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Atarax Medication - Uses & Side Effects

Atarax is an antihistamine and used to treat symptoms of common anxiety and tension and, in combination with other medications, to treat anxiety that may be occur from physical illness. It is also used to treats itching from allergic reactions and can also be used as a sedative before and after general anesthesia.

Atarax Dosage

  • For Adults, the usual starting dose is 50 to 100 milligrams 4 times per day.
  • For Children under Age 6, the total dose is 50 milligrams daily.
  • For Children over Age 6, the total dose is 50 to 100 milligrams daily.

Uses of Atarax

  • Hydroxyzine is used to treat itching that may be caused by allergies and used to control the nausea and vomiting that may be caused by various conditions such as motion sickness.
  • It is also used for anxiety and to treat the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal.

Side Effects of Atarax

Before taken Atarax medicine, you should discuss the side effects with your doctor. If any develop or change in intensity, then you should inform your doctor as soon as possible. Because only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Atarax. Side effects may include:

  • Dry mouth nose, and throat
  • Upset stomach
  • Drowsiness
  • Chest congestion
  • Headache
  • Reddening of skin

Warnings and precautions before taking Atarax:

  • You should tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to hydroxyzine or any other drugs.
  • If you are taking prescription and nonprescription medications especially antihistamines; medications for colds, allergies, or hay fever; medications for depression or seizures, then you should tell your doctor.
  • You should tell your doctor if you have or have ever had asthma, glaucoma, ulcers, difficulty urinating, heart disease, liver disease, high blood pressure, seizures, or an overactive thyroid gland.
  • If you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding, then you should tell your doctor.

Drug Interaction :-

If you are taking Atarax with certain other drugs, then the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. So it is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Atarax with the following:

  • Barbiturates such as Seconal and Phenobarbital
  • Narcotics such as Demerol and Percocet
  • Non-narcotic analgesics such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen
Overdose

After taken Atarax if you feel that overdose is suspected, then you should contact with your doctor immediately. Because it may lead to another serious effect. The most common symptom of Atarax overdose is excessive calm; your blood pressure may drop, although it is not likely.


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