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Unread 12-22-2012, 12:16 PM   #1
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I have been having trouble sleeping for many years which has always been because of my anxiety. I wake up and worry, then sleep awhile again, then wake up and worry etc..... It's always the same. She took me off the trazadone my first pdoc prescribed and I haven't had a decent night of sleep since then. She recently gave me vistaril. Does anyone know anything about this drug. Just wondering if it will actually help with the anxiety so that I can get some sleep.
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Vistaril can be helpful. It is an antihistamine, like benedryl. Did you know that the first antidepressants were based on antihistamine? It reduced both depression and anxiety. I haven't taken Vistaril, but I know people who like it.
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Default Re: Vistaril for anxiety

I've taken it. I would describe it as helpful, but mild. Former pdoc said some people find it extremely sedating (too impaired to drive type of sedating). I did not have that side effect, but I felt it relaxed me a little.

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I've tried it also. It helped with my sleeping issues I was having. It helped me to fall and stay asleep through the night. My only concern is that I was taking it in the interim until my Trileptal dosage was at the correct level to help with my sleep. I started with 25mg and that was not enough, I had to move up to 50mg a couple of weeks later to get any relief. Luckily I didn't have to go up any higher because Trileptal began to work, but I don't know if Vistaril is something that has to keep being increased in dosage because you develop a tolerance or if it is for regular use. But it did help me for short term use.
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Didn't help me sleep at all.. Side effect for me was "urinary retention"

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Vistaril is sort of a catch-all med. It is an anti-histamine, but gets used for various things. I was given vistaril to help with nausea as a side effect of another med. Helped with the nausea and made me very sleepy, which I suppose would help with anxiety if I was anxious. It isn't specifically an anti-anxiety med, however.
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Default Re: Vistaril for anxiety

I take visteril for anxiety and it has a very good effect on me. It works so well that i dont have to take as much xanax which is good. i am on 50 mg for a year now and i still get the same sleep effect as when i started. Good luck with it i hope it works well for you too.
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