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.
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 (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.