Atarax (Hydroxyzine Hydrochloride) is an antihistamine which can be used to treat itchiness caused by allergies, hives or dermatitis. When used for these purposes, it works by blocking the histamine receptors, which in turn stops itching and other allergy symptoms. In addition to the uses listed above, this medicine may be prescribed on a short term basis for treating adult patients affected by anxiety, or to relax patients before surgery. Other uses include treating motion sickness and alcohol withdrawal symptoms.
Atarax (Hydroxyzine Hydrochloride) tablets each contain 25mg of the active ingredient. Pruritus (itching) can be treated with 25mg (3 to 4 times per day). Other conditions may require different dosage regimens.
Patients taking Atarax (Hydroxyzine Hydrochloride) may experience side effects, such as:
- Skin redness
- Blurry vision
- Dryness affecting the mouth
Tell your doctor if you experience any side effects during treatment. Although it is uncommon, severe reactions may occur. You will need to seek medical attention straight away if you experience seizures, tremors, weak muscles or any other serious symptoms.
If you become drowsy after taking this medicine, you must not drive or operate any dangerous machinery. In addition to this, you may be told by your doctor not to consume alcohol, as this may worsen the side effects of this medicine.
Inform your doctor if you are affected by any seizure disorders, kidney disease or liver disease.
Seek immediate emergency medical attention if you suffer an allergic reaction. Symptoms to watch for, which may be indicative of a reaction, include skin rashes, hives, swelling of the face or limbs, trouble breathing, and trouble swallowing.
Always use Atarax (Hydroxyzine Hydrochloride) as you have been prescribed by your doctor. Never self-medicate or change your dosage without first consulting your doctor. The correct dosage can vary depending on your health, medical history, and the severity of the condition being treated.
This medication may not be safe for all patients. Before you begin using it always disclose the following to your doctor:
- If you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
- If you suffer from any allergies.
- If you suffer from any other health conditions or illnesses.
- If you are using any other medicine (including all non-prescription).
- If you are using any supplements, vitamins, or herbal products of any kind.
To read the patient information leaflet for this product please click here: https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/medicine/2611
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