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Is it safe to break open my vistaril (hydroxyzine) capsule before swallowing?
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Dr. Gary Steven
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
In brief: Yes, if you like
Medications are encapsulated primarily to make them easier to take, although sometimes the capsule serves to deliver the drug to the intestines, not the stomach.
Vistaril (hydroxyzine) is also available as a liquid (web search on "vistaril package insert"), so the capsule doesn't serve any purpose other than to prevent you from tasting it. If you can tolerate the taste, you can open the capsule.

In brief: Yes, if you like
Medications are encapsulated primarily to make them easier to take, although sometimes the capsule serves to deliver the drug to the intestines, not the stomach.
Vistaril (hydroxyzine) is also available as a liquid (web search on "vistaril package insert"), so the capsule doesn't serve any purpose other than to prevent you from tasting it. If you can tolerate the taste, you can open the capsule.
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