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Atarax
(Hydroxyzine Hydrochloride)

Coming soon.Relieves anxiety and itching caused by allergic reactions. Atarax (Hydroxyzine Hydrochloride) is an effective treatment for the itching caused by an allergic reaction. It can also help treat mild anxiety.
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Reviews for Atarax (Hydroxyzine Hydrochloride)
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+27% vs. Cortisone
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+23% vs. Cortisone
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9% vs. Cortisone
Side effects
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How it works
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Coming soon.Atarax (Hydroxyzine Hydrochloride) is an antihistamine. It treats allergy symptoms by stopping the effects of histamine in the body. It's also used to control anxiety before surgery.
Type of medication
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Antihistamine
1st generation
Prescription only
Available as
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  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Liquid
Used for (click to learn more)
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  • Acute lymphoid leukemia Adrenal insufficiency Allergic disorder Chronic lymphoid leukemia Collagen disease Disorder of endocrine system Disorder of eye Disorder of gastrointestinal tract Disorder of hematopoietic structure Disorder of respiratory system Disorder of skin Hodgkin's disease Hypercalcemia of malignancy Inflammatory disorder of musculoskeletal system Mycosis fungoides Neoplastic disease Nephrotic syndrome Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma Trichinosis Tuberculosis of meninges; Adjunct
Risk factors for serious side effects
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  • Taking with alcohol
  • Taking other medicines that make you less alert and sleepy
  • Women of childbearing age
  • Breastfeeding
  • People 65 years or older
  • Reduced kidney function
  • Glaucoma
  • Urinary problems or enlarged prostate
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Pregnancy category
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DFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

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NFDA pregnancy category (Unknown)

The FDA hasn’t classified this medicine’s effects on unborn babies. Talk with your doctor about this medicine if you’re pregnant or planning on it.

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Alcohol
No specific alcohol-related info.
  • Atarax (Hydroxyzine Hydrochloride) can be used to treat mild cases of anxiety, and for alcohol withdrawal.
  • Can cause drowsiness or dizziness. Atarax (Hydroxyzine Hydrochloride) shouldn't be mixed with other medicines that cause drowsiness like other antihistamines, pain or sleep medications or alcohol.
Food
No specific food-related info.
  • It can be taken with or without food.
Kidneys and liver
No specific kidneys and liver-related info.
  • The dose of Atarax (Hydroxyzine Hydrochloride) should be reduced for people who are older or who have reduced liver or kidney function.
Sex
No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.
Sleep
No specific sleep-related info.
  • Shouldn't take other medicines that cause drowsiness or dizziness.
  • Can cause drowsiness or dizziness. Atarax (Hydroxyzine Hydrochloride) shouldn't be mixed with other medicines that cause drowsiness like other antihistamines, pain or sleep medications or alcohol.
Weight
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Upsides and benefits
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  • Atarax (Hydroxyzine Hydrochloride) can be used to treat mild cases of anxiety, and for alcohol withdrawal.
  • Can be a better option for some people to treat anxiety than more addicting medications like benzodiazepines.
  • Atarax (Hydroxyzine Hydrochloride) is available as a liquid or as tablets.
  • It can be taken with or without food.
Downsides and risks
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  • The dose of Atarax (Hydroxyzine Hydrochloride) should be reduced for people who are older or who have reduced liver or kidney function.
  • Atarax (Hydroxyzine Hydrochloride) can cause confusion, dry mouth, constipation, and urinary side effects. These symptoms are worse in older people.
  • As with some medicines, the tablets contain lactose. If you’re lactose intolerant, you could be sensitive to this.
  • Not recommended if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Shouldn't take other medicines that cause drowsiness or dizziness.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
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  • Atarax (Hydroxyzine Hydrochloride) shouldn't be taken if you're taking other medications that slow down the nervous system, like narcotics and barbiturates.
  • Can cause drowsiness or dizziness. Atarax (Hydroxyzine Hydrochloride) shouldn't be mixed with other medicines that cause drowsiness like other antihistamines, pain or sleep medications or alcohol.
  • Side effects are more likely in older adults and young children.
  • Takes about 2 hours for full antihistamine effect if you’re taking it for itching or rash.
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