Hydroxyzine, Anxiety & You

Hydroxyzine, Anxiety & You

The Good, bad and ugly of taking Hydroxyzine for anxiety disorders. What every person needs to know when taking Hydroxyzine for anxiety.

The Good

There are many other aspects of taking this drug, but its main use is to treat anxiety. What is hydroxyzine? Here is a list of different aspects this drug is capable of. This first generation of this antihistamine drug helps people deal with allergic reactions. Hydroxyzine HCL can be prescribed to patients to help them sleep, and prevent nausea and vomiting. Hydroxyzine can also be prescribed to help people cope with anxiety. There is two different kinds of Hydroxyzine Vistaril & Atarax or (PAM & HCL). Vistaril (hydroxyzine pamoate) is used for anxiety and nausea where as Atarax is used for allergies and itching. Both Atarax(hydroxyzine hcl) and Vistaril(pam) do the same thing, but it depends on how your body reacts to it; one may work better than the other. This medication comes in different forms such as tablets, capsules, liquids, suppositories, or injections. It can also be taken with or without food. Patients who suffer from anxiety, hives, nausea, mood disorders, skin rashes, itching, and also allergic reactions can be prescribed hydroxyzine. This medication can be prescribed to Children ages 4+ and also adults. Hydroxyzine can only be obtained by prescription only; cannot be purchased OTC. Now of course there are going to be side effects when taking prescription medications.

The Bad

Just about every drug has some side effects and Hydroxyzine is no different. Here are some of the common side effects: drowsiness, dry mouth, skin rash, headaches, and blurred vision. Hydroxyzine can also cause serious side effects such as Seizures, fainting, tremor, hallucinations, fast heart rate, chest pains, restless muscle movements, and severe dizziness.

The Ugly

Hydroxyzine when combined with certain opioids can cause a “hydroxyzine high”. Doing this can lead to serious side effects including respiratory distress, coma, overdose and death!

Here is a link to a list of drugs to NEVER combine with Hydroxyzine. | psychiatric medications cheat sheet | Hydroxyzine Pamoate; Complete Self-Assessment Guideir?t=45190b 20&l=am2&o=1&a=1984371525 Hydroxyzine, Anxiety & You

Hydroxyzine can cause serious health issues when used with other drugs.” Hydroxyzine can cause a serious heart problem, especially if you use certain medicines at the same time, including antibiotics, antidepressants, heart rhythm medicine, antipsychotic medicines, and medicines to treat cancer, malaria, HIV or AIDS”(1). Hydroxyzine is not addictive and has no withdrawal symptoms(2).

1. https://www.uofmhealth.org/health-library/d00907a1
2. https://www.northpointwashington.com/blog/hydroxyzine-high-atarax-appealing-seeking/


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      A little over two weeks ago unfortunately I had some minor strokes which caused bleeding on my brain and infection around my heart which naturally put me in the hospital I’ve been here now for over 2 weeks well I have had serious depression and anxiety issues almost my whole life so they recommended me to the hospital’s therapist and he put me on hydroxyzine well I’m also on methadone which they have put me on since I’ve been here oxycodone for the pain since I’ve been here and I’ve just read on your website that the combination of those pain medications and hydroxyzine is fatal since I’ve been here and I’ve been taking the medications I have developed a rash over my whole body also I’ve been getting seriously high fevers like 102 my doctors don’t understand where the fevers are coming from because my blood cultures are all coming back negative for infection so heart surgery is now on the table to find out why I don’t know what to do other than to refuse to take that medication I’ve been getting these crippling headaches that have been the point where I can’t breathe my side effects I have read on your website has every single one of the side effects that I have and they are potentially fatal I have two kids at home them desperately trying to get home to I’m extremely healthy I’ve never been in the hospital before so when I’m asking is please if anyone has any kind of advise please please please let me know thank you guys you guys have a blessed day

      • Zecharia Gilbert

        If you do not take the Hydroxyzine then what? What do the doctors say would happen if you stop taking it?


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