Generally speaking, the benzodiazepines are considered the stronger anti-anxiety medication, compared to Vistaril (Hydroxyzine Pamoate). However, this can vary somewhat from person to person, depending on our body chemistry.
My psychiatrist does her best to steer clear of the benzos, so I have been prescribed Vistaril. Personally, I have found it to be very effective. The only drawback is that it takes hours for me to experience any relief once I have taken it.
It will be interesting to see which you think works best for you. Let us know.
The very best to you, Melody!... Chuck