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Vistaril (hydroxyzine)

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I am on Sertraline (Zoloft) 100mg and melatonin 10mg. My psychiatrist just upped these doses today. I had a schedule change and now come home some nights after 10pm and have to pass by a creepy forested park to get to my apartment from the bus stop. I have anxiety someone will jump out from the trees or follow me from the bus. I had been coping by drinking two bottles of wine for anxiety and sleep but my psychiatrist said to try the Vistaril. I looked it up and the reviews say it doesn't work. :BLAH:

Has anyone used this medication?
 
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Each medication will have different effects on people. What does not work for some may work for you.
Also with regards to the creepy forest. This is completely normal. I think anyone would be anxious walking past a creepy forest.
Medication is trial and error. If it does not work then fine, At least you gave it a go. At the moment you don't know if it will work so the situation may not improve. If you give it a go at least its a forward step and things could really improve.

If the drug did not work for anybody then I dont think they would market it.
 
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I had been coping by drinking two bottles of wine for anxiety and sleep but my psychiatrist said to try the Vistaril. I looked it up and the reviews say it doesn't work. :BLAH:
Firstly, please stop drinking. Alcohol blocks the neurogenesis mechanism by which antidepressants work. Even moderate drinking can cut neurogenesis by nearly half and 2 bottles of wine is well beyond 'moderate' (see also: Morris SA, 2010; Crews FT, 2003)

Hydoxyzine is an antihistamine with fairly strong anti anxiety properties. Not quite as potent as the benzodiazepines, but often potent enough to make a significant difference. Btw - it comes in two forms, hydroxyzine pamoate (Vistaril) and hydroxyzine hydrochloride (Atarax). The pamoate is claimed to be a little more effective than the hydrochloride.
 
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Wow thanks! No wonder my depression meds don't seem to work now that I have drinking again.
 
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I have used hydroxyzine hydrochloride as an antihistamine and it made me very sleepy. I can't speak to the anti anxiety properties, but if it affects you as it did me, you should be able to sleep.
 
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Vistaril is about the only thing that helps me sleep. For some reason I can only get it when I'm hospitalized. Don't know why. I may ask about that especially since my sleep on Trazodone isn't working.
 
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Ok I was encouraged to try it. I cannot sleep tonight due to anxiety. There was a funeral for a good man who was murdered by an unknown killer from my community and I went to it to show support for the family and community. I was worried the whole time we would get murdered for coming to his funeral. Funerals are already horrible but this was an unsolved homicide. The police were there to guard us.

I took two tabs like it says about 20 minutes ago so hopefully it works soon. Maybe it's already making me calmer? Hopefully it works soon and I can get some sleep tonight 🙏
 
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45 minutes later still no effect really. 🙁 I saw it kicks in 30-60 minutes. Maybe in the next 15 minutes....
 
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Didn't help me sleep. But I just woke up super duper drowsy. :low::sorry::doh::coffee:😟
 
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So funny story. I decided not to take this med tonight and decided to take just alcohol (wine) instead. Its 1AM here and I don't care about the time, only concerned I don't have anymore wine. It is too dangerous to get more.

A drastic change from the medication night where I felt I was feeling dreadful and wishing I could fall asleep at 1am.

I am sure there is a lesson in here or something but I don't know what :p Is the lesson that wine is better than drugs? This pill made me drowsy all day. Even hours and hours later (before alcohol) my senses were in overdrive and I was drowsy!
 
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