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How well does the drug vistaril (hydroxyzine) compare to other anti-anxiety pills?
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Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry
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In brief: Individuals differ
Vistaril (hydroxyzine) is an antihistamine with mild sedating and anxiety-relieving effects.
It doesn't work the same as a benzodiazepine (valium, Ativan etc), but then it's not addictive either. Some people get a lot of relief from vistaril (hydroxyzine) and similar meds; some don't. Talk to your doctor about what works for you and what doesn't. There may be other options to explore.

In brief: Individuals differ
Vistaril (hydroxyzine) is an antihistamine with mild sedating and anxiety-relieving effects.
It doesn't work the same as a benzodiazepine (valium, Ativan etc), but then it's not addictive either. Some people get a lot of relief from vistaril (hydroxyzine) and similar meds; some don't. Talk to your doctor about what works for you and what doesn't. There may be other options to explore.
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