Hydroxyzine, a member of the antihistamine class of medications, is utilized for the relief of itching in both adults and children resulting from allergic skin reactions. It may be employed, either alone or in conjunction with other medications, to alleviate anxiety and tension in both adults and children.
Hydroxyzine is used as a sedative, in combination with other medications, prior to and following general anesthesia in both adult and pediatric patients. Its mechanism of action involves blocking the actions of histamine, a substance responsible for inducing allergic symptoms, while also decreasing brain activity.
Uses and Dosage
Hydroxyzine is available in these forms for oral administration:
Typically, hydroxyzine is administered three to four times daily. Strictly adhere to the instructions specified on the prescription label and to seek clarification from a physician or pharmacist for any part that is not comprehended. Consume hydroxyzine exactly as directed by the prescribing physician, avoiding both excessive and insufficient consumption, as well as deviating from the prescribed frequency of administration.
Hydroxyzine may cause adverse effects. Inform a physician if any symptoms are persistent or severe in nature:
- dry mouth
- constipation (especially in older adults)
- confusion (especially in older adults)
Certain adverse effects may be serious in nature. If the following symptoms are experienced, seek prompt medical attention:
- unintentional trembling or shaking movements
- pus-filled, blister-like sores (lesions), areas of swelling and redness on the skin, and fever
Avoid usage of Atarax if you have an allergy to hydroxyzine or if you are pregnant. Prior to taking Atarax, it is imperative to inform your physician of any existing seizure disorders, liver diseases, or kidney diseases.
Note that this medication may impair cognitive function and reactions, thus caution should be exercised while driving or performing tasks that demand alertness.
In case of serious adverse effects such as tremors, confusion, seizures, or restless muscle movements in the eyes, tongue, jaw, or neck, immediately discontinue the use of Atarax and seek medical attention.
Limit alcohol consumption, as it may intensify certain side effects of hydroxyzine.
Form and Strength
Abilify is available in the following forms and strengths:
Will hydroxyzine calm my anxiety?
Hydroxyzine is used to help control anxiety and tension caused by nervous and emotional conditions. It can also be used to help control anxiety and produce sleep before surgery. This medicine is also used to relieve symptoms of allergic conditions (eg, chronic urticaria and atopic and contact dermatoses).
Can hydroxyzine stop panic attacks?
Case studies have also shown that hydroxyzine has successfully been used to help symptoms of panic attacks.