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Why should I not take atarax if I have thyroid issues?

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endlessPred 19 Jan 2013

Hello patsy. Welcome and a god question. Here is info from the drug checker above. Most important is to know if the prescribing physician knew of your thyroid condition.

"What is Atarax?

Atarax reduces activity in the central nervous system. It also acts as an antihistamine that reduces the natural chemical histamine in the body. Histamine can produce symptoms of sneezing and runny nose, or hives on the skin.

Atarax is used as a sedative to treat anxiety and tension. It is also used together with other medications given for anesthesia. Hydroxyzine may also be used to control nausea and vomiting.

Atarax is also used to treat allergic skin reactions such as hives or contact dermatitis.

Atarax may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Important information about Atarax

You should not use Atarax if you are allergic to hydroxyzine, or if you are pregnant.

Before you take Atarax, tell your doctor if you have a seizure disorder, liver disease, or kidney disease.

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Atarax can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert. Stop using Atarax and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as tremors, confusion, seizures, or restless muscle movements in your eyes, tongue, jaw, or neck. Avoid drinking alcohol. It can increase some of the side effects of Atarax.

Before taking Atarax

You should not use Atarax if you are allergic to hydroxyzine, or if you are pregnant.

If you have certain conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely use this medication. Before you take Atarax, tell your doctor if you have:

epilepsy or other seizure disorder;
asthma, emphysema, or other breathing problem;
glaucoma;
heart disease or high blood pressure;
stomach ulcer, blockage in your stomach or intestines;
thyroid disorder;
enlarged prostate or problems with urination;
liver disease; or
kidney disease.
FDA pregnancy category D. Do not use Atarax without telling your doctor if you are pregnant. It could harm the unborn baby. Use effective birth control, and tell your doctor if you become pregnant during treatment. It is not known whether hydroxyzine passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use Atarax without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. Older adults may be more likely to have side effects from Atarax."

Please ask more questions if you have them.

Patsy48 19 Jan 2013

Thank you for your welcoming comment. I had research and found the same information. However my question is still unanswered. Thanks again.

endlessPred 20 Jan 2013

Hmmm. Well thyroid disorder is listed as a complicating factor. That means either the medication prevents the thyroid medication from metabolizing properly or some other interference with the thyroid hormone. Generally medications that are not recommended, if prescribed, have to be carefully watched by the physician to be sure there is no serious problems with your TSH levels. The actual biochemical interaction can be explained by your endocrinologist.

Patsy48 20 Jan 2013

That sheds a different light. Thanks. However, just to clarify I do not take or shall I say I can not take thyroid medication. My tsh is up down up down normal up down normal. But thanks anyway. I was just curious.

endlessPred 25 Jan 2013

FYI. When the thyroid starts changing like you are experiencing it will be necessary to keep an eye on it. Also to be examined for developing nodules or goiter. Sometimes these come on fast.

Hope all is well. Karen

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