hydroxyzine, Vistaril, Atarax (cont.)

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PRESCRIBED FOR: 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 12/5/2014

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