Not medical advice: Vistaril, the brand name for the drug hydroxyzine, is not subject to the Controlled Substances Act.
Vistaril belongs to the drug classes antihistamines, miscellaneous anxiolytics, sedatives and hypnotics. It reduces activity in the central nervous system. As an antihistamine, it reduces the effects of natural chemical histamine in the body.
Vistaril is used in the treatment of anxiety, tension, pain, allergies, sedation, allergic urticaria and more. It can cause heavy sedation but does not have the dependency issues present with other sedatives.
Less serious side effects: dizziness, drowsiness, blurred vision, dry mouth, headache.
Serious side effects: tremor (uncontrolled shaking), seizure (convulsions), confusion, restless muscle movements in your neck, jaw, tongue or eyes. If you experience any of these call your doctor right away.
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