Atarax

(hydroxyzine)

3.9/ 5 average rating with 34 reviewsforAtarax
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Relieves anxiety and itching.

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

Upsides

  • 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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People’s experience with Atarax

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Downsides

  • 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.
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How it works

Atarax (hydroxyzine) is an antihistamine. It treats itching and anxiety by stopping the effects of histamine and serotonin in the body and brain.

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

Dosage forms

  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Suspension
People’s experience with Atarax

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What to expect when you take Atarax (hydroxyzine) for Itching and anxiety

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  • Possible side effects
  • Dry mouth
  • Drowsiness
  • Headache
  • Hallucination
  • Itching
  • Rash
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Risks and Warnings for Atarax (hydroxyzine)

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

    Atarax (hydroxyzine) can lower your ability to focus, think, and react. Avoid activities that require you to be alert, such as driving a car or operating machinery, until you know how this medication affects you. Ask a doctor or pharmacist before using Atarax (hydroxyzine) if you are taking tranquilizers or sedatives.

Common concerns from people taking Atarax (hydroxyzine)

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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
  • Can be taken with or without food.
Sleep
  • Atarax (hydroxyzine) often causes extreme drowsiness or dizziness. Don't mix with other medicines that cause drowsiness like other antihistamines, pain or sleep medications, or alcohol.
  • 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
  • Not worth it
    Big hassle
    Reviewed AtaraxMade me incredibly sleepy & foggy after 10 hours of sleep. No thanks.
    44
    Woman
    Less than a week
    Anxiety