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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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

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I was prescribed Hydroxyzine Pamoate 25mg as sleep aid. Can I open the capsule and split the powder in two portions since I'm sensitive to sedatives?

I was prescribed Hydroxyzine Pamoate 25mg as sleep aid. Can I open the capsule and split the powder in two portions since I'm sensitive to sedatives?

You can, but: exact dosage and absorption rate may not be as accurate, you can try though, another option is to ask your prescriber to prescribe the oral solution, easier to titrate, good luck ...Read more

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I am on Depakote Zoloft (sertraline) and hydroxyzine now I cant sleep and very agitated?

I am on Depakote Zoloft (sertraline) and hydroxyzine now I cant sleep 
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Call your doctor: need to adjust those medications, depakote interacts with zoloft, (sertraline) both can cause nervousness and anxiety, however your doctor had a reason to put you on both. Hydroxyzine interacts with depakote too, it can be withheld for now, but call your doctor for adjusting the others ...Read more

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Is hydroxyzine or cyclobenzaprine better for sleep?

Is hydroxyzine or cyclobenzaprine better for sleep?

Neither best: Many drugs have sedation as one of many side effects, such as the two you mention. In fact, Restoril (temazepam) is an old brand of hydroxyzine I'd written for years ago whose use is implied by the name. Yet it is primarily an antihistamine. Better to ask for currently used drugs whose effects are more specific for insomnia. ...Read more

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Due to sleep pattern, can I take Hydroxyzine (50mg/day) divided to 3 unequal doses; 2 DAY doses of 12.5mg every 6h followed by 25mg dose before sleep?

Due to sleep pattern, can I take Hydroxyzine (50mg/day) divided  to 3 unequal doses; 2 DAY doses of 12.5mg every 6h followed by 25mg dose before sleep?

Sleep pattern?: Hydroxyzine may cause drowsiness for many hours and usually one would take a single dose at bedtime for this purpose. Depending on the person, some may get very drowsy with 12.5 mg others not even 100 mg. Are you thinking about sleep in 2-3 hrs cycle all through the day? Do realize it may impact your job and driving performance. ...Read more

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Hydroxyzine HCl to help me sleep, could this work?

Hydroxyzine HCl to help me sleep, could this work?

See your physician: Hydoxyzine, prescribed as 2 medications .(hcl, atarax) and pamoate, vistaril) is a prescription medication. It is very sedating and will help with sleep. However, it is used mainly as an antihistamine and anti-itch. You should see your physician, to find out why you have difficulty sleeping. If there are no other medical issues, there are medications that would be more specific for insomnia. ...Read more

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Sleeping all day - still groggy and want to sleep; how long for hydroxyzine to wear off?

Sleeping all day - still groggy and want to sleep; how long for hydroxyzine to wear off?

Can be long : Hydroxyzine is not supposed to be a sleep aide and when used for such is prescribed off label due to sedating side effects. It can last a long time and does not allow you to go through your natural sleep cycles so even though you sleep you feel tired and hung over. The new sleeping pills do not have this effect and are shortacting and some are generics and inexpensive. ...Read more

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My 9 year old was prescribed atarax (hydroxyzine) 25mg to help her sleep at night. Can anyone tell me more about this medication?

See below : Atarax (hydroxyzine) is an anti-histamine that has several uses, one of which is insomnia. This is because one of its effects is causing drowsiness. Other uses in children include: anti-anxiety & to stop itching. ...Read more

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Can intake hydroxyzine for urticaria and xnax 1mg for sleep together?

Can intake hydroxyzine for urticaria and xnax 1mg for sleep together?

Better not: may cause CNS and respiratory depression if taken together, we don't know how much hydroxyzine you are on, and you don't want o hold it for the treatment of urticaria, you may want to up the hydroxyzine dose a bit, if the current dose permits, to help you sleep, better than adding xanax, talk to your doctor, good luck ...Read more