Active Ingredients: Hydroxyzine
More What is hydroxyzine?
Hydroxyzine is an antihistamine that reduces the effects of natural chemical histamine in the body. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert.
Stop using this medicine and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as tremors, confusion, seizures, or restless muscle movements in your eyes, tongue, jaw, or neck. Drinking alcohol can increase certain side effects of hydroxyzine.
Before taking this medicine You should not use hydroxyzine if you are allergic to it, or if: you have long QT syndrome; you are allergic to cetirizine Zyrtec or levocetirizine Xyzal; or Hydroxyzine could harm the unborn baby or cause birth defects.
Talk to you doctor before using hydroxyzine if pregnant. To make sure this medicine is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have: blockage in your digestive tract stomach or intestines; bladder obstruction or other urination problems; glaucoma; personal or family history of long QT syndrome; an electrolyte imbalance such as high or low levels of potassium in your blood; if you have recently had a heart attack.
It is not known whether hydroxyzine passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby.
Talk to your doctor before breastfeeding while using this medicine. Do not give this medicine to a child without medical advice. How should I take hydroxyzine?
Take hydroxyzine exactly as prescribed by your doctor.
Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Shake the oral suspension liquid well just before you measure a dose. Measure liquid medicine with the dosing syringe provided, or with a special dose-measuring spoon or medicine cup.
If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one. Hydroxyzine is for short-term use only.
You should not take this medicine for longer than 4 months. Call your doctor if your anxiety symptoms do not improve, or if they get worse.
Before you take Atarax, tell your doctor if you have a seizure disorder, liver disease, or kidney disease. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert.