Average Rating: 2.6 (33 Ratings)

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 1  Anxiety Total joke. Glorified Benadryl. Hospitals give it out to shut you up. M 45 2 years
20 mg 1X D
 1  anxiety Took my first dose today at 2:50pm it is now 8:50pm...chest tightness and cough. Very tired, knocked me out. I will not take this again. The chest tightness and cough is miserable. F 36 1 days
25mg 1X D
 1  Anxiety Itchiness, dry mouth, racing heart, vivd dreams, feeling like I've just woken up but it lasts ALL DAY. Took this for not even a week and I can already say that this isn't for me. I have extreme anxiety and this just doesn't cut it, it's like I've been drinking the night before and I just have a perpetual hangover. I'm confused and now I think I might have heart problems even though its probably just my anxiety. Helps me sleep though... but it's not worth it when all you want to do is sleep. Wouldn't recommend, I'd give a 0 if I could. Seems a lot of others don't like this either and it stays in your system for 70 HOURS mind you. M 20 7 days
50 1X D
 1  Anxiety I have anxiety and I am sensitive to medications, my doctor prescribed me hydroxyzine because she said there isn't any side effects. Well, she was wrong, this medication made me so tired, all I did was sleep and the next day I felt hungover. It makes you sleepy and not actually deal with the anxiety. F 41 1 days
1X D
 1  Anxiety Not drowsy at all, still immense anxiety dry mouth I told the psychiatrist that i've tired this medication before with no results just vivid dreams, she decided to double the dosage because she "doesn't prescribe benzodiazepines" which is understandable, but i've been seeing a psychiatrist since 13 and still haven't found a medication that works for me. She can see my charts , my anxiety has taken over my life and I just want something to actually help. F 20 1 days
50mg 1X AN
 1  Sleep issues Did nothing for me Did not even make me sleepy Will not continue use F 65 3 days
50mg 1X D
 1  Insomnia Severe grogginess and lethargy. The next day after I took my first dose I lay on the couch all day and when I got up I was dizzy. My doctor prescribed up to three pills a day but I only ever took one. Thank goodness because I would probably have been hospitalized if I took more. After that first attempt I didn't take it again for a while but my insomnia was so bad my doctor persuaded me to give it another try. So I cut it in half. Two weeks later I now have severe dry mouth, blurry eyes that don't function together, pupils that don't expand and contract properly, very dry eyes, itching, burning, hives, feeling nauseated, decreased appetite, dizziness and weakness. I have asthma to begin with and the shortness of breath after the hydroxyzine is so bad I thought I had covid-19. F 54 2 weeks
25 mg 1X D
 1  Sleep and anxiety low blood pressure 102/52, 86/56 painful eyes relieved by drops increases increased insomnia weakness nausea muscle pain in legs and chest blurry vision Why do doctors insist on giving an antihistamine when a medicine to help get sleep works? Until I was forced to take antihistamines to sleep I didn't have any problems other than working rotation shifts and way too much overtime. Is it they are afraid of addiction? I fail to see what a doctor is afraid of when they write a prescription, After all a patient can't, after, all take more than prescribed .We are are not all looking to score drugs. We wouldn't come to them for help if we needed heroin? NOW I am going to have to lay here and let it clear my system so I CAN ACTUALLY WALK. I was on aid for sleep for 30 years without needing or taking more than prescribed. I didn't require an ever increasing dose of sleeping medication. I need sleep to work. Now I MIGHT NEED AN EXCUSE FROM THE DOCTOR TO KEEP MY JOB. F 55 1 months
25 3X D
 3  Sleep disorder Extremely tired daily similar to a hangover that lasts all day. Some weight gain as well F 66 0 months
50 1X D
 1  anxiety EXTREME drowsiness I took it at like 11pm and slept all night and into the next day until about 8pm. could barely walk to get water. WOULD NOT RECOMMEND F 19 1 days
25 1X D
 3  Anxiety When I first started taking the pill I was so exhausted and didn't feel like myself after a week it started to help and my body was getting use to it after acouple more weeks my legs started to shake for a day then ever sense then when I take the medicine my legs have been hurting so bad to the point where it hurts to stand or walk it feels like I have been standing for like hours. F 18 0 days
30 1X H
 4  Anxiety / Panic Attacks I first had a SEVERE panic attack on June 27th 2020 I've never experienced anything like it before. I seriously thought I was going to die or pass out, I felt my heart beating out of my chest! Left the ER with the Hydroxyzine prescribed to me.. Couldn't get the medication right away being that there's a lot closed at 1am now due to Covid-19. After leaving the doctors my chest felt tight and I felt drained, exhausted. 2 days later I had another panic attack and I didn't know how to control it.. I finally took the Hydroxyzine and it did calm me down but I ended up falling asleep. This pill makes you feel like you do not own your body. You feel like you're just floating and it doesn't really help you with coping with your panic attacks or anxiety attacks.. Fast forward to July 3rd 2020 I am up at 1am cannot sleep.. mind you I took the pill at 8ish which would've been 5hours ago and idk if it's just my mind playing games on me but now it's not making me drowsy.. when I try to fall asleep I feel like I can't... Also I've developed a really dried mouth and dry throat! I feel like I'm having to clear my throat and there's nothing! However, I did some research and it says I've developed a burning sensation because we produce M 26 7 days
25 MG 2X D
 1  Anxiety I took the first dose a few hours ago. I still feel very sedated, my vision is blurry, and my whole body feels heavy and clumsy. I would not recommend taking this medication unless your goal is to be sedated for a long period of time, and you no longer need to be able to function or participate in daily activities. F 41 1 days
 1  Anxiety I took the first dose a few hours ago. I still feel very sedated, my vision is blurry, and my whole body feels heavy and clumsy. I would not recommend taking this medication unless Your goal is to be sedated for a long period of time, and you no longer need to be able to fun F 41 1 days
 1  Anxiety More anxiety, irritated, can't sleep, nervousness teeth clenching and grinding I have taken this before back in 2017, but went off it because of the side effects. How long until the sedative is out of my system? How long until the sides effects are out of my system? Someone help me F 25 4 weeks
 2  Liver Issues Dry eyes, dry mouth, some drowsiness in the beginning, gradually it wears off, the longer you're on the medication it begins to loose it's effect. When I first started the medication it seemed to work only because it caused drowsiness. Currently the itchiness has become unbearable, I take 2 pills every 6 hours to give me some peace, I thought by increasing the dosage would make me feel tired, but that is no longer the case, I no longer get drowsy. F 41 1 years
25mg 3X D
 5  Eczema, atopic dermatitis, Lupus Definitely the lethargy. It helps me a lot, at larger doses than prescribed, for severe itching during a Discoid Lupos flare up. My skin is very dry and cracked, but it beats the incapacitating itching. F 53 10 years
 5  Anxiety None F 63 2 years
50 mg
 3  Hypertension Itching F 58 0 years
 5  skin problems M 57 5 years

HYDROXYZINE HCL  (HYDROXYZINE HYDROCHLORIDE):  Hydroxyzine is used to treat itching caused by allergies. It is an antihistamine and works by blocking a certain natural substance (histamine) that your body makes during an allergic reaction. Hydroxyzine may also be used short-term to treat anxiety or to help you feel sleepy/relaxed before and after surgery.   (Sources: U.S. Centers for Medicare Services, FDA)