Atarax (Hydroxyzine) is an antihistamine medication. It reduces activity in the central nervous system and reduces the production of histamine in the body. Atarax can be used to treat anxiety and tension, to treat allergic skin reactions (such as hives or contact dermatitis), and used together with other medications given for anesthesia. The usual recommended start dose is 10mg tablets.
The brand Atarax is manufactured by Erfa and UCB Pharma and currently comes from Canada, Turkey, and India. The generic Hydroxyzine is available from Canada by a different manufacturer. It may come from other international countries. Atarax is available in a 5mg/ml/473ml syrup, 10mg/5ml/200ml oral solution, 10 mg and 25mg tablet, 5mg/ml/500ml syrup, and a 10mg, 25mg, and 50mg capsule dosage.
Get medical help immediately if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction while taking Hydroxyzine.
• Difficulty breathing;
• Swelling of your face, lips, tongue or throat
Stop taking Atarax and call your doctor at once if you have one of these serious side effects:
• Restless muscle movements in your eyes, tongue, jaw, or neck;
Less serious side effects of Hydroxyzine may include: dizziness, drowsiness, blurred vision, dry mouth, and headache.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Please call your doctor if you have any further concerns or questions.
Atarax should be taken as prescribed by your doctor. Talk to your doctor about your medical history to be sure you can safely take Atarax. Particularly if you have a history of seizure disorders, liver disease, kidney disease, glaucoma, heart disease, high blood pressure, stomach ulcers, thyroid disorder, enlarged prostate or problems urinating. You should not take Atarax if you are allergic to Hydroxyzine or if you are pregnant. It is not known whether or not this medication will harm a nursing infant. You shouldn’t take Atarax while pregnant or nursing without discussing the risks with your doctor. There may be an interaction between Atarax and other medications. Some of the most notable include: cold or allergy medications, sedatives, narcotic pain medicines, muscle relaxers, antiseizure medications, antidepressants, and antianxiety medications. Talk to your doctor about any medications or herbal supplements you are currently taking.
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