Atarax (Hydroxyzine HCL)
What is Atarax (Hydroxyzine HCL) used for?
Atarax (Hydroxyzine HCL) is an oral antihistamine prescribed to treat allergic reactions affecting the skin such as hives, nettle rash, or eczema. The medication stops the action of histamines to reduce swelling, pain, and irritation associated with these conditions. Your doctor may also prescribe its use for the treatment of other unlisted conditions.
How should I use Atarax (Hydroxyzine HCL)?
Strictly follow your doctor`s instructions while using Atarax (Hydroxyzine HCL) to get the safest and most effective results from treatment. One tablet is normally administered each day, but your individual directions will depend on your health condition and the severity of your symptoms. These should be swallowed with a large glass of water and may be taken on an empty stomach, although a snack or meal is recommended before use if you get an upset stomach. Never change the form of the tablets before use by splitting or crushing them to avoid unintentionally destroying or altering the effects of their contents. Ask your pharmacist or doctor any questions you have about the medicine to ensure the correct usage.
What are the side effects of Atarax (Hydroxyzine HCL)?
The use of Atarax (Hydroxyzine HCL) may cause side effects in some patients such as:
Contact your doctor as soon as possible if you experience any severe or worrying side effects including tremors, confusion, seizures, or signs of an allergic reaction including skin reactions, swelling, or difficulty breathing. These conditions may require lower doses, reduced frequency of administration, or immediate medical attention in serious situations to prevent further health problems from occurring.
Atarax (Hydroxyzine HCL) should not be used to treat patients who are under six months old, pregnant, breastfeeding, lactose intolerant, who have porphyrias, or who have had a bad reaction to similar treatments in the past. Also inform your physician if you have dementia, hyperthyroidism, an enlarged prostate gland, glaucoma, epilepsy, myasthenia gravis, emphysema, reduced kidney function, or reduced liver function as these conditions may cause unexpected problems during treatment.
Strictly use Atarax (Hydroxyzine HCL) as prescribed and follow all instructions provided by your doctor. Safe, suitable, and optimum dosage can vary and is dependent on the patient`s health and medical history, as well as the condition you are treating.
Atarax (Hydroxyzine HCL) may not be safe or suitable for all patients. Always ensure your doctor is informed if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, using any other type of medication (including non-prescription medicine, vitamins, and supplements), as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or pre-existing medication conditions.
Seek immediate medical attention or proceed to your nearest accident and emergency department if you suffer a hypersensitive or allergic reaction. Symptoms usually present during a reaction of this nature include difficulty breathing or swallowing, swelling of the limbs or face, tight chest, hives, and skin rashes.