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Generic Name: Hydroxyzine hydrochloride 

Brand Name: Vistaril 

Why is Atarax prescribed? 

pictures of atarax 10 mgAtarax is an antihistamine which is frequently prescribed for people with common anxiety and tension problems, and is also sometimes used in combination with other medications to treat anxiety associated with medical problems.  Atarax may also relieve itching associated with allergic reactions, and can be used as a sedative prior to and after general anesthesia. Antihistamines are noted to work by reducing the effects of histamine, which is a chemical that the body releases, narrowing air passages in the lungs that contribute to inflammation.  Antihistamines may also reduce swelling as well as itching, and may cause secretions from the nose, throat and eyes to dry up. 

Important information about Atarax: 

Atarax is not usually recommended for long-term use, which usually is stated to be more than four months.  Your physician should periodically reevaluate your need for this antianxiety medication. 

 

Atarax during pregnancy: 

Many physicians conclude that this medication should not be taken in early pregnancy or if you happen to have a sensitivity to it, or have had an allergic reaction to it.  You should always make your doctor aware of any negative drug reactions that you experience when taking this anxiety medication. 

The use of Atarax during pregnancy has not been adequately studied among humans.  Birth defects have appeared in animal studies with his anti-anxiety medication.  You should not take this medication in early pregnancy.  If you’re pregnant or plan to become pregnant in the near future, you need to talk to your doctor immediately.  This anxiety medication may appear in breast milk and could affect a nursing infant.  If you feel that Atarax is essential to your health, your doctor may ask you to discontinue breast-feeding until your treatment is finished.

Some information from The PDR Pocket Guide to Prescription Drugs

Additional Information and webpage by Paul Susic  MA Licensed Psychologist   Ph.D. Candidate  (Health and Geriatric Psychologist)  

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