My doctor prescribed me Vistaril to help with anxiety when I told him I wanted to taper off Klonopin. Vistaril is an antihistamine which is also used as a sedative to treat anxiety and tension. My previous doctor tried me on so many other medications during the time I was on the benzo that I had a hard time accepting yet another prescription! Even so, I figured I would give it a shot on an evening when I had no other plans so I could test the waters. Suprisingly, it was very helpful. The only noticable side effect was drowsiness, however this is always more of a welcome side effect to me above nervousness or jitteriness.
For me, my anxiety always brought on stomach issues, with nausea being the worst symptom. I would be terrified of getting sick in public, and the anxiety of feeling sick made me even more nauseous - it was definitely a vioucious cylce!! But isn't that pretty much what anxiety is anyway?
Well Vistaril is also helpful for nausea, so I think that's a big part of why it has worked for me. Overall, I don't think anything will ever work quite as well as benzos did in the beginning, but to see how awful withdrawal can be from them, I'd much prefer to take Vistaril as an alternative!!!
Right now this is the only medication I'm taking. It was a huge help during my trip this past weekend - I'm only a little over a week off the benzos and it was nice to have something to fall back on. I did have some issues in the beginning when I tried adding caffeine to help with the drowsiness - it's definitely something I need to stay away from altogether.
I know this medication may not work the same for everyone, however I thought I would share my own experience if anyone was considering taking it.