Atarax is a medication that contains hydroxyzine and that’s used to treat a range of medical issues, including allergies, nausea, vomiting, motion sickness, anxiety, and alcohol withdrawal. What Atarax does, more specifically, is help to reduce overactivity and overstimulation within the central nervous system. As such, a person’s tension and anxiety will dissipate. It also is an antihistamine. By reducing the amount of the chemical histamine within a person’s body, such symptoms as sneezing, hives and runny or stuffed noses will clear up. Atarax can be used to treat contact dermatitis and other skin disorders as well. This medicine is generally taken three or four times a day, and is available in both tablet and syrup form.
Pregnant women, women who are breastfeeding an infant and people who are allergic to hydroxyzine should not use Atarax. And if you’ve had kidney or liver disease, or have a history of seizures, your doctor will have to decide if it’s OK for you to take this drug. Other medical issues that may make you ineligible for Atarax include glaucoma, ulcers, enlarged prostate, heart disease, or an overactive thyroid gland. And give your doctor a list of all the other drugs you are currently taking, including vitamins and herbal supplements, just to make sure there won’t be any bad reactions with the Atarax.
Atarax is a highly useful and important drug, but you will have to be careful when you are taking it. This medication can make you feel tired, can slow down your reaction time, and can even result in cloudy thinking. As a result, you should avoid driving while taking this medication, or at the very least be extremely careful if you do go on the road. Indeed, anything that requires precision and alertness in order to be done safely ought to be avoided by someone on Atarax. You also want to abstain from drinking alcohol for the duration you’re on this medicine. Alcohol can make these side effects even more intense. On the bright side, there are no dietary restrictions that go along with taking Atarax.
There are some rare, but dangerous, side effects that can accompany Atarax. Get medical help at once if you experience mental confusion, seizures, uncontrollable muscle movements, tremors, spasms or hives. Milder side effects that might accompany Atarax usage would include an upset stomach, dry mouth, congestion in the chest, headache and skin reddening.
When you are taking Atarax, you want to take exactly as much as your doctor prescribed for exactly as long as he/she prescribed. You’ll want to take these tablets with a glass of water of about ten ounces. If you take Atarax in a liquid form, make sure you use a precise measuring instrument to measure each dosage; do not rely on some sort of approximation. And don’t neglect to shake the liquid up thoroughly before pouring it out. That way, the ingredients will be distributed evenly throughout the container. If for some reason you think you may have accidentally ingested too much of this medication, call for medical attention right away. And when not in use, Atarax should be stored at room temperature. Do not keep your supply of this medication near moisture.
Also, if you go in for surgery, including dental surgery, inform the person who will be operating on you that you’re taking Atarax. And if you should accidentally miss one of your Atarax dosages, simply take one as soon as you remember it, or, if it’s almost time for your next Atarax dosage, simply skip that missed dosage. (It’s unwise to take two doses of Atarax too closely together.)