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Vistaril (hydroxyzine)

Vistaril is a prescription antihistamine used to treat a variety of ailments. It can be used to treat anxiety, allergies, vomiting, hives, and even nausea.

What is Vistaril?

Vistaril
Vistaril

 

Vistaril (hydroxyzine) is a non-addictive antihistamine medication. This drug is used to relieve the itching caused by allergies. It is also used to control nausea and vomiting caused by various conditions, including motion sickness. Vistaril is also used for anxiety and to treat the symptoms of alcohol detox and withdrawal.

What is Vistaril Used For?

Vistaril is an antihistamine that is most often used to treat allergies, itchiness, and vomiting. This drug has been used to treat anxiety and alcohol withdrawal symptoms. Vistaril is used for patients in the medication treatment of marijuana withdrawal feel calmer and sleep better until the symptoms pass. This helps to balance to the brain’s neurotransmitters. This drug is also used to alleviate cocaine withdrawal symptoms and other stimulants. Vistaril is not considered to be addictive in the same way that narcotics are. It is generally safe for use by people with substance use disorders. It is often prescribed in substance abuse treatment centers for anxiety and as a sleep aid.

Vistaril has also been used in patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease. It can treat stiffness and tremors in these patients.

Vistaril Side Effects

Vistaril should never be taken with alcohol or other CNS depressants. The antihistamine will add to the side effects of other drugs. For example, some tranquilizers or sedatives slow the heart rate and breathing and Vistaril will increase those effects. Other side effects of Vistaril may be:

  • Dry mouth
  • Drowsiness
  • Abdominal pain
  • Chills
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • A headache
  • Redness of skin
  • Shortness of breath
  • Weakness

There are no significant withdrawal symptoms from Vistaril. However, this drug should not be taken with alcohol, other sedatives, antidepressants or muscle relaxants. These drugs can worsen Vistaril side effects.

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