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Hydroxyzine syrup

Pronunciation

Generic Name: hydroxyzine (hye-DROX-i-zeen)
Brand Name: Atarax

Hydroxyzine syrup is used for:

Treating anxiety, causing sedation before and after general anesthesia, and treating itching due to certain allergic conditions, including hives and contact dermatitis (eg, poison ivy). It also may be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Hydroxyzine syrup is an antihistamine. It works by affecting the brain to reduce anxiety. It also has other activities, including opening breathing tubes, relieving pain or allergy symptoms, and preventing or treating nausea and vomiting caused by motion sickness.

Do NOT use hydroxyzine syrup if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in hydroxyzine syrup
  • you are taking sodium oxybate (GHB)
  • you are in your first 3 months of pregnancy

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using hydroxyzine syrup:

Some medical conditions may interact with hydroxyzine syrup. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have asthma, glaucoma, difficulty urinating, a urinary or intestinal blockage, a prostate disease, or a blood disease
  • if you drink alcoholic beverages

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with hydroxyzine syrup. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Sodium oxybate (GHB) because side effects, such as an increase in sleep duration and slowed breathing, may occur

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if hydroxyzine syrup may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use hydroxyzine syrup:

Use hydroxyzine syrup as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Take hydroxyzine syrup by mouth with or without food. If stomach upset occurs, take with food to reduce stomach irritation.
  • Use a measuring device marked for medicine dosing. Ask your pharmacist for help if you are unsure of how to measure your dose.
  • If you miss a dose of hydroxyzine syrup and you are using it regularly, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for you next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use hydroxyzine syrup.

Important safety information:

  • Hydroxyzine syrup may cause drowsiness. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use hydroxyzine syrup with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol or using medicines that may cause drowsiness (eg, sleep aids, muscle relaxers) while you are using hydroxyzine syrup; it may add to their effects. Ask your pharmacist if you have questions about which medicines may cause drowsiness.
  • The effectiveness of hydroxyzine syrup as anxiety treatment for longer than 4 months is not known.
  • Use hydroxyzine syrup with caution in the ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its effects.
  • Hydroxyzine syrup should not be used in NEWBORNS; safety and effectiveness in newborns have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: Do not use hydroxyzine syrup if you are in your first 3 months of pregnancy. If you think you may be pregnant, contact your doctor right away. It is not known if hydroxyzine syrup is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking hydroxyzine syrup.

Possible side effects of hydroxyzine syrup:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Drowsiness; dry mouth.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); involuntary movements.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include unusual drowsiness and dizziness.

Proper storage of hydroxyzine syrup:

Store hydroxyzine syrup at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C), in a tightly closed container. Do not freeze. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep hydroxyzine syrup out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about hydroxyzine syrup, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Hydroxyzine syrup is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take hydroxyzine syrup or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about hydroxyzine syrup. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to hydroxyzine syrup. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using hydroxyzine syrup.

Issue Date: September 3, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.003
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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