A member asked:

Has hydroxyzine been, or is currently being used as a antipsychotic? i read on wikipedia that it has antipsychotic properties. thanks.

6 doctors weighed in across 2 answers
Dr. Pacita David answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

No: Hydroxyzine is an antihistamine used to treat anxiety and insomnia in a variety of mental health conditions. It is also used to treat seasonal allergies, as well as allergic reactions such as rash and itching. It does not directly treat psychosis, although it may help the agitation and anxiety that can accompany psychotic disorders. Hope this is helpful.

Answered 12/24/2015


Dr. Susan Arnoult answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

No: Hydroxyzine has no anti-psychotic properties. It is an anti-cholinergic / histamine type medication so is used for allergic reactions. It has the side effect of drowsiness and can be used for sleep or "anxiety" / sleeplessness.

Answered 4/25/2016



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