Atarax or hydroxyzine is an oral drug prescribed for many purposes. Atarax uses a specific mechanism of action to serve as a depressor of the central nervous system. As such, it can be used as an anesthetic, anti-psychotic and antihistaminic. The use of atarax for anxiety treatment is also quite common, an explanation to this fact, is the main composition of the drug which also serves as a sedative. However, for the same reason it needs be taken with extreme caution and control.
You should know some things about Atarax, first you cannot, by any circumstance, drink alcohol while taking Atarax medicine as there is evidence of increase in the effect on the drug. Mixing drugs can also be pretty dangerous, that’s why you need to tell your doctor about all the medication you’re currently taking, to see if there are some negative interactions between this drug and other ones.
Do not take this treatment for a longer period of time than the time stated by the doctor. Likewise, do not stop using Atarax, even if you feel better, unless you have orders to do so, there may be negative effects if you abruptly stop.
This drug is also known to impair your attention, so be careful if you need to drive or be completely alert to something. As it is a depressor of the central nervous system you’ll be a little slow on your responses while the effect passes or while you get used to the medicament.
It is not safe to take Atarax while you’re pregnant or suspicious of it. Please take birth control options while you are on treatment and talk to your doctor if you want to have a baby, to examine other options of treatment and extra measures. The medicine can harm the unborn child so be careful. However, it is currently unknown if the medicine can pass into breast milk .
The use of Atrax has been discovered to pose some mild and serious side effects. The severity of the effects is however, dependent on the dosage administered and the duration of use.
Some common side effects:
These side effects may disappear within time, while you get used to the drug, nonetheless if they persist, call your doctor.
Serious side effects:
Restless muscle movements in different parts of the body
If you have any of these symptoms, suspend the medication immediately and call for medical help.
There is an intramuscular injection for Atarax medication, in case of emergencies, or need for a more immediate effect. (Note: the dose to serve as a pre-sedative, before actual anesthesia is from 50 to 100mg in adults and 0.6mg/kg in children) However its dosage is usually taken orally, with two special presentations: tablets and syrup.
Common Atarax dosage is:
The recommended dosage for adult is 50-100 mg in divided doses. On special cases of allergic condition like urticarial a well- tailored dose is administered. Atarax 25mg three times daily is the recommended dose to be administered or taken.
For children older than 6 years, Atarax can be given doses of 50-100mg. If they are younger the most likely option for them is to take the syrup or if they do take the tablets, it’ll be a treatment with a dosage not higher than 50 mg and divided.
Nevertheless, the doses specified are just a guide and shouldn’t be followed strictly. Only your doctor may determine the exact doses according to your clinical history and age. Adding to that, as all medicines the dosage for Atarax can be adjusted according to the response of the patient to the treatment.
If you miss a dose all you need to do is: take it as soon as you remember but skip it if it’s already time for another dose. Don’t try to double up your dose to make up for the one you forgotten.
In case of overdose or suspicion of it, please call the emergency room.
Overdose symptoms may include.
Dizziness and uncoordinated movements
Nausea or vomiting