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#1 In_Remission_Idle Rambling

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Posted 20 January 2012 - 01:16 AM

I'm just getting my depression a bit more managable. I'm on cymbalta 60mg for it and it seems to help, except around my lady times. Still having major drops in mood there. But now my main problem is a whole hell of a lot of anxiety. My pdoc had me go to the hospital when I was feeling more self loathing, to the point of light cutting, and they put me on abilify there as well, but I couldn't do anything when on it. I couldn't even sit still. I was still having the same thoughts and feelings, but was unable to concentrate on anything for more than 10 minutes in general.
My pdoc took me off of it and added vistaril 25mg to my meds a couple days ago. Still having trouble with the restless anxious feelings, but they seem to be worsening now. I just started vistaril today, and it isn't doing anything for it. My question is, is the dose too low, is tat why I feel no relief? What else can I do with this? I feel so wretched and cant sleep. All I do is wander about and sometimes eat to distract myself.

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Posted 20 January 2012 - 01:49 AM

Okay, one of the most common side effects when you first start Vistaril is sleepiness and usually Vistaril kicks in pretty quickly, I've had it a few times and it didn't take long to work, worked well and it made me sleepy as hell. If it was me I'd give it a little bit longer then if it's still not helping I'd call the pdoc and ask what to do. It may just be that your dosage is too low, that's the first thing that came to mind when I read your post, or it may be that Vistaril isn't the right med for you. The only way to know is to give it a try. If it's still not working your pdoc can tell you what to do to get some relief.
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Posted 20 January 2012 - 06:00 AM

I have really awful anxiety and panic issues. and since he can no longer write me benzos (which seems to be his go-to), my pdoc has been experimenting with all kinds of other shit, and last week it was Vistaril. He started me on 100 mgs/ 3x daily (I do have a pretty high tolerance to meds, which sucks). I took it for a couple days and didn't notice anything but a little bit easier time falling asleep at night. When I went back and told him I didn't notice any effect on my anxiety, he said he didn't really expect it to work, and wasn't surprised. I have heard it works really well for some people, though, so it might be worth a shot for a little while, especially since it seems like there are few side effects to it.

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Posted 20 January 2012 - 09:46 PM

I took twice the perscribed amount because I just couldn't take it anymore. It took the edge off, and I slept a little, I think. I'm not sure if I was dreaming or if I did stuff and remember it now. Like I thought I got a popsicle to eat and now I don't remember eating it, and can't find it anywhere. I threwup tonight because My anxiety got to be too much for me. I also cut myself and then later sobbed like a baby over an argument I had with my room mate. I feel so out of control right now. I got some kind of root suppose to help with anxiety naturally and don't know if that contributed to me getting sick or what. Monday seems like years away and I just want to scream. Ugh. I'm trying to give this crap a chance, so until Monday I'll keep taking it as perscribed and hope it does something. Thank you for your comments

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 07:06 AM

Idle Rambling,

I currently take hydroxyzine (brand name here is atarax, it's the same as vistaril) for anxiety and as sleep aid. 25 mg is very mild (for me). 2 weeks ago, I have been agressed at work, and I became very anxious, felt a lot of fear etc. I took 7 of those 25 mg pills between 10 : 30 AM and 3 AM (during the night following that awful day), it was just enough to stop me to cry...

I don't know your age and I don't know if you have hepatic or other pathologies, but 25 mg seems a weak dosage for anxiety.
I hope you will feel better quickly :mad:
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Posted 26 January 2012 - 09:35 AM

25 mgs is a very low dose. Check with pdoc about upping it or switching to something else. Low dose of Seroquel might be better.
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Posted 25 February 2012 - 06:18 PM

i have been prescribed 25mg hydroxyzine PRN for anxiety while i was forcefully committed and pregnant, because apparently it was the only thing they could feed me in my condition. it was just -barely- enough to keep me from bouncing off the walls, but that was an extremely stressful situation to begin with. i was also on 50mg at bedtime for insomnia and anxiety, but i was told to use it PRN for anxiety. i noticed a mild sedating effect, but no different than like 100mg of diphenhydramine, which would make sense considering they are both antihistamines.

i hate CSBs who can't prescribe benzos. *sigh*

Edited by apetasticaL, 25 February 2012 - 06:18 PM.

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 06:43 PM

Vistaril can worsen movement disorders in some people, so if you already have akathisia or something, maybe it is fueling it a bit? Regardless, you need to get in contact with your doctor ASAP and let him or her know what is going on. Especially if you trust your doctor, it's better to get input and alternate options from them rather than playing around with the dosages of your meds on your own. I have only taken Vistaril for GI issues, and it had no effect on my anxiety, but some do have luck with it. It sounds like the current setup isn't working for you, so it's time to get input from the doc.
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