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Is atarax 25mg good for anxiety. i used to take xanax (alprazolam) .5mg but i told the dr i didn't want it anymore. but i take norco for knee pain. and have asthma?

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Dr. Pacita David answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Use with care: Atarax is an antihistamine used to treat a variety is symptoms, including anxiety. It affects different receptors in the brain than Xanax (alprazolam), (alprazolam) which is a benzodiazepine. It can potentiate analgesic effects of opioids such as Norco. But it can also exacerbate asthma by thickening secretions in the respiratory tract. An advantage of Atarax is that it does not potentially cause dependence as could Xanax (alprazolam).

Answered 12/25/2015

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