Drug Ratings for VISTARIL

Average Rating: 3.0 (181 Ratings)

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 2  Anxiety, insomnia Made me feel like everything was in slow mode, complete blank head thoughts, kept me awake Didn't make me sleep it made me toss and turn, woke up eyes hurt so bad and headache, also a lot of cold chills M 21 1 days
 3  anxiety At first it would help like the first two weeks if I felt anxious or nauseous it would with in ten twenty minutes subside. After a while though I'd feel tired for about ten minutes it would only intensify my anxiety or nausea. But I talked to my doctor he upped my dosage and it continued to help and has yet to intensify any problems. F 22 1 months
50 mg
 1  Anxiety Side effects were, increased depression, heart palpatations,tiredness and increased anxiety.After last day of taking it, I had a morning migraine with severe nausea. Later that day, I was admitted to the hospital with heart palpations and concern of arrhythmia. It took some time to leave my system, but palpations have subsided with no further problems. In my opinion, and from reading the experience of the majority, prescribing Vistaril for anxiety violates the "Do no harm" obligation of medical practitioners. F 57 5 days
25 mg

 4  anxiety Having really bad nightmares and does not help my breathing any but it does help with the attacks have not had one in 23 days now M 21 1 days

 1  anxiety Sleeping all day, dry mouth, fuzzy head. This medication is completely useless unless you just want to sleep your life away M 31 2 days

 1  Anxiety None absolutely nothing. My opinion, does not work for me. F 37 10 days

 3  Anxiety and Panic Wow this medicine is something else! I looked up the side effects and noticed I had all of them! Everything including extra mucus, dry nose,face,& mouth,thirst, increased appetite, acne, insomnia, somnolence, etc... At first I wasn't sure why my doctor prescribed this for me considering I was complaing about panic attacks! I guess she thought I needed to sleep and not work! I tried it for a couple of weeks and probably slept more than 12 hours each day! I stopped taking it and had an allergic reaction to salmon( not sure if the vistaril that caused it) and had to start retaking it! I feel sleepy all the time! My body is constantly craving sugar and caffeine for energy! I have noticed my self eating more and more throughout the day! Althought it helps my breathing and actually makes me relax I would like to try something else! I can't deal with the nightmares considering this medicine is what's making me sleepy and causing the crazy dreams! F 29 4 months
50 mg
 1  insomnia Groggy, confused, dizzy, reeling about the room, blurred vision Had to call in sick to work, slept almost 24 hrs after taking a single pill. Couldn't read or use computer. Had nightmares 1st 24 hrs, then vivid dreams for 2 more nights. It did make me sleep, just way too long. F 53 1 days
50 mg 1X D

 1  anxiety Every time I took it I became very angry and agitated.I kept hearing stuff that wasn't there. Was very out of it and sleepy. others kept asking me If I was alright. I threw the whole bottle away!!!!! I will never take this med again,and would not recommend it to anyone. M 17 5 days

 1  Anxiety I spent a night at my hospital's psychiatric center for the first time due to anxiety and suicidal thoughts. I was put on 50 mg of Vistaril and also 250mg of Depakote. Being sensitive to medication, I passed out immediately. I was given a seven day supply of the Vistaril and was released the next day. I had no problems the first day and was sleeping through the night. However, I started seeing shadows and other visual hallucinations that progressively got worse. Then I started hearing voices. . I will say, it did wonders for my anxiety, but I felt like my thought process would slow way down after I took the Vistaril. The hallucinations got worse. I would see shadows whiz pass me and felt like I could not tune out the voices. I decided to stop taking it thinking no big deal, I've only been on it a week. I was fine the first day, but the second day I woke up with a massive migraine and spent the entire morning throwing up. I also blacked out and smacked my head on the floor when I got out of the shower. I'm still experiencing symptoms a week after being off the Vistaril. I cannot wait for this garbage to get out of my system!!! F 31 7 days

 1  Anxiety Only took once last night and it's 4pm the next day and I've been in this sleepy/foggy daze all day. I feel like I'm overly hot and sweating. I feel like I can't really focus my eyes on anything correctly and just feel super drugged. I won't be giving this drug another try. F 29 1 days
50 MG
 1  Anxiety I became very sleepy after taking first dose, then became I extremely exhausted. I had to cancel all my plans and just slept. I got anxious because I was feeling so drugged. A few hours later I got cramps and diarrhea. Then out of nowhere I started vomiting. I have daily anxiety that I find uncomfortable but at least I can function. Just one pill at 25mg turned me into a basket case. The worst medicine I've ever taken . In my experience, utter garbage. F 55 1 days

 1  anxiety It make me so jumpy and paranoid! I would use color pencils and the tip would break off and I would jump bc it scared the hell out of me! I was paranoid and it was horrible!!!! F 30 7 days
 1  Anxiety Depression, hearing and feeling things that are not there, feeling like crying for no reason, sleepy in the day but not at night, rash in the skin M 14 1 weeks
25 MG
 4  Anxiety My first night taking Vistaril I was nervous. I felt warm after taking it but it passed in a few minutes. I fell asleep around 930 and was outfor 12 hours. I was still groggy for about another hour and a half. Anxiety was low though. In the days that followed, sleeping has gotten worse. I either cant stay asleep or have a nightmare. Nightmares are out of the ordinary. Currently experiencing pain with movement of left eye...not sure if it is related to the med. But it does help with the anxiety. F 29 4 days

 4  anxiety heart fluttering, palpitations, prolonged groogy feeling when took too much, blurry vision has worked well for me after i stopped taking lorazepam. At first had weird dreams but got over that. Overall has helped lessen anxiety, havent had a panic attacks in weeks and isnt habit forming F 32 3 weeks
25MG 1X D

 1  Anxiety I think that you have to have a really good imagination to think that Vistaril works....at ANY dosage. M 61 1 months
50mg x 2

 5  anxiety/ insomnia I've been reading the reviews on here and was surprised at how many people had a problem with Vistaril It has helped me extremely well, anxiety low, I sleep really good and I don't have nightmares, like other people have reported. When it comes to medications I'm not usually this lucky, but Vistaril has been a miracle drug for me. Peace F 45 2 weeks
25mg 4 x d

 1  insomnia, anxiety I was able to fall asleep, but had brutal dreams. Pics would flash through like when someone sees their life before them. Moved through head very rapidly. After the first dose, I was extremely dizzy with a "whooshing" sound anytime I moved my head or eyes. I was not sure it was the med, so took it the next night. Dreams worse--flashes of pictures while asleep. Next am very dizzy--eyes hurt behind lids--"swooshing" sounds again on movement. No more of this med for me! Terrible feeling! F 58 2 days
25mg 2X D

 4  anxiety disorder It has helped with my anxiety but I have to take it in the morning because I'm one of those people that if a medication causes drowsiness in people it has the opposite affect on me..... which is it keeps me from sleeping, don't know why, I guess that's just how my system reacts. I don't plan on being on this med forever but it has helped me while quiting wellbutrin and also tapering off Xanax. F 56 7 days
25 mg 1X D
 5  itching and nausea *From Pain meds None No itching or Nausea. I think this is a great drug to add if you ever need to use some kind of opiate. M 54 2 weeks
50 mg 3X D
 2  anxiety sleepiness, confusion, hallucinations. I really wanted give this drug a chance. I wasn't allowed to have xanax because of people abusing it and my dr. said this was a better choice. I take celexa in the morning. I took it late in the evening, as recommended by my pharmacist. I felt really sleepy and relaxed, but when I went to bed, I started to hallucinate. The shadows in my bedroom started to move around. I saw things moving around in my bedroom and felt like there were other people in my apartment. I will not take this again. I know this was just my experience, but if it really helps someone, that is great. Just not for me. F 26 1 days
25 1X D
 1  Anxiety It doesn't calm me down at all. Made my stomache hurt real bad. Made me sleepy F 2 days
50mg 1X D

 5  Panic Attacks At first I was nervous to take Vistaril; but when I woke up in the morning, I realized that Vistaril helped me sleep throughout the night; no bad dreams at all. I took it with Lisinopril 2.5mgs to help lower the blood pressure that comes with having severe anxiety. I was a bit drowsy the next morning, but was able to do things calm and collected. Premature to say anything about Vistaril and its effects; but I do know that the stress that my body had is stabilized at the moment; that is 1 time dosage of 25mgs at 9:00pm. I plan to stay off it once I return to the gym, but will continue to use my 2/5mgs of Lisinopril; because anxiety does, and can, cause an increase of blood pressure, not even funny. Vistaril I used before, but I didn't use it as recommended; now this 2nd time around I did and it did wonders. I thought I will be at the ER again with a blood pressure reading of 189/117, but so far my blood pressure reading, on Vistaril has been 119/70 or 129/82. Not bad!! And pulse below 80. I do not plan to take it for a duration of time; as I don't want to be zombie like or disconnected from the world. But for an emergency basis, Vistaril has been a life savor; not to mention faith and believe in my savior Jesus. M 42 1 days
25mg 1X D
 1  Severe Insomnia Tremors, muscle twitches, leg and muscle pain, anxiety At first I thought this was a wonder drug helping finally get some sleep. But this is NOT to be taken long term. The problem is that I have a few other debilitating issues in addition to relentless insomnia. It took me a long time to realize that it was this "harmless" antihistamine that was causing a host of bizarre symptoms including: depression, twitches, tics, excessive worrying, blundering through life in a fog and generally wishing I was dead. This evil sh!t is a wolf in sheep's clothing. Stay far, far away unless you want to end up in the psych ward or ER. Doctors or the FDA should be sued for prescribing/allowing this poison. DON'T TAKE IT. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED M 52 4 years
25 mg 1X D
 2  bipolar manic I cant stop eating F 50 1 weeks
50 mg
 1  Interstitial cystitis Awful Made me anxiety riddled and shaky and this made me worry about EVERYTHING! Poison ... Take this shit off the market and stop letting the FDA tell us crap like this is ok to put in our bodies ! F 56 2 days
 1  Sinus Congestion Sedation, groggyness, tremor, panic, anxiety, paranoia This medication is TERRIBLE..took 100mg in one day. 25mg every 4 to 6 hours as needed for sinus congestion. It helped with the congestion and the anxiety that I was experiencing but once it wore off. That's when everything hit the fan. I developed tremors in my lower jaw, lip, and muscle twitches in my arm and leg. It also caused me to have weird hypnogogic jerks when ever I attempted to go to sleep at night. I have been very on and off with this drug and it has done nothing but make me needlessly worry about whether or not something is wrong with me. I started experiencing all of this crap one day after taking it. I can't wait for all of this to get out of my system. I hated this drug so much that I threw the rest of it in the garbage can. I really DO NOT recommend this drug to anyone. There are better methods for anxiety and sinus congestion and this is coming from a person who has really high levels of anxiety and chronic problems with sinuses. F 23 3 weeks
25mg 4X D
 1  anxiety stress Completely worthless for anxiety its not strong enough M 26 4 days
50 mg

 2  Anxiety,depression,panic attacks I have really bad anxiety wich usually results in multiple panic attacks a day and im not to big on any form of drug but sometimes you really have no other choice. This medication is honestly the worst thing for anxiety out there. Its the crazy side effects, like at night I get restless leg so bad that I have to go jogging before I can get to sleep. The headaches, anger, and extreme irritability dont help either. Oh and dry mouth, heart palpitations and fluttering, increased anxiety, hot flashes, and panic attacks 2hrs into the medication. I tossed this medication in the trash. It only costs $5.84 M 22 5 days
50 MG
 1  ptsd anxiety disorder Caused psychotic episodes. made me like a crazy zombie. Depression worsened. Not effective. Better off taking Benedryl. F 23 1 years
50 Mg 4x

 4  Anxiety Drowsiness, dry mouth, crazy dreams. Works very well for anxiety and mild panic attacks. Has a good calming effect along with sedative effect to help me stay asleep at night which I couldn't do before the medicine. I recommend to at least try it. No bad side effects just typical antihistamine effects as mentioned before. F 23 1 months
50 mg 2X D

 1  Anxiety/Depression Sleepiness Irritability Loss of Concentration/Focus Confusion This medication did absolutely nothing to treat my anxiety or lessen it. All that this medication truly is, is a prescribed form of Benadryl. The only thing it does, is that it acts as a sedative, but for someone like me, who has chronic insomnia, the feeling of being sleepy from taking this medication makes me irritable and unable to function/concentrate throughout the day. F 16
25 2X D
 5  alcohol withdrawal None Unlike the other bz's i've been given, Vs helps me to sleep and is not as difficult to obtain as my community clinic can dispense it. M 50 5 days
30 4X D
 5  Insomnia/Anxiety I was able to sleep without ever waking up. Dry mouth in the beginning, but quickly goes away. Vivid or weird dreams now and them. Currently I have been off for a few days go reasons. I am unable to sleep and feel more panicky. F 17 2 years
50-150 MG

 4  Insomnia 1st time taking had a headache but not anymore. Dry mouth. After about 5 days I started to notice it was helping have longer and longer sleeping sessions at night instead of waking up every 2-3 hrs. Except for the 1st day, I do not wake up groggy the next day. I would recommend at least trying it if you've tried Xanax, Klonopin, Trazodone, Ambien, with no help. F 8 days
75 1X D
 2  Anxiety This med knocked me out for the 1st couple days I took it. after going to bed early, I guess I became immunned. Started feeling like a zombie & disconnected. I would not reccomend this to anyone whos used to benzos. It makes ur anxiety worse over time, u have tremors throughout the day, and ur heart feels strained/beats fast. Works great for allergic reactions and sleep but DEF not anxiety! F 23 4 weeks
25mg x2

 2  anxiety no side effects Was given this as a substitute for valium/ativan. The first night I took 100mg and was knocked out. It hasn't had any sedative or anxiolytic effects ever since. I find other antihistamines like diphenhydramine (benadryl) and doxylamine much more sedating, and for that reason better for anxiety, although sedation is only an indirect way of treating anxiety. I realize this drug works wonders for some, and I'm very happy for you, but for me it was a total bust. Too bad. M 35 2 weeks
50-200mg 1X D

 1  Anxiety Sleepiness, increased anxiety, anger F 34 3 days

 5  Perimenopausal anxiety symptoms Sleepiness. Heavy feeling in my head. I am very sensitive to meds and these side effects are mild. I absolutely love this. It helps with the anxiety and is a lifesaver. Only take it when I need it so my first prescription of 30 pills lasted 8 months and I don't have to worry about dependency. Godsend. So glad my ob/gyn suggested it!!! F 40 8 months
 2  Anxiety I sleep way too much and wake up really tired. I also have a very dry mouth and need to pee constantly. It makes me feel like a zombie and actually makes me feel emotionally worse. My depression has gotten worse, I have angry outbursts and I get very shaky. It does help with my insomnia but not with my anxiety. F 18 7 days

 2  Anxiety, insomnia Severe tremors, nervousness, numbness of limbs, face, and sexual organs. Do NOT Take this medication until you consult with you doctor AND obtain a second opinion. The side effects outweigh the benefit of this medication. M 45 5 days
25 MG 3X D
 5  Anxiety and Mood Stabelizing Drowsiness, but it helps to keep me calm and if I get mad it helps me to not fight and beat people M 18 7 months
 5  acute anxiety Some nausea and dizziness, but it's WELL worth it! I had severe neck and back spasms for 4 weeks. This is the only thing that gave me relief. F 45 2 days
25mg 3-4x/

 1  Anxiety/opiate withdrawal Blurred vision, extreme dizziness, nausea, severe headache, worsened anxiety, heart palpitations, all around worst feeling I have ever had, I would rather suffer from withdrawal!! First day I took this med I took on 25mg tab. I slept for about 16 hrs. It was not refreshing sleep, I just felt extremely doped up and sedated almost like waking from anesthesia. Today I took 1/3 of a 25mg tab. Ten hours later I am still extremely tired, I can hardly see, my eyes feel heavy and I cannot focus them, lack of focus, horrible anxiety, basically worst med I have ever taken F 28 2 days
25mg 3X D

 3  Hives tired. I can't wake up. I would sleep12 hours if given a chance. I wish I could find something to counteract the exhaustion. This is the only medication I have found so far to prevent my hives, but i'm exhausted all the time. F 46 2 weeks
25 1X D

 1  Anxiety M 42 20 months
50mg 1X D

 5  Anxiety Helps with anxiety and sleep. I have no drowsiness taking it during the day. It's saved my life. F 25 6 months
50 MG

 4  Insomnia and anxiety Just a calm feeling and also helps my anxiety. F 31 10 days

 4  anxiety The only side effect I have is a bit of a hangover feeling the morning after, but, usually only lasts an hour. I would recommend this to anyone experiencing anxiety. It is non habit forming and can be stopped at any time. I used to take Xanax and the doctor pulled me off for fear of dependency. F 33 4 months
50mg 1X D
 4  Insomnia, nausea Sleepiness. It did calm me down as well and helped me sleep. It contains an antihistamine, so you probably wouldn't want to take too much of it. I have also read that long-term use can cause Tardive Dyskinesia. M 49 2 weeks
25 MG. 2X D

 2  Insomnia/Anxiety Hypersedation Sluggishness Muscle Shakes when waking up Vivid dreams, mostly quite negative ones This medication worked ok for a bit. Definitely puts me to sleep at night, and I sleep very soundly. The only problem is that I don't wake up. I will sleep right through any alarm. Generally speaking, this medication makes me sleep about 17-18 hours. It's completely unmanageable. There is no reason I should be sleeping this long, but when I take this medication, it is impossible for me to get out of bed before then. If I manage to get out of bed at a reasonable time, I am extremely tired all day, and feel like I could go right back to sleep any minute. This is terrible. I would not recommend this to anyone, unless you don't want to do anything else with your life except sleep. F 29 3 weeks
50mg 1X D
 1  anxiety Headache F 27 3 days
25 mg

 1  anxiety hi i suffer with depression anxiety an insommnia the otherday i took 1 25mg tab of vistaril it didnt do anything for anxiety just made my stomache feel a bit dodgy lastnight i took 2 x 25mg tabs so 50mg it was horrible i felt manic sweaty hot angry violent started shouting at stupid things couldnt sleep so took my zopiclone half hour later was asleep now ive woke up feeling tired stressed angry and violent going mad about minor things also feel slightly detached from reality an i dont know how to shake it M 26 1 days
 2  Anxiety brain fog, hangover, drowsy, depersonalization, anxiety, potential hallucinations, depression I was prescribed this a few days ago as an alternative to a benzodiazepine for anxiety. The first dose of 25mg was ok-- it calmed my body down, certainly. Unfortunately, it also made me feel detached and somewhat depressed. It was manageable at first, but as I tried more doses later in the day and night (I took 4 doses overall), the brain fog, detachment, and depression worsened. Any time I tried to sleep on it, (which was twice), I woke up many times with night sweats and bizarre dreams. While napping during my last dose, I had a period of about 2 hours where I couldn't tell if I was dreaming or awake and I heard talking that wasn't there-- really freaked me out. Anyway, I think I'm done with this drug. I would recommend trying it if you want to avoid benzodiazepines, many people have very good reactions to it. I was afraid that I might not because I have had similar reactions when I have taken more than one dose of benadryl for sleep for a day or two. So, BOO, I really wanted this drug to work for me!! F 24 2 days
25mg 1X D
 4  Anxiety Felt like I took some Benadryl (because this is an anti histamine I obviously expected this). Hopefully this works better than Xanax XR. M 22 2 days
25 mg

 5  Anxiety and allergies This medication is outstanding! I recommend it to anyone considering it. I get allergy attacks that make me break out in hives and swelling along with at times panic attacks. I have gotten to the point that I only have to take one pill every 3-4 days and have been doing so for over 15 years. This is just as good ad life's bread for me. I have no side affects from but do wake up a little heavy the day after taking it but it wears away after a nice hot shower! M 38 10 years
50 MG

 4  Anxiety. panic attacks Ive become very shaky. Mostly my hands and arms and mainly in the morning when I first wake up. But it does help for the panic attacks. I was taking ativan but I was told very little chance of becoming addicted to vistaril F 23 3 weeks
50 mg

 4  Anxiety Mornings are very sluggish like I have a hang-over, sometimes have a head pressure and dizziness. Always able to sleep well when taking, never have a problem waking in the middle of the night to the dog barking, always fall asleep promptly afterwards. M 25 1 months
50 QD

 3  anxiety Sleep.. M 21 2 years

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