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Vistaril vs. BuSpar

Are BuSparand Vistaril the Same Thing?

Vistaril (hydroxyzine pamoate) and Buspar (buspirone) are used to treat anxiety.

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 and Buspar belong to different drug classes. Vistaril is an antihistamine with anticholinergic (drying) and sedative properties and Buspar is an antianxiety agent.

What Are Possible 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).

What Are Possible Side Effects of BuSpar?

Common side effects of BuSpar include:

What is BuSpar?

Buspar (buspirone) is an antianxiety agent prescribed for the treatment of anxiety.

What Drugs 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).

What Drugs Interact With BuSpar?

It is recommended that buspirone hydrochloride tablets not be used concomitantly with MAO inhibitors

How Should Vistaril Be Taken?

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. 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 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.

How Should BuSpar Be Taken?

BuSpar can be taken with or without food. BuSpar tablets should be swallowed with water.

Reviewed on 5/8/2018

References:
RxList. Vistaril Medication Guide.
https://www.rxlist.com/vistaril-drug.htm#medguide
RxList. Buspar Medication Guide.
https://www.rxlist.com/buspar-drug.htm#medguide

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