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Dr. Tim Conrad
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Atarax (Overview)

Atarax is a sedating antihistamine which is a kind of antihistamine type drug (common cold or symptom drug).


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What is atarax used for?

What is atarax used for?

Myriad uses: For allergic noses & eyes - Atarax (hydroxyzine) treats symptoms of itching, sniffing, sneezing, & dripping. Its not very good for stuffy nose. Atarax helps make hives go away. If you take it everyday it will help keep them from breaking out. Atarax is also an excellent medication if you have imsomnia. It makes you sleepy & you fall asleep. When Atarax is absorbed your body converts into zyrtec! ...Read more

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Atarax (Overview)

Atarax is a sedating antihistamine which is a kind of antihistamine type drug (common cold or symptom drug).


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What exactly causes the weight gain when taking atarax? How does it happen? What can be done to eliminate it the weight gain?

What exactly causes the weight gain when taking atarax? How does it happen? What can be done to eliminate it the weight gain?

Atarax: Since it is a centrally acting antihistamine with sedation properties, it tends to be the slight slowing down of metabolism at nighttime (when metabolism tends to pick up) as well as Atarax does tend to cause some nocturnal eating, which also contributes. ...Read more

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What are some contraindications of atarax?

What are some contraindications of atarax?

Sedation: The most common side effect of Atarax is sedation. If you are doing something such as driving or working with machinery where sedation could put you at risk it would be wise to be cautious and either avoid the behavior or the atarax. ...Read more

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My friend recently got rashes over her body and make her feels itchy.Doctor proscribed her xyzal , singulair & atarax also doesn't help.?

My friend recently got rashes over her body and make her feels itchy.Doctor proscribed her xyzal , singulair & atarax also doesn't help.?

Difficult to tell..: Rashes such as poison ivy/oak, fungal(ringworm), bacterial infections (impetigo) etc.. Can be cured. Rashes such as eczema, psoriasis, ichthyosis etc...Are not curable, only treatable. Viral rashes such as chicken pox, measle, roseola etc..Will heal on their own with or without treatment. Xyzal &atarax =antihistamines. Singulair is not very good for rash. I suggest reconsulting doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Prescribed atarax for anxiety, but can I get stronger medication?

Maybe better: Sounds like you need to find someone who specializes in treating anxiety disorders, with our without panic attacks. There are more effective medications available, along with nonmedication treatments that should give you much better relief. ...Read more

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Does atarax work for all types of anxiety?

No: Atarax won't help all kinds of anxiety, like obsessive compulsive disorder or phobias. It's best to speak with your physician, who can determine the kind of anxiety you have and the best treatments. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take atarax while taking librium?

Caution advised: Caution is advised: with this combination of medications as it may increase risk of central nervous system depression (additive effects). ...Read more

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Am taking atarax (hydroxyzine) for anxiety even though it was not prescribed for that. Is this dangerous?

Am taking atarax (hydroxyzine) for anxiety even though it was not prescribed for that. Is this dangerous?

No.: It is not the most effective medication for anxiety, but it is among the safest, with very few side effects. You should, however, try to take it on an as-needed basis, rather than routinely, and keep the dose low, preferably 75mg per day at most. Above all, you should see a doctor, preferably a psychiatrist, to discuss ways of preventing the need for hydroxyzine. ...Read more

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Is atarax addictive?

Is atarax addictive?

No: Even though it is an effective sedative, hypnotic, analgesic, and tranquilizer, it shares almost none of the abuse, dependence, addiction, and toxicity potential of other drugs used for the same range of therapeutic reasons. ...Read more

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Hydroxyzine Hydrochloride (Definition)

Hydroxyzine is the generic name for medicines called Atarax or vistaril. These are antihistamines that can reduce itching but also cause drowsiness. Vistaril is also used as ...Read more


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