Vistaril

Last updated on RxList: 10/27/2020
Vistaril Side Effects Center

What Is Vistaril?

Vistaril (hydroxyzine pamoate) is an antihistamine with anticholinergic (drying) and sedative properties used as a sedative to treat anxiety and tension. Vistaril is also used together with other medications given for anesthesia. Vistaril may also be used to control nausea and vomiting, or to treat allergic skin reactions such as hives or contact dermatitis. Vistaril is available in generic form.

What Are Side Effects of Vistaril?

Common side effects of Vistaril include:

  • dizziness,
  • drowsiness,
  • blurred vision,
  • dry mouth,
  • stomach upset,
  • or headache.
Tell your doctor if you experience serious side effects of Vistaril including:
  • restless muscle movements in your eyes, tongue, jaw, or neck,
  • tremors (uncontrolled shaking),
  • confusion,
  • or seizures (convulsions).

Dosage for Vistaril

The recommended dose of Vistaril for treating itch (pruritus) is 25 mg, 3 or 4 times daily. For sedation, the recommended dose is 50 to 100 mg. The dose to treat anxiety and tension is 50 to 100 mg 4 times daily.

What Drugs, Substances, or Supplements Interact with Vistaril?

Vistaril may interact with other medicines that make you sleepy (such as cold or allergy medicine, sedatives, narcotic pain medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, and medicine for seizures, depression, or anxiety). Tell your doctor all prescription and over-the-counter medications and supplements you use.

Vistaril During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Vistaril is not recommended for use during pregnancy. It could harm the fetus. Discuss birth control with your doctor. It is unknown if this medication passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

Additional Information

Our Vistaril (hydroxyzine pamoate) Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

In rare cases, hydroxyzine may cause a severe skin reaction. Stop taking this medicine and call your doctor right away if you have sudden skin redness or a rash that spreads and causes white or yellow pustules, blistering, or peeling.

Stop using hydroxyzine and call your doctor at once if you have:

  • fast or pounding heartbeats;
  • headache with chest pain;
  • severe dizziness, fainting; or
  • a seizure (convulsions).

Side effects such as drowsiness and confusion may be more likely in older adults.

Common side effects may include:

  • drowsiness;
  • headache;
  • dry mouth; or
  • skin rash.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Vistaril (Hydroxyzine)

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SIDE EFFECTS

Side effects reported with the administration of Vistaril are usually mild and transitory in nature.

Skin and Appendages : Oral hydroxyzine hydrochloride is associated with Acute Generalized Exanthematous Pustulosis (AGEP) and fixed drug eruptions in post-marketing reports.

Anticholinergic: Dry mouth.

Central Nervous System: Drowsiness is usually transitory and may disappear in a few days of continued therapy or upon reduction of the dose. Involuntary motor activity, including rare instances of tremor and convulsions, has been reported, usually with doses considerably higher than those recommended. Clinically significant respiratory depression has not been reported at recommended doses.

Cardiac System: QT prolongation, Torsade de Pointes.

In post-marketing experience, the following additional undesirable effects have been reported: Body as a Whole: allergic reaction, Nervous System: headache, Psychiatric: hallucination, Skin and Appendages: pruritus, rash, urticaria.

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Vistaril (Hydroxyzine)

© Vistaril Patient Information is supplied by Cerner Multum, Inc. and Vistaril Consumer information is supplied by First Databank, Inc., used under license and subject to their respective copyrights.

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