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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more


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I am taking 100 mg of Vistaril (hydroxyzine) for sleep. I have a constant salty taste in my mouth. Could this be caused by the Vistaril (hydroxyzine)? Thank you.

I am taking 100 mg of Vistaril (hydroxyzine) for sleep. I have a constant salty taste in my mouth. Could this be caused by the Vistaril (hydroxyzine)? Thank you.

May be: Hydroxyzine (vistaril) can cause dry mouth and may be bitter taste, whether it would cause a salty taste or not depends on other factors, as other meds you are on, dentures, etc.. You can hold for few days if you can, and see for yourself, best wishes ...Read more

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Is atarax (hydroxyzine) effective for sleep?

Is atarax (hydroxyzine) effective for sleep?

Good sleep practices: Atarax/hydroxyzine is a prescription antihistamine/anti-allergy medication. Because it can be sedating, some people find it helpful for insomnia, at least in the short term. It is not a controlled or addictive medication like some sleep aids. Be sure to practice sleep hygiene -- structuring your sleep, avoid lying long periods not sleeping, avoid daytime napping, use bed only for sleep/intimacy. ...Read more

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I'm not sure but is hydroxyzine a good sleep aid?

I'm not sure but is hydroxyzine a good sleep aid?

Could be: It is an antihistamine (similar to benadryl, (diphenhydramine) which you can buy over the counter). Because it is sedating, it is sometimes used as a sleep aid, and sometimes also used to treat anxiety. It may well help you fall asleep or stay asleep (recognizing that people have different responses to the same meds, so what works well for one person may or may not work for another). ...Read more

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Prescribed Hydroxyzine as a sleep aid. I take 25mg every night. Would I ever develop dependence/tolerance over the years?

Prescribed Hydroxyzine as a sleep aid. I take 25mg every night. Would I ever develop dependence/tolerance over the years?

Unlikely: This is primarily an antihistamine and usually safe. Caution has been issued that it may have some adverse effects on the heart for some patients especially among those over 65. Its anticholinergic effect may potentially impact memory functioin as well. On the whole, the risk for these side effects are low. ...Read more

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Help docs, is hydroxyzine a good sleep aid?

Help docs, is hydroxyzine a good sleep aid?

It can help: Hydroxyzine is an antihistamine, and is often prescribed as a sleep aid. It is a bit like diphenhydramine (Benadryl) and makes people drowsy, and often a bit groggy in the morning. It seems to make people less anxious as well. ...Read more

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I usually take 150 mg of hydroxyzine a night for sleep and anxiety I just took a double dose do you think I'm going to be fine?

I usually take 150 mg of hydroxyzine a night for sleep and anxiety I just took a double dose do you think I'm going to be fine?

Yes you will, but: With possibly more side effects of the drug, skip the following day and night doses. You need re-evaluation, you already are exceeding the the maximum amount per dose, and you did double it. Most probably you developed tolerance to hydroxyzine and you will need another medication for your insomnia and anxiety, kindly see your doctor / psychiatrist, good luck ...Read more

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I take hydroxyZine at night for sleep/allergies . I just had dental work and was given loratb. Can I take 3 hours apart from one another ?

I take hydroxyZine at night for sleep/allergies . I just had dental work and was given loratb. Can I take 3 hours apart from one another ?

Better not: Lortab contains codeine, which can be potentiated by hydroxyzine and lead to untoward effect as CNS depression and severe constipation for example, so you don't want that, even if you space them, either stay in your system long enough, hydroxyzine stays longer, please hold hydroxyzine till done with lortab, good that you asked, always exercise caution with multiple medications, wish you wellness ...Read more