel alot better, just my opinion.

janetlee
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   Posted 7/24/2007 11:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Horses,
This med has helped many people, but sadly you were not one of them. With any drug we have to be careful. If you read the link I submitted above, you'll see how it's helped folks with GAD.
I wish you the very very best! :)
janet
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HorsesHealme
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   Posted 7/25/2007 6:39 AM (GMT -6)   
I just thought you were asking about peoples' real life experiences...mine definitely was not given aid by atarax, it was not bad like I said but just completely useless. I would say have a backup plan like ativan if you have panic in addition to the GAD and you are going to try atarax....
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