Vistaril relieves itching caused by allergies, controls nausea and vomiting caused by various conditions, and treats anxiety. Vistaril can cause drowsiness and dry mouth.

Vistaril Overview


Vistaril is a prescription medication used to control nausea and vomiting, to relieve itching caused by allergic conditions, and to cause sedation before and after general anesthesia and in the treatment of psychiatric disorders.

Vistaril belongs to a group of drugs called antihistamines. It works by blocking histamine and acetylcholine receptors in the body, and by suppressing activity in the brain.

This medication comes in capsule and syrup forms. It is taken up to 4 times daily, with or without food.

Common side effects include dry mouth, nausea, and drowsiness. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how it affects you.

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Uses of Vistaril

Hydroxyzine is a prescription medication used:

  • for sedation to relieve anxiety, agitation, and tension caused by certain psychiatric disorders
  • for sedation before and after general anesthesia
  • to reduce itching caused by allergic conditions or certain pain medications
  • to control nausea and vomiting

This medication may be prescribed for other uses. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.




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Side Effects of Vistaril

Common side effects include:

  • dry mouth
  • drowsiness
  • nausea
  • dizziness

This is not a complete list of hydroxyzine side effects. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.