Monday, October 15, 2012

Vistaril (Hydroxyzine) for Anti-Anxiety

Does this look normal to you? 

So Psychiatrist prescribed me Vistaril (Hydroxyzine) for anxiety. He gave me 25mg to be taken twice a day to start, then as needed. I’ve never taken this before but he told me 25 mg was a very, very small dose.

Hydroxyzine is an antihistamine medication that has been studied in anxiety disorders as well.  So I found out that when you’ve never taken anti-histamine’s before and you don’t realize they make you really, really drowsy… drawing the conclusion that if 25 mg is a very small dose, then taking two might be better for an anxiety attack… is not necessarily a great idea if you plan to stay awake and accomplish anything for the rest of the night… or the next morning, until about 11 a.m. In a manner that is at all expedient.


No, I’ve never taken anti-hystamines before. Don’t have problematic allergies. Lucky me. Didn’t realize it was that kind of drowsy. Egads. On the plus side. I got like 10 hours of sleep. And had some pretty wacky dreams. Which was actually way better than the boredom I was facing by staying awake. So, yeah, anxiety gone, however, I think anxiety gone due to being comatose is not really the solution.  

So we’ll consider that a lesson learned. Just take the “very small” dose. Even if it seems like it’s too small.  

I’ve been wondering why Psychiatrist doesn’t just give me Xanax or Klonopin like I’d been on before. Psychiatrist doesn’t like prescribing Benzodiazepines at all though.

I haven’t found out anything about Klonopin specifically yet, but as it turns out Xanax can be pretty bad for people with Borderline Personality Disorder. Some medicines like Elavil (amitryptilline) and Xanax (aplprazolam) make the symptoms of borderline worse.

Addictive problems aside, I think it’s worth it to take a look into this. I’m not a doctor, but if there are medications that we should be more wary of then usual, especially such commonly prescribed ones like Xanax, it would probably be a good idea to at least be aware of the information out there. 


  1. Great post Haven! I have a Social Phobia when it comes to public speaking, it's pretty bad but I didn't know what to do with the anxiety. Hopefully I can get some help like you have received, thank you for sharing your story with us!

  2. On a positive note, you will most likely build up a tolerance to the anti-histimine/anti-anxiety med. After you get used to it, you'll feel less of the drowsiness. And yes, xanax can be extremely addictive for those who are prone to addiction. Good luck!!

  3. My ex-girlfriend would take Benadryl gel caps for "allergies". It became clear after the breakup that it was more likely that the allergy attacks were anxiety attacks. I discovered pretty much accidentally that some people take Benadryl when they don't have access to "normal" anti-anxiety meds. Her "allergy attacks" were typically on long car rides and in the middle of the night. It's unlikely that her food allergies were kicking in at 3am...

    I don't suggest that anyone self-medicate.

  4. Vistaril works great for anxiety in borderline patients. It does make you drowsy at first but it spoons wears off. I've taken vistaril for borderline anxiety and it has help me tremendously


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