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Hydroxyzine (also known as Vistaril) is an antihistamine medication commonly used to treat anxiety. It is used as an alternative to habit-forming anxiety medications, such as benzodiazepines, for short-term treatment of anxiety and tension. Hydroxyzine has sedative properties and may help you feel more relaxed.
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What is hydroxyzine?
Hydroxyzine (brand name Vistaril) is a prescription medication used to treat anxiety, allergies, and pruritus (itching). Hydroxyzine is an effective short-term treatment for generalized anxiety disorder. It’s a member of a drug class called antihistamines. It works by blocking certain effects of histamine in your body. This can result in helping you feel more calm or relaxed. Hydroxyzine can also help relieve itching due to certain skin conditions.
How does hydroxyzine work?
Hydroxyzine works by making you feel calmer and less stressed. It’s an antihistamine that prevents your body from releasing a chemical called histamine. Hydroxyzine also boosts serotonin levels in your brain. This helps with mood balancing and an overall sense of well-being. It also can help your muscles relax, causing less tension.
What are the side effects of hydroxyzine?
Common side effects of hydroxyzine include headache, constipation, dry mouth, and drowsiness. Some side effects may be more severe than others and require immediate medical attention. It’s best to speak with your provider if you notice any unusual symptoms during treatment with hydroxyzine.
How do I take hydroxyzine?
Hydroxyzine is usually taken orally three or four times a day as needed. A typical dose for adults is between 50 to 100 mg up to four times a day. Take as directed by your provider.
Can I take hydroxyzine with other medications?
Hydroxyzine can be taken with other medications, but you should inform your provider if you are taking other medications. Some medications may cause interactions when taken with hydroxyzine, including narcotics, other antihistamines, some antidepressants, and barbiturates.
Are there any risks when taking hydroxyzine?
Hydroxyzine can cause drowsiness or dizziness in some people, so it’s best to avoid driving or operating heavy machinery. Also, make sure to tell your provider if you are taking other medications or if you have a prolonged QT interval or glaucoma. Taking this medication can be risky for women who are breastfeeding or pregnant, so tell your provider if you are breastfeeding, currently pregnant, or plan to become pregnant.
How quickly does hydroxyzine work?
Hydroxyzine is a fast-acting medication for anxiety and starts working more quickly than some other medications, such as SSRIs. You may notice improvements in anxiety symptoms within one hour of taking your first dose. Most people will feel its maximum effect at around 2 hours.
How does Nurx work?
Nurx is a telehealth platform offering easy online access to doctors and seamless delivery of medications. No more time-consuming trips to the clinic and no more frantic pharmacy runs. We put you in control of your own health, empowering you to get the care you need, when you need it. From diagnosis to delivery of prescriptions, we make every part of getting healthy and staying healthy, better.
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