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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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  • 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.
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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.
Used for
  • 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
  • Carcinoma of breast Carcinoma of prostate Fever
  • Due to malignancy; treatment adjunct Intracranial tumor Multiple myeloma
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Liquid
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Side effects
The Cortisone FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
The Atarax (Hydroxyzine Hydrochloride) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
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  • Driving impairment
    • Taking with alcohol
    • Taking other medicines that make you less alert and sleepy
  • Risk to fetus
    • Women of childbearing age
    • Breastfeeding
  • Increased side effects
    • People 65 years or older
    • Reduced kidney function
    • Glaucoma
    • Urinary problems or enlarged prostate
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