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   Posted 2/7/2008 10:43 AM (GMT -6)   
You mentioned in one of the threads that hydroxizine was not reccomended for long time use, i would like to know more about that because my doctor has had me on it for quite some time.Is there something i should be concerned about with this med??? Are there any health risk involved??Just curious! C-ya!!!

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   Posted 2/7/2008 11:01 AM (GMT -6)   

Hey Panike,
Good Morning.
Hydroxyzine is not thought to be an effective treatment for anxiety if used for a period of over 4 months, and it is therefore a prerequisite of any medical professional prescribing such drugs, to re-assess the usefulness for the individual patient. Reasoning for this decision stems from the fact that hydroxyzine is mainly used as an antihistamine and has a somewhat short shelf-life in its common form. Rather than its use as an anxiety-reducing agent, hydroxyzine should be reconsidered if the patient has more intense anxiety or other psychoneurosis; then other compounds specifically designed for such conditions should be considered.

In other words there are many other choices that are used for anxiety and for long term use should be considered.
Hope this helps


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   Posted 2/7/2008 11:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh i understand,your'e saying its not directly aimed toward anxiety so therefore should not be used for it long term. I wonder why my doc didn't tell me that.I mean i knew it was an anahistamine but i thought it had variuos uses.I guess i'm gonna have to look into that because i've been on it for more than 2 years now! I wonder if i'm addicted to it? Thanks for your help kitt.
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