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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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Atarax (Overview)

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


Dr. Steven Machtinger
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What is atarax used for?

Dr. Steven Machtinger
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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).


Dr. Jack Mutnick
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12 years in practice
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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?

Dr. Jack Mutnick
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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?

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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Dr. Anthony Rooklin
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What are some contraindications of atarax?

Dr. Anthony Rooklin
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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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Dr. Bac Nguyen
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18 years in practice
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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.?

Dr. Bac Nguyen
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18 years in practice
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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.?

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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Dr. Glen Elliott
Board Certified, Child Psychiatry
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Prescribed atarax for anxiety, but can I get stronger medication?

Dr. Glen Elliott
Board Certified, Child Psychiatry
38 years in practice
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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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Dr. Andrew Murphy
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Is atarax effective?

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Dr. Joseph Weiner
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Does atarax work for all types of anxiety?

Dr. Joseph Weiner
Board Certified, Psychiatry
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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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Dr. Nicholas Nomicos
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Is it safe to take atarax while taking librium?

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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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Dr. Douglas Laipple
Board Certified, Psychiatry
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Am taking atarax (hydroxyzine) for anxiety even though it was not prescribed for that. Is this dangerous?

Dr. Douglas Laipple
Board Certified, Psychiatry
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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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Dr. Vasu Brown
Board Certified, Wound care
29 years in practice
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Is atarax addictive?

Dr. Vasu Brown
Board Certified, Wound care
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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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