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How is Vistaril Used in the Treatment of Social Anxiety Disorder?

Anxiety Treatment and Vistaril


Updated May 28, 2014

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Vistaril (hydroxyzine pamoate) is used for symptomatic short-term relief of anxiety and tension, as well to treat allergic reactions.

How to Take Vistaril :

Vistaril is taken in tablet form.

Dosage Guidelines:

A typical adult dosage for Vistaril is 50 to 100 mg up to four times a day. Dosages for children under 6 years old are 2 mg per kilogram per day in divided dosages, not to exceed 50 mg per day.

Who Shouldn’t Take Vistaril :

Vistaril should not be taken if you have a hypersensitivity to hydroxyzine, and is not recommended if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Medication Interactions:

Vistaril can potentially tinteract with several medications including narcotics, analgesics and barbituates. The effect of alcohol may also be increased when taking Vistaril.

Side Effects:

Common side effects of Vistaril include dry mouth and drowsiness, however these effects are usually mild and short-lived. Cognitive effects are also possible such as confusion, nervousness and irritability.

Associated Risks:

Caution should be exercised if driving, operating dangerous machinery, or participating in hazardous activities while using Vistaril. Risk of overdose is low with the result generally being hyper-sedation.

Other Anxiety Medications:


Pfizer. Vistaril Prescribing Information. Accessed December 19, 2008.

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