Generic Name: hydroxyzine (hye-DROX-i-zeen)
Brand Name: Vistaril
Hydroxyzine suspension 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 suspension 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 suspension if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in hydroxyzine suspension
- 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.
Before using hydroxyzine suspension:
Some medical conditions may interact with hydroxyzine suspension. 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 suspension. 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 suspension 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 suspension:
Use hydroxyzine suspension as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Take hydroxyzine suspension by mouth with or without food. If stomach upset occurs, take with food to reduce stomach irritation.
- Shake well before each use.
- 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 suspension 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 suspension.
Important safety information:
- Hydroxyzine suspension may cause drowsiness. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use hydroxyzine suspension 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 suspension; it may add to their effects. Ask your pharmacist if you have questions about which medicines may cause drowsiness.
- The effectiveness of hydroxyzine suspension as anxiety treatment for longer than 4 months is not known.
- Use hydroxyzine suspension with caution in the ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its effects.
- Hydroxyzine suspension should not be used in NEWBORNS; safety and effectiveness in newborns have not been confirmed.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: Do not use hydroxyzine suspension 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 this medicine is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking hydroxyzine suspension.
Possible side effects of hydroxyzine suspension:
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:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Drowsiness; dry mouth.
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 or dizziness.Proper storage of hydroxyzine suspension:
Store hydroxyzine suspension 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 suspension out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about hydroxyzine suspension, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Hydroxyzine suspension 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 is a summary only. It does not contain all information about hydroxyzine suspension. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
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.