Atarax

(Hydroxyzine Hydrochloride)

3.9/ 5 average rating with 34 reviewsforAtarax
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Relieves anxiety and itching caused by allergic reactions.

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Our bottom line

Atarax (Hydroxyzine Hydrochloride) is an effective treatment for the itching caused by an allergic reaction. It can also help treat mild anxiety.

Quick facts about Atarax
  • Drug class: Respiratory
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (hydroxyzine hydrochloride)

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.
People’s experience with Atarax

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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.
How it works

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.

Quick facts about Atarax
  • Drug class: Respiratory
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (hydroxyzine hydrochloride)

Dosage forms

  • Pill
  • Liquid
People’s experience with Atarax

34reviews so far. What do you think?

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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.

Pharmacist Q&A

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Frequently Asked Questions

This mediation treats anxiety and tension associated with psychoneurosis and conditions with symptoms of anxiety.

Who is this drug for?

This mediation treats anxiety and tension associated with psychoneurosis and conditions with symptoms of anxiety.

Common concerns from people taking Atarax (Hydroxyzine Hydrochloride)

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Pregnancy

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.

Tip: Always talk with your doctor before you take any medication while pregnant.
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Price
  • Worth it
    Some hassle
    Reviewed Ataraxon 2/14/2017Taken for anxiety but I found the 50mg to be heavily sedating. I was down for the count after taking one. They take awhile to take effect so use for chronic and short panic attacks doesn't work great. I found that by the time I felt the sedation my attack was long gone. Would recommend for sleeping problems but not fast acting enough for anxiety.
    26
    Man
    Anxiety
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.
Sleep
  • 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.
  • Shouldn't take other medicines that cause drowsiness or dizziness.
  • Not worth it
    Low hassle
    Reviewed Ataraxon 3/22/2017It's slow acting, and makes you drowsy a couple hours after taken.
    18
    Man
    A month or so
    Anxiety
  • Worth it
    Big hassle
    Reviewed AtaraxEases the itching but always makes me feel continually drowsy.
    46
    Man
    Two years or more
  • Worth it
    Low hassle
    Reviewed Ataraxon 7/13/2016Great for sleep issues and anxiety induced panic attacks that are relentless.
    23
    Man
    Anxiety