We recently received a comment from a reader who’s son suffers with cold urticaria, the comment describes a prescribed medication called ‘Vistiril’ which seems to help the symptoms of cold urticaria.
You can read the comment below:
My son has had this for many years. Just last week his doctor prescribed Vistiril. One capsule about an hour before swimming or outdoor winter activities. IT IS A MIRACLE!!!! He spent all weekend swimming in the springs without the first hive, itch or reaction of any kind! Check in to it. Believe me I was sceptical at first,(we’ve done it all) but it worked like a charm!
As Vistiril is not a medication any of us are familiar with we thought we’d take a look. From what we can find it looks like the drug Vistiril is a first generation Antihistamine which falls into the category of diphenylmethane and piperazine.
Reading between the lines, the drug is quite potent and is prescribed to treat skin allergies and anxiety (Mild tranquillizer). Looking at the comment from our reader it’s clear that this urticaria treatment has worked for her son, having said that the effects could be short lived as in the case of most antihistamine.
Possible Side Effects-Cold Urticaria Treatment
There are also side effects associated with the drug which can include dizziness, hypotension, tinnitus, and headaches. The side effect which for me signals possible problems for urticaria sufferers long term is the observed Gastro-intestinal effects , anything that causes problems or builds up in the gastrointestinal tract is likely to become an issue for urticaria sufferers later down the line.
In summery: we think that this potent, prescribed antihistamine may offer some short term relief (as it clearly has for some), however we think that prolonged use could possibly make things worse. Please note: this is just an opinion, your doctor will be able to supply you with far more in-depth details than we can.
The following link will take you to a Wikipedia page dedicated to ‘Vistiril’
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