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Relieves anxiety and itching.

Atarax (hydroxyzine) effectively relieves itching caused by an allergic reaction. It can also help alleviate anxiety, but isn't a first choice medicine and can make you very sleepy.

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  • Atarax (hydroxyzine) helps relieve itching and/or anxiety while helping you to sleep.
  • Atarax (hydroxyzine) can be given in the muscles for faster relief at a doctor's office.
  • Children younger than 6 years of age can use Atarax (hydroxyzine), but no more than 50 mg total in a day.
  • Atarax (hydroxyzine) is available as a liquid or as a pill.
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  • Elderly people can have increased side effects.
  • Some generic pills contain lactose. If you have allergy to milk products, talk to your pharmacist to see if your pill contains lactose.
  • Not recommended if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding.
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
  • Suspension
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Side effects
The Cortisone FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
The Atarax (hydroxyzine) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
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  • Impaired alertness
    • Taking with alcohol
    • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
  • Heart rhythm problems
    • Heart disease
    • Electrolyte imbalances
    • Taking antiarrhythmic medications
  • Severe skin reaction
    • Viral infections
    • Allergy to Zyrtec or hydroxyzine
  • Increased side effects in the elderly
    • Age 65 or older
    • Impaired kidney function
  • Pregnancy and nursing mothers
    • Pregnant women
    • Nursing mothers
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