hydroxyzine, Vistaril, Atarax

  • Pharmacy Author:
    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD
    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

GENERIC NAME: hydroxyzine

BRAND NAMES: Vistaril

DISCONTINUED BRANDS: Atarax

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

USES: Hydroxyzine is used for the relief of pruritus (itching) caused by various allergic conditions. Hydroxyzine is also used for treating anxiety and tension, and inducing sedation prior to or after anesthesia. Nausea, vomiting, and alcohol withdrawal are also uses for hydroxyzine.

SIDE EFFECTS: Common side effects of hydroxyzine are:

  • sedation,
  • tiredness,
  • sleepiness,
  • dizziness,
  • disturbed coordination,
  • drying and
  • thickening of oral and other respiratory secretions, and
  • stomach distress.

Other important side effects include:

Hydroxyzine should be used with caution (if at all) in persons with narrow-angle glaucoma, prostatic hypertrophy (enlarged prostate gland), hyperthyroidism, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and asthma.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/31/2016

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