Atarax for anxiety?
Name: Hydroxyzine hydrochloride
Why is Atarax prescribed?
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
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
Information and webpage by
Licensed Psychologist Ph.D. Candidate
(Health and Geriatric Psychologist)
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