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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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  • 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.
  • 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 effects for Atarax (Hydroxyzine Hydrochloride)

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What to expect when you take Atarax (Hydroxyzine Hydrochloride)

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Tips from our pharmacists
  • 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.

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.

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Tips from pharmacists and people taking Atarax (Hydroxyzine Hydrochloride)

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Pregnancy
Alcohol
  • Upsides and downsides from our pharmacists
  • Atarax (Hydroxyzine Hydrochloride) can be used to treat mild cases of anxiety, and for alcohol withdrawal.
  • Tips from our pharmacists
  • 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
  • Upsides and downsides from our pharmacists
  • It can be taken with or without food.
Kidneys & liver
  • Upsides and downsides from our pharmacists
  • The dose of Atarax (Hydroxyzine Hydrochloride) should be reduced for people who are older or who have reduced liver or kidney function.
Sleep
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  • Shouldn't take other medicines that cause drowsiness or dizziness.
  • Tips from our pharmacists
  • 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
    Age: 60
    Gender: Man
    Taken for: Dermatographism (aka "writer's rash")
    Duration taken: Two years or more
  • This has been the only drug that successfully helps me to get to sleep - the only downside is that it gives you a huge 'hangover' the following day and you feel tired all day, especially if its taken late into the evening.
    Age: 25
    Gender: Woman
    Taken for: Sedation
  • Make sure that you are careful about taking if full concentration is needed. It made me drowsy and a little loopy.
    Age: 42
    Gender: Woman
    Taken for: Itching skin