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Atarax

(Hydroxyzine Hydrochloride)

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Relieves anxiety and itching caused by allergic reactions.

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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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Upsides

  • 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

  • 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.
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Side effect rates for Atarax (Hydroxyzine Hydrochloride)

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Risks and Warnings for Atarax (Hydroxyzine Hydrochloride)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Taking with alcohol
    • Taking other medicines that make you less alert and sleepy

    Atarax (Hydroxyzine Hydrochloride) lowers your ability to focus, think, and react. Be careful and avoid activities that require you to be alert, such as driving a car or operating machinery, until you know how this medication affects you.

Common concerns from people taking Atarax (Hydroxyzine Hydrochloride)

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Pregnancy
Food
  • It can be taken with or without food.
Kidneys and liver
  • The dose of Atarax (Hydroxyzine Hydrochloride) should be reduced for people who are older or who have reduced liver or kidney function.
Pain
  • 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.
  • I had a severe case of shingles. The pain was tolerable. The itching was not. Atarax saved me. Stopped the itching and allowed me to finally sleep.
Sleep
  • 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.
  • take it in the 8pm area each night - because it will make you drowsy
  • Can cause some drowsiness for up to 10-12 hours after dose. Effects increase when more is taken. Resistance to side effects occurs upon regular use, but resurfaces when discontinued even for a couple days before taking again.
  • Will make you sleepy within a couple of hours! And possibly the following day, as well.