Posted by fachad on June 23, 2002, at 17:40:04
In reply to Hydroxyzine (Atarax / Vistaril), posted by DiscoPuppy on June 23, 2002, at 14:38:35
Atarax = hydroxyzine HCL
Vistaril = hydroxyzine pamoate
Atarax was originally marketed as an antihistamine and Vistaril was originally marketed as an anxiolytic.
Hydroxyzine is a strong H1 blocker with a long half-life (>24hrs), it breaks down in your body to Zyrtec (certrizine), which is a non sedating antihistamine.
Hydroxyzine is known to be especially effective for itching and hives. It's usefulness for anxiety is limited by the drowsiness it causes.
It is effective for nausea, and will definately quiet anxiety, if you can tolerate the drowsiness.
It is not a controlled substance, but a prescription is required.
For sleep, I find that the Vistaril (pamoate) formulation is much better than the Atarax (HCL) formulation even thought they should be the same.
On a curious side note, scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard was a huge fan of Vistaril, and a Vistaril overdose likely contributed to his death.
> Hi Guys!
> I was going through my pill book and found something interesting. It's called Hydroxyzine (generic name) or Atarax or Vistaril (brand name) indicated for those who experience anxiety, tension and agitation.
> However, this particular drug doesn't seem to fall under the category of a benzodiazepine.
> Has anyone been prescribed this medication? Is this a controlled substance (like this benzos)? I haven't heard anyone mention it in the board here.
> I'm very interseted in this medication for my anxiety and panic attacks, because it is almost 100% of the times followed (or preceeded) by nausea, which this medication treats.
> Please give me some input if you know ANYTHING about this med or have any experience with it.
> Thanks a lot!
> P.S. I'm also currently taking Adderall and Dexedrine.