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Atarax is a first-generation antihistamine used to relieve anxiety and tension as well as symptoms of allergic reactions. It works by reducing activity in the central nervous system and decreasing histamine levels.
As a first-generation antihistamine, Atarax causes drowsiness which works to help calm anxiety and tension. This medication is meant to be taken as needed to relieve symptoms. Because of this, Hydroxyzine is sometimes used with other medications before or after general anesthesia.
Atarax (Hydroxyzine Hcl) is also used to treat pruritus caused by allergic conditions such chronic urticaria and dermatoses as well as histamine-mediated pruritus.
Uses and Dosage
The recommended dose for Atarax will depend based on what it is being used for.
- Take with a full glass of water
- Can be taken with or without food
- Take as needed to relieve symptoms
- Do not take mor or less than recommended
- Do not take Atarax daily for more than four months
For easing anxiety:
- Adults should take no more than 100mg four times a day
- Children over six should have no more than 100mg per day in divided doses
- Children under six should have no more than 50mg per day
For managing allergic reactions:
- Adults should have no more than 25mg four times a day
- Children over 6 should take no more than 100mg each day in divided doses
- Children under 6 should have no more than 50mg daily in divided doses
Atarax affects the central nervous system and comes with some side effects.
These may include:
- Blurred vision
- Dry mouth
This is not a complete list. Speak with your doctor for more information and advice about side effects when taking Atarax.
Serious Side Effects
Some more serious side effects may occur. Stop using this medicatin and see your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following:
- Restless muscle movements in eyes, tongue, jaw, or neck
- Seizures or convulsions
Atarax should not be used if you are allergic to hydroxyzine.
Signs of an allergic reaction to this medication include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, it is advised that you avoid taking Atarax (Hydroxyzine Hcl).
Before taking this medication, consult with your doctor, especially if you have a seizure disorder, liver disease, or kidney disease.
Atarax causes drowsiness, an effect which can last for up to 6 hours after first taken. Avoid driving or operating machinery when taking the medication because it can affect your thinking and reactions. Drinking alcohol can also increase side effects alongside drowsiness.
Form and Strength
Atarax (Hydroxyzine Hcl) is available in tablet form.
The tablet strengths available include:
These Atarax tablets are available in quantities of 90, while generic Hydroxyzine Hcl 25mg tablets are available in a quantity of 100.
How long does it take for Hydroxyzine to start working?
You should begin feeling the effects of Atarax (Hydroxyzine Hcl) within 15 to 30 minutes. These effects may last up to 4 or 6 hours after taking. This allows for immediate relief from allergies or anxiety but may cause drowsiness up to those 6 hours, meaning you shouldn’t drive or perform any tasks needing alertness while taking.
Can Atarax be taken long-term?
Hydroxyzine is not meant to be used more than 4 months. When used to treat anxiety it’s best to use as needed to relieve more severe symptoms.
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