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Is vistaril (hydroxyzine) truly as effective in treating anxiety as a benzodiazepine?

Is vistaril (hydroxyzine) truly as effective in treating anxiety as a benzodiazepine?

Probably not: There's a reason benzodiazepines are so widely used: they work well, particularly for anxiety. Sedating antihistamines like vistiril (hydroxyzine) are non-addictive & thus preferable if they do the job. But the truth is, for most people benzodiazepines are more effective. There are other alternatives, by the way: ssris, buspar, (buspirone) beta-blockers, & sedating antidepressants (trazodone, doxepin). ...Read more

Dr. Patricia Foster
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Hydroxyzine Hydrochloride (Definition)

Hydroxyzine is the generic name for medicines called Atarax or vistaril (hydroxyzine). These are antihistamines that can reduce itching but also cause drowsiness. Vistaril (hydroxyzine) is also used as ...Read more


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Are benzodiazepines safe?

Are benzodiazepines safe?

Benzodiazepines: Used for short-term treatment of anxiety, muscle spasm, insomnia, agitation, sedation, they are safe, as long as closely monitored by your doctor. ...Read more

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Is cyclobenzaprine a benzodiazepine?

Is cyclobenzaprine a benzodiazepine?

No: Cyclobenzaprine, also known as flexeril, (cyclobenzaprine hcl) is not a benzodiazepine. It is more closely related to the tricyclic antidepressants, and is used for muscle spasms. ...Read more

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What are the uses of vistaril (hydroxyzine)?

What are the uses of vistaril (hydroxyzine)?

Vistaril (hydroxyzine): It is used as a mild antihistamine, as a tranquilizer that is non-addicting, to help old patients rest. It is combined with pain shots to reduce the incidence of nausea and lower anxiet related to pain. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of benzodiazepine withdrawals?

Similar to alcohol: Anxiety, high pulse rate, high blood pressure, seizures, restlessness, and confusion are also possible. ...Read more

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What are the effects of vistaril (hydroxyzine) like?

What are the effects of vistaril (hydroxyzine) like?

Older antihistamine : Vistaril, (hydroxyzine) Hydroxyzine is an older antihistamine usually used to treat itching. It can be used as a mild hypnotic (sleeing aide) or mild anti-anxiety med (tranquilizer). Major side effect is sedation (sleepiness). ...Read more

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Is clozapine a benzodiazepine?

No: Clozapine is considered a 2nd generation antipsychotic medication, typically used in schizophrenia, that antagonizes quite a few neurotransmitter receptors, eg Dopamine d1 & d4 plus serotonin 5ht2 & cholinergic muscarinic ones, too. It's a very effective drug when used under close observation but can only be prescribed under restricted distribution due high risk for agranulocytosis, etc. ...Read more

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Which benzodiazepines are hypnotic?

Sleep: Hypnotic in medicine means a medication helps with sleep. Ambien (zolpidem) is an example of a hypnotic Benzodiazepine. Halcion is another. ...Read more

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Is vistaril (hydroxyzine) addictive?

Is vistaril (hydroxyzine) addictive?

No: Vistaril helps restless and anxiety through it's antihistamine activity, much like benadryl (diphenhydramine). It is not addictive, but if you are taking it several times daily you could find yourself having some withdrawal symptoms like runny nose. ...Read more

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Is clozapine (clozaril) benzodiazepine?

Is clozapine (clozaril)  benzodiazepine?

Dibenzodiazepine: Clozaril/clozapine is not a benzodiazepine like lorazepam/ativan or alprazolam/xanax. Its chemical structure is a dibenzodiazepine and it is a 2nd generation antipsychotic. ...Read more

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What causes benzodiazepines to be toxic?

Don't know what you: mean by "toxic," because actually, benzodiazepines have very little "toxicity" as we define it. Many drugs can cause stomach and intestinal inflammation, liver damage, heart damage, fluid retention, reduce the immune system, cause severe rashes - benzodiazepines have essentially none of these (allergy is always possible). They cause physical dependency and can cause addiction, and memory problems ...Read more

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Can i mix lunesta (eszopiclone) and vistaril?

Can i mix lunesta (eszopiclone) and vistaril?

See below: Both will make you sleepy. While that is not a complete contraindication it certainly is a caution. ...Read more

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Describe the problem of benzodiazepine abuse.?

Addictive disorder: Even when used properly, long-term benzodiazepine use will lead to tolerance such that higher doses will be necessary to achieve the same anti-anxiety effect. This situation should not be confused with benzodiazepine abuse, where one is taking extra amounts of benzodiazepines in order to achieve a "high" or euphoria. Xanax (alprazolam) is the benzodiazepine most often abused as it can produce a high. ...Read more

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Can vistaril (hydroxyzine) still help my anxiety?

Can vistaril (hydroxyzine) still help my anxiety?

Vistaril (hydroxyzine): Is not a drug of choice for anxiety and I am not sure what you mean by "still". Can you clarify? ...Read more

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How can I handle withdrawal from benzodiazepines?

Go slow, work w doc: 1. A slow, gradual dose taper is best. Go especially slowly as you approach zero. This can take weeks or more in tough cases. 2. Decrease the daily dose, don't stretch out the time between doses. 3. Sometimes it helps to substitute a different benzo (or phenobarbital) that has a longer half-life. 4. Work closely with your prescribing doctor. Good luck! ...Read more

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How can I taper off the benzodiazepine lorazepam?

With medical help: You should be under the care of a doctor who is knowledgeable about benzodiazepines like lorazepam. There are multiple ways to do it but they all involve either gradual stepwise reductions or changing to a longer acting agent and initiating a gradual taper with this different agent. It is better to talk with a doctor about it first to determine if it is even safe to do so to begin with. ...Read more

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Describe the features of benzodiazepine toxicity.?

Sedation / coma: Benzodiazepines are a class of medication which can help with anxiety and sleep disorders. Well known drugs include valium, ativan, and klonopin (clonazepam). Too much benzodiazepine typically causes sedation ranging from drowsiness to coma. Combining benzodiazepines with other drugs, especially in excess (such as alcohol) is exceedingly dangerous. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of vistaril (hydroxyzine) ?

Vistaril (hydroxyzine) side effect: Common side effects may include: dizziness, drowsiness, blurred vision, dry mouth, or
headache. Serious side effects (stop med and call doc) include: restless muscle movements in your eyes, tongue, jaw, or neck; tremor (uncontrolled shaking); confusion; or seizure (convulsions). ...Read more

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Is Vistaril (hydroxyzine) a good Medicine for Anxiety.

Is Vistaril (hydroxyzine) a good Medicine for Anxiety.

Sometimes: Hydroxyzine is not necessarily the drug of choice but may be applicable in certain situations. It is not likely to cause dependence. ...Read more

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Does anyone get nightmares from vistaril (hydroxyzine)?

Does anyone get nightmares from vistaril (hydroxyzine)?

Vistaril (hydroxyzine): Vistaril (hydroxyzine) is antihistamine for anxiety & congestion. Nightmares were reported but uncommon & depend on dosage. ...Read more

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And what are the side effects of vistaril (hydroxyzine)?

And what are the side effects of vistaril (hydroxyzine)?

Sedation: Most common side effect of first generation antihistamines is sedation. ...Read more

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Are benzodiazepines dangerous for recovering alcoholics?

Not really: Benzodiazepines when prescribed by a physician is in fact used to treat alcohol dependance. ...Read more

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Is it common for benzodiazepines to cause hallucinations?

Not uncommon at all: Just ask my son what he remembers when he was in the hospital for abdominal pain, was given Ativan (lorazepam) and then, saw needles and syringes on the floor of his room to the point where he wouldn't get out of bed. He also ran and locked himself in the bathroom when his mother walked in screaming she was a witch and there to eat him. Any other questions? www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi Use Key Code: PDXFNR ...Read more

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Could my recent nightmares be from vistaril (hydroxyzine)?

Could my recent nightmares be from vistaril (hydroxyzine)?

Yes: Vistaril (hydroxyzine) has the potential to alter sleep architecture, which includes rem sleep, where dreaming occurs. The potential to induce vivid or disturbing dreams is a potential side effect of many different medications. ...Read more

Dr. Tipu Sultan
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Vistaril (Definition)

Vistaril is a sedating antihistamine which is a kind of antihistamine type drug (common ...Read more


Benzodiazepine (Definition)

They are used for anxiety ...Read more