The drug popularly known as Atarax (hydroxyzine) is used to control various problems caused by generation of substance called histamine. Problems which are treated are running nose, itching, watery eyes and hives/ dermatitis on the skin. This drug also releases stress and anxiety by limiting the activity in the central nervous system. It is also used as anesthesia when mixed with the other medicines. Sometimes, it is used to control vomiting and nausea as well.
This is available at pharmacy stores in different two forms: as tablets and as liquid.
Your doctor must know about several things namely:
Pregnant ladies must be very careful while going on his medication. One must do a thorough research and detailed conversation with a medical professional.
If you are breast feeding your baby then, ask doctor whether it is suitable to do so or not while being on this drug.
Children must never be given its dose without consulting any doctor. It is recommended only if it is badly required.
How should I take Atarax?
This drug must be taken as prescribed by your doctor. You cannot increase or decrease its amount at your own. You must read carefully all the details given on its prescription label as well for more details.
It must be taken with plain water, at least with one full glass of water.
In case, you are taking its syrup then, it must be measured carefully and exactly.
Do not overdose this drug and keep it at room temperature.
What happens if I miss a dose?
You should take missed dose only if there is sufficient time left for the other dose otherwise, take another dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up for the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose?
Overdose of this medicine causes various problems like drowsiness, nausea, tiredness, vomiting and faint feeling.
What should I avoid?
Alcohol must be avoided while you are on this medication as it can cause various serious side effects.
Atarax side effects
Get emergency medical help if any of the symptoms are seen after taking this medicine:
Trouble wile breathing
Swelling of eyes, face, lips, tongue, and other body parts
Sleepiness or lethargic feeling
Body rashes/ allergy/ redness on the body
In case any other uneasiness is felt then, medical help is a must so you never delay contacting your physician.
What other drugs will affect Atarax?
Your doctor needs to know about all your medicines that you take for other problems so that correct prescription can be given. Atarax makes you very sleepy so, other medicines like cold and fever dose, sedatives, sleeping pills, medicines for anxiety and stress must be avoided. You must never start any other kind of medicine without telling your doctor.