My experience with Hydroxyzine aka Atarax

This Atarax stuff is quite powerful but not so good in my opinion. Atarax is the brand name for Hydroxyzine hydrochloride, an antihistamine calming drug that is often prescribed for anxiety disorders, (as well as for sleeping problems). It is supposed to be very much less habit forming than most anxiety pills and besides that, it is cheap.

So recently, I got myself some Hydroxyzine HCl because I wanted to fall asleep quicker, as I wanted to adjust my sleeping time upwards. Sleeping late has been such a norm for me, that I was having trouble falling asleep when I went to bed earlier. Even taking a lot of Valerian and melatonin didn’t seem to work.

This Atarax (Hydroxyzine) came in 25 mg dosage and is a white colored pill that tastes a little salty. It also comes in bigger dosages like 100 mg, but you don’t really need such high dosages. I only noticed its effects after about an hour or so; that is when drowsiness sets in.

However, if you don’t fall asleep, the drowsiness starts to wear off gradually. Being an antihistamine, what it does is it makes your skin and throat dry. So, I wouldn’t recommend it for long term use at all. After all, it is a drug, albeit an antihistamine (Histamines are natural chemicals released by the body). Herbs are always better.

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You shouldn’t take Hydroxyzine in the daytime, or if you need to drive, because it sort of messes up your thinking processes. But the good thing is it’s not likely to be habit forming, so there isn’t much worry about getting dependent on it. But the downside to Hydroxyzine┬á (for me) is it makes my skin dry, and gives me a hangover even throughout the next day. 12-16 hours after ingesting the pill and I can still feel a little drowsy! Not only that, but some people are allergic to it as well, which is a possibility with antihistamines.

A few days on it, and I’ve quit. I’ve since replaced the Hydroxyzine with another pill. This one is more effective in the sense it makes me fall asleep quite fast, and doesn’t leave a drowsy hangover the next day. Not only that, but I can still take it with Valerian for better effect, and so far, it is just about alright.

14 Responses to “My experience with Hydroxyzine aka Atarax”

  1. So…what was the other pill that you replaced Hydroxyzine with???

  2. I took a benzodiazepine….wouldn’t advise it for long term use though.

  3. That was a bold statement to say that herbs are always better. I’d venture so far as to say herbs are always WORSE.
    Who makes herbs for sale? Manufacturers not regulated by the FDA
    What is in herbs? Chemicals – just like pharmaceutical products – except there are many unknown chemicals in herbs and natural products that neither you or I know the identity of. And to say that there are no harmful chemicals in herbs… Let me ask you: Where do the majority of drugs come from?

    If you guessed plant sources, you’d be right. But you don’t get the whole plant. No, you just get the active ingredient and not the thousands of other contaminants.

    If you’re on any other medications, you have a much MUCH better chance of knowing how a drug will interact with another drug rather than another herb. There are studies done on drugs with specific outcomes. These are backed by government regulation.

    If the herbs could show a beneficial effect, beyond placebo, and prove their safety and efficacy, they’d be scooped up by drug makers so fast, you’d see your poor Valerian attached to a prescription.

    You should really look into changing this article.

  4. @ Bone of Contention,

    I do get where you’re coming from. While you’re right herbs are not regulated, what makes you so sure regulation is so great a thing? A lot of drugs have serious side effects, and aren’t these regulated? In fact, if you read the statistics, a lot of drugs approved (and regulated) by the FDA have chalked up many fatal cases due to unexpected side effects. I’m not saying there is no danger in herbs, but this is like comparing apples to oranges. At the end, it is weighing up whether the benefits outweigh the risks, and for everything, you do need to apply moderation and plain ole common sense. This applies for herbs and drugs alike.

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  6. Arm your self with an education. Common Sense. The ability to research. I think you would be fine.

  7. @ aslas
    Good points.

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  9. I took Hydroxyzine last night and it kept me awake all night long! It sucks!

  10. I’ve been using Atarax for years, and it’s the only pill I really like. Works for me. Hasn’t been addictive. Help to insomnia – sleep better & longer. If you are looking for “knocking me out” it won’t help for that.

    I use it only occasionally though, because the effect starts to disappear if taken frequently.

  11. Looking for info on this. I’ve read a bit that Hydroxyzine can cause Tardive Dyskinesia but if I try to research for those specific findings myself I am unable to locate them (the originals) i can find names of the people who supposedly discovered this but not the actual statements. I do not wish to take it if it is linked to TD but not really sure what else I can take that’s safe, for my anxiety and insomnia

  12. Xanax is the best for anxiety, sleep, and depression in my opinion.

  13. i just found this web site and i see other people with the same issue as i have :D i am 37 and the last several years i have been going to bed at around 5 am or so and i plan to change , its never late but i am a chronic insomniac.

  14. Xanax will do nothing but rob you of your soul and destroy you eventually