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Can atarax (hydroxyzine) really help anxiety and panic attacks?
11 doctors weighed in

Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry
5 doctors agree
In brief: Anx yes, panic no
Atarax (hydroxyzine) is an antihistamine, and like others in this category, has a calming and sedating effect, usually mild in the usual doses given.
Thus, it is a safe and non-addictive option to treat anxiety. Panic attacks are a different thing: sudden, intense, often not triggered by anything obvious. Atarax probably won't help with panic.

In brief: Anx yes, panic no
Atarax (hydroxyzine) is an antihistamine, and like others in this category, has a calming and sedating effect, usually mild in the usual doses given.
Thus, it is a safe and non-addictive option to treat anxiety. Panic attacks are a different thing: sudden, intense, often not triggered by anything obvious. Atarax probably won't help with panic.
Dr. Steven Reidbord
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Dr. Glen Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
4 doctors agree
In brief: Maybe a little
Atarax (hydroxyzine) is an antihistamine, which can have some calming effect.
Although it's not clear it would stop a full-blown panic attack, it might help at least for awhile with anxiety. However, if you are having anxiety and panic attacks, you would be best served by seeking out a psychiatrist (or child and adolescent psychiatrist if this is for a child) knowledgeable about treating this.

In brief: Maybe a little
Atarax (hydroxyzine) is an antihistamine, which can have some calming effect.
Although it's not clear it would stop a full-blown panic attack, it might help at least for awhile with anxiety. However, if you are having anxiety and panic attacks, you would be best served by seeking out a psychiatrist (or child and adolescent psychiatrist if this is for a child) knowledgeable about treating this.
Dr. Glen Elliott
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Atarax (hydroxyzine)
Is an antihistamine used for allergies and occasionally as needed for agitation, not an anxiety medication per se.

In brief: Atarax (hydroxyzine)
Is an antihistamine used for allergies and occasionally as needed for agitation, not an anxiety medication per se.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali
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