Generic Name: Hydroxyzine Capsules and Tablets
Brand Name: Examples include Atarax and Vistaril
Atarax is used for:
Treating anxiety, for sedation before and after general anesthesia, and to treat itching due to certain allergic conditions, including hives and contact dermatitis (eg, poison ivy). It also may be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Atarax is an antihistamine. It works by affecting the brain to reduce anxiety. It also has other activities, including opening breathing tubes, relieving pain or allergy symptoms, and preventing or treating nausea and vomiting caused by motion sickness.
Do NOT use Atarax if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in Atarax
- you are taking sodium oxybate (GHB)
- you are in your first 3 months of pregnancy
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using Atarax :
Some medical conditions may interact with Atarax . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- if you have asthma, glaucoma, difficulty urinating, urinary or intestinal blockage, a prostate disease, or a blood disease
- if you drink alcoholic beverages
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Atarax . Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
- Sodium oxybate (GHB) because side effects such as an increase in sleep duration and slowed breathing may occur
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Atarax may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.