Drug Ratings for VISTARIL

Average Rating: 3.1 (165 Ratings)

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 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
4/19/2014

 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
3/3/2014

 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
2/18/2014

 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
12/27/2013
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 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
12/26/2013
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 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
12/18/2013
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 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
12/6/2013

 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
10/31/2013
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 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
10/17/2013
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 2  bipolar manic I cant stop eating F 50 1 weeks
50 mg
10/14/2013
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 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
25
10/6/2013
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 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
9/12/2013
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 1  anxiety stress Completely worthless for anxiety its not strong enough M 26 4 days
50 mg
9/2/2013

 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
8/22/2013
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 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
6/30/2013

 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
5/9/2013

 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
4/11/2013
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 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
3/22/2013
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 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
1/13/2013

 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
11/29/2012
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 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
11/27/2012

 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
8/2/2012

 1  Anxiety Sleepiness, increased anxiety, anger F 34 3 days
50Mg
7/29/2012

 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
25mg
7/28/2012
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 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
25MG
7/13/2012

 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
7/8/2012
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 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
50mg
6/28/2012
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 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/
6/12/2012

 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
5/29/2012

 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
5/22/2012

 1  Anxiety M 42 20 months
50mg 1X D
5/9/2012
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 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
5/7/2012

 4  Insomnia and anxiety Just a calm feeling and also helps my anxiety. F 31 10 days
100
4/23/2012

 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
4/11/2012
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 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
4/7/2012

 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
3/15/2012
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 1  anxiety Headache F 27 3 days
25 mg
3/9/2012

 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
50mg
2/24/2012
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 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
2/9/2012
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 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
2/5/2012

 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
12/31/2011

 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
12/29/2011

 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
12/24/2011

 3  anxiety Sleep.. M 21 2 years
50mg
12/7/2011

 4  anxiety attacks heart fluttering crazy dreams its helped me alot! highly recommend for anxiety and rest F 34 2 months
25 4X D
11/13/2011
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 5  IC issues, anxiety None. Doesn't make me sleepy and has been great for my anxiety issues! And has stopped my IC systoms too! M 31 7 days
25 mg 2X D
10/27/2011
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 5  anxiety/panic attacks Tired This med helped me relax, brought me back from the edge, did'nt have to worry about life just enjoyed it. Did well for me once I got use to it. M 52 6 months
25mg 2X D
9/13/2011

 4  insomnia dry mouth It's a fairly decent sleep medication. I've taken Ambien for a few years, and it was taken from me by customs workers while traveling abroad. I struggled to sleep without it and was given Vistaril at a local pharmacy. I wasn't given awesome sleep, or feel totally refreshed, but it sure was better than nothing. It salvaged my trip, and I'd recommend it in a pinch. F 27 2 weeks
100 mgs. 1X D
9/6/2011

 1  anxiety and insomnia Very medicated feeling which not a good feeling at all. Not tired just medicated. I was prescribed this for my anxiety, nocturnal panic attacks and insomnia by my therapist. I am also on Zoloft (11 days now... 1st 7 days was 25mg and now 50mg). Vistaril does not work; in fact I had a nocturnal panic attack on it. I have also tried valerian root and melatonin and that don't work either. So! What works? BESIDES benzo's because I do not want to become addicted nor do I want to continue to suffer. F 36 7 days
50-75mg 1X D
8/7/2011
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 1  anxiety/panic attacks It's horrid. I have become agoraphobic, I get so drowsy but I'm too panicked to sleep, it does nothing to help with anxiety, and I have to take three at once just to feel anything. DO NOT TAKE VISTARIL! F 24 1 months
25mg 2X D
8/5/2011
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 1  anxiety HATE THIS DRUG! DRY MOUTH, DOWSINESS, & PERHAPS i AM "IMMUNE" TO THIS DRUG. I felt nothing at all in the way of helping the severe panic attacks and anxiety unless took along with klonopin...when needed. F 29
50mg 2X D
7/25/2011

 4  Panic/Anxiety/Insomnia No real side effects I can think of. Maybe a little upset stomach, but seems OK if I just eat a bit before hand. I am on a small dose, though. It's been a nice addition to my anti-anxiety toolbox. Not a cure all, but does help me sleep and calms the CNS at night a bit. Seems much safer than most antianxiety options, so I'd suggest giving it a try before benzos, SSRI's, etc. It didn't end up being a "cure" for me, but I do believe it's helped stabilize things. M 42 2 months
.25 1X D
7/21/2011
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 5  anxiety drowsy THIS MEDICATION SAVED MY LIFE. MY ANXIETY WAS SO BAD I THREW UP ALL DAY AND DREADED MY LIFE. MY RELATIVE TOOK 3 MONTHS OFF WORK TO TAKE CARE OF ME AND I HAD MANY ER VISITS. THE FIRST TIME I WAS PERSCRIBED THIS I STOPPED TAKING IT BECAUSE I THOUGHT IT WASNT WORKING. BUT THE DOCTOR CONVINCED ME TO KEEP GOING. AFTER ABOUT A WEEK I NOTICED WOW I WENT 2 MINUTED WITHOUT DEBILITATING ANXIETY ! AND IT ONLY GOT BETTER AND BETTER. IT SAVED MY LIFE. I HAVE TAKEN THIS FOR YEARS AND HAVE HAD 0 SIDE EFFECTS BESIDES BEING DROWSY WHICH GOES AWAY AFTER THE FIRST WEEK OF USING IT. IT -DID NOT- MAKE ME HAVE A LATE PERIOD AS SOME HAVE SUGGESTED. SOMEONE SAID IT MADE THEM FEEL LIKE A DRONE BUT YOU HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THAT IS THE DROWSY FEELING ITS THE SAME FEELING IF YOU WERE TO TAKE BENADRYLL. SOMEONE ALSO SAID IT TOOK HER A WEEK TO NOT FEEL LIKE A DRONE AND GET OUT OF HER SYSTEM BUT IF YOU LOOK UP THE FACTS OF THE LIFE OF THE MEDICATION IT IS OUT OF YOUR SYSTEM QUICKLY. I STARTED TAKING THIS 4 X A DAY AND NOW I AM TO NOT EVEN ONE A DAY. THIS COMING FROM SOMEONE WHO THOUGHT THE ONLY TO GET OUT OF MY TORMENT WAY WAS TO POSSIBLY END MY LIFE. NOW I LIVE A COMPLETELY NORMAL LIFE. DONT LISTEN TO WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT THIS DRUG IN A NEGATIVE LIGHT. IT IS A GODSEND FOR THOSE WITH ANXIETY BUT YOU DO NEED TO TAKE IT FOR AT LEAST A WEEK AND TAKE A HIGH ENOUGH DOSE LIKE I SAID 4X DAY TO INITIALLY STABILIZE YOUR BODYS SHOCK. F 25
50 4X D
6/16/2011

 5  for sleep none its better then,Ambien, to many side effects of Ambien, so i take this, my new med, vistaril, and my other one, i take for 3 times a day,xanax, i take these, cause it helps me to go on with my life, but i only take, vistaril, for,every other night, i dont stay on it cause its not, hapit, med so you dont gain weight that way, its, what you put in your mouth, that makes you gain, but im just on vistaril, to i gain my sleep back then im going out it, then i can sleep on my own, without that, try this way it really will work, F 47 2 days
25mg 1X D
5/17/2011
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 1  Anxiety, Panic Attacks Extreme drowsiness, sedation, loss of period!!!, clear nipple discharge I took this med due to me trying to get off of Klonopin. Deabilitating panic attacks daily, this med helped a bit but not much. Made me a zombie! Also had late, messed up period! I am still waiting for the drug to get out of my system, been 4 days since I stopped taking it. Also had clear nipple discharge which has not gone away yet. I believe that the other female poster was right about the loss of periods! Now I'm back to square 1 trying to wean off KP! F 40 7 days
50 1X D
5/5/2011
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 4  Anxiety, extreme nervousness Seems good for anxiety. Still I'm somewhat nervous, although much calmer than I used to be. Some drowsiness and dizziness. F 48 2 weeks
25 mg 2X D
4/28/2011
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 1  to help enhance pain medication I suffered horrible nightmares and scary images. I had several shadow hallucinations and everything seemed amplified. The nightmares were running and being chased and violated emotionally dreams. I was tlaking in sleep and if hadn't had surgery on hip prior, may have been sleep walking. Thsi drug was horrible. I do not recommend unless your doctor has justified it and you have ability to respond and contact doctor regarding effects on you. F 54 3 days
25mmg 3X D
4/4/2011
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 5  Major anxiety and panic attacks Very tired, but it passes within an hour. I am already on lexapro and klonopin, for about 7 years now, but my anxiety and panic attacks have been at their highest ecer the last couple months, after doing research on here and the web, I picked 3 meds and went to the dr. and she said she thought this one would be the best for me. ( I have tried every other anti-anxiety med out there, and abilify) nothing worked. I am on my second day of vistaril and I have never felt better. I never knew this calm feelng, I am amazed! I am a perky person, it has lowered that slightly but not enough to be obvious to others so I think that will go away. I hope this med continues to be a miracle for me!!! I feel so calm, at ease and just plain wonderful!!!! F 38 2 days
50 mg 3X D
4/2/2011
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 4  Panic Attacks, Anxiety, Depression Dry Mouth, minor drowsiness, coldness. Overall great calming effect. Took during a severe anxiety attack and within 30 minutes the panic attack had subsided. I would recommend this drug to anyone who doesn't want the addictive side effects of benzodiazepines. F 26 1 days
50 4X D
3/18/2011

 5  Hives, panic attacks, insomnia When I first starting taking it I was really tired for the first couple of days. My hives were so severe covered my body from head to toe it scared people to look at me they thought I was going to die or something. After seeing lots of dr's a 3 trips to er I was put on vistaril. It took care of my hives and the insomnia. I still have little problem with anxiety but for the most part that stays under control too. The doctor says I have allergies caused from stress. I do know what caused all this to happen I lost my 24 year old daughter to leukemia. Let's just say I went a little crazy. Vistaril has really helped. F 47 4 years
100 2X D
3/10/2011
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