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Shaking uncontrollably on stopping VISTARIL. Withdrawal?

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I have been taking Vistaril for about a little over a month now. I was on 25 mg (the pink capsule) and took 2 every six hours as my psychiatrist told me to do.
It made me very sleepy, so I told her I'd rather try something else if possible. So, she cut me off it cold turkey.
I am shaking uncontrollably, I have slept 4 hours in the past 48 hours and I'm not even tired. I feel like I could run a marathon. My heart is racing. Is it possible to get withdrawl from Vistaril?
I have tried to get in touch with her, but she isn't answering. I'm just a little scared.

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Thanks for posting your query at
I have gone through your question in detail and I can understand what
you are going through.
Vistaril has a strong anti-cholinergic property and will definitely
lead to strong withdrawal if it is stopped abruptly in such high
doses. The better way would have been to shift you on some other
anticholinergic medicine and then gradually tapper you off it. The
options available are amitriptyline, trihexyphenidyl or paroxetine.
All these medicines have strong anticholinergic properties and can
reduce the withdrawal symptoms of Vistaril.
Moreover the dose of vistaril recomended to you was quite high. You
have mentioned the indication why vistaril was given to you, but if it
is for insomnia or anxiety then there are better options like
paroxetine available.
Do meet your doctor and get this to her notice and discuss the
medicines that I have mentioned in my reply.
Hope this helps
IN case if you have any other query, do let me know.

Kind regards
Dr. Srikanth Reddy

Dr. Srikanth Reddy
Category: Sexologist
Doctor of Medicine (MD), Psychiatry Residency Program,2001 – 2012
M.B.B.S,Mahatma Gandhi Institute Of Medical Sciences, Sevagram

Certificate Course in sex Therapy and Counselling, Sexology and Counselling, A
Sexology,Medikon Sexual Sciences, Mumbai

Training in Advanced Neurology at a leading corporate hospital (CARE hospital) in Hyderabad

Child Psychiatry Training in National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences, Bangalore

Sex Therapy and Counsellingat MEDIKON Sexual Sciences, Mumbai.
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