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What is Atarax?

Atarax reduces activity in the central nervous system and is used as a sedative ttreat anxiety and tension. Sometimes, Atarax is used in conjunction with other medications given for anesthesia.

Atarax alsacts as an antihistamine. These types of medicates reduce the natural chemical histamine in the body which can produce symptoms of sneezing and runny nose, or hives on the skin.

Finally, atarax is alsused ttreat allergic skin reactions such as hives or contact dermatitis.

Important Information

Below are a number of key points you should consider before taking Atarax. As with all prescription drugs, consult a medical professional prior tstarting ttake Atarax.

  • Before you take Atarax you should tell your doctor if you have a seizure disorder, liver disease, or kidney disease.
  • You should not use Atarax if you are allergic thydroxyzine, the active ingredient in Atarax.
  • Atarax can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions sit is recommended that you exercise caution if you plan tdrive or danything while taking Atarax that requires you tbe aware and alert.
  • Stop using Ataraximmediately and call your doctor at once if you have any serious side effects such as tremors, confusion, seizures, or restless muscle movements in your eyes, tongue, jaw, or neck.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol as it can increase some of the side effects of Atarax.

What should I know before taking Atarax?

Below are guidelines you should follow when taking Atarax:

If you have certain conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests tsafely use this medication. Tell your doctor about any prescription or over-the-counter medications you are taking.

There are pre-existing conditions that may prevent you from taking Atarax or complicate your prescription. Before you take Atarax, tell your doctor if you have:

  • glaucoma;
  • heart disease or high blood pressure;
  • epilepsy or other seizure disorder;
  • thyroid disorder;
  • enlarged prostate or problems with urination;
  • asthma, emphysema, or other breathing problem;
  • stomach ulcer, blockage in your stomach or intestines;
  • liver disease; or
  • kidney disease.

Atarax has been shown tcause harm tan unborn baby. If you are pregnant or planning tget pregnant, dnot use this medication without first consulting your doctor. You may need ttake a pregnancy test prior tutilizing Atarax just tensure that you are not pregnant. Use effective birth control, and tell your doctor if you become pregnant during treatment.

You should not use this medication if you are actively breast-feeding.

Ingredients

The active ingredient in Atarax is hydroxyzine hydrochloride.

How it Works

Atarax belongs ta group of drugs commonly known as first-generation (sedating) antihistamines and has several impacts on the body. First, it works for itching by blocking histamine receptors. Second, it fights anxiety by affecting certain parts of the brain. Finally, Atarax can alscause relaxation of skeletal muscles.

In addition, Atarax has anticholinergic activity. This means it blocks acetylcholine receptors lending it thelp alleviate nausea.

Interactions

Before using Atarax, tell your doctor if you regularly use other medicines that have side effects of sleepiness such as cold or allergy medicine, sedatives, narcotic pain medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, and medicine for seizures, depression, or anxiety. These medications, in conjunction with Atarax, may increase sleepiness ta point of medical emergency.

There may be other drugs that can interact with Atarax. It is recommended that you tell your doctor about any prescription or over-the-counter medications you are currently taking. It is alsrecommended that you inform your doctor of any vitamins or herbal products that you are currently taking.

Side Effects

Serious side effects of Atarax that require immediate medical attention include:

  • tremors (uncontrolled shaking);
  • restless muscle movements in your eyes, tongue, jaw, or neck;
  • confusion; or
  • seizure (convulsions).

Less serious side effects may include:

  • dizziness, drowsiness;
  • blurred vision, dry mouth; or
  • headache.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will Atarax cure my allergies?

No. Atarax is not a cure for allergic reactions. When used for its anti-histamine properties, it can simply reduce the symptoms commonly associated with allergies including stuffiness, itchiness, and sneezing.

What’s in Atarax?

The active ingredient in Atarax is hydroxyzine hydrochloride.

How does Atarax work?

Atarax works in a variety of ways depending upon its intended purpose. It can affect chemicals in the brain, thereby reducing anxiety; it can reduce the number of histamines in the bloodstream; and it can help reduce nausea.

Are there any drugs I can’t take in combination with Atarax?

Before using Atarax, tell your doctor if you regularly use other medicines that have side effects of sleepiness such as cold or allergy medicine, sedatives, narcotic pain medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, and medicine for seizures, depression, or anxiety. These medications, in conjunction with Atarax, may increase sleepiness to a point of medical emergency.

In short, you should discuss any drugs you are currently taking with your doctor before beginning a treatment with Ataraxincluding over-the-counter, vitamins and herbal supplements.

Can Atarax cause an allergic reaction? If so, what are the signs?

You should seek immediate, emergency medical help if you experience any of the following allergic reactions including hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat.

What happens if I miss a dose of Atarax?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up any missed doses.