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Hello I am taking atarax 50 mg for insomnia, but from 2 days my heart rate reaches 110 bpm. Is it Secure? What should I do? Should I take inderal (propranolol)?

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I am taking atarax 50 mg for insomnia, but from 2 days my heart rate reaches 110 bpm. Is it Secure? What should I do? Should I take inderal (propranolol)?

Stop it: there is a recent warning issued re. cardiovascular problem associated with Atarax which tends to spend up the heart rate due to its anti-cholinergic activities. Avoid taking Atarax and probably also Benadryl (diphenhydramine) as a sleeping aid. You shouldn't take another medication to counteract the side effect from another. Avoidance is the key. ...Read more

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I am taking atarax (hydroxyzine) 25mg got my GAD and insomnia. I may develop tolerance after 2 times. Will resting for few days restore back the dizziness effects?

I am taking atarax (hydroxyzine) 25mg got my GAD and insomnia. I may develop tolerance after 2 times. Will resting for few days restore back the dizziness effects?

Probably: tolerance might not develop that quickly, and reversing it by abstaining can be achieved in theory, but would take longer than few days, probably weeks, you can alternate between medicines though so tolerance won't develop fast, but ask your doctor first, good luck ...Read more

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Hello May I combine atarax with remeron for treating insomnia? Also can I combine atarax with inderal (propranolol) for treating anxiety?

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May I combine atarax with remeron for treating insomnia? Also can I combine atarax with inderal (propranolol) for treating anxiety?

Talk to your doctor : Combining your meds with other sedating medications is something you should do only after consulting your doctor. You can combine these meds. Just be careful and know that you should not drive after taking your medication. Also, avoid the use of alcohol with these medications. Combining these meds can make you very drowsy. ...Read more

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Hello I took atarax (hydroxyzine) 12.5mg last night once for insomnia. Today I feel extreme breath problem and rapid heart rate what should I do please? Urgent!

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I took atarax (hydroxyzine) 12.5mg last night once for insomnia. Today I feel extreme breath problem and rapid heart rate what should I do please? Urgent!

Time: There has been recent warning on cardiovascular issue from atarax (hydroxyzine). I expect that the anticholinergic effect would subside in less than 24 hours. However if this problem is very bothersome, you will need to go to the emergency room if you can't get an appointment with your own doctor. In the meanwhile, avoid any stimulant such as caffeine. ...Read more

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What is atarax (hydroxyzine) used for?

What is atarax (hydroxyzine) 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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Is atarax (hydroxyzine) addictive?

Is atarax (hydroxyzine) 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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Can Atarax (hydroxyzine) cause weight changes?

Can Atarax (hydroxyzine) cause weight changes?

Possibly: Atarax (hydroxyzine) can cause nausea and vomiting in some, which will of course affect calorie intake. In more unusual cases, it can affect your appetite directly. SO weight changes are a possibility. Your history of gastritis suggests many other possibilities as well. It would be a good idea to discuss this with your doctor for further evaluation of these other possibilities. ...Read more

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Atarax (hydroxyzine) 25mg. Uses and side effects?

Atarax (hydroxyzine) 25mg. Uses and side effects?

Itching, anxiety: Atarax (hydroxyzine, also sold as vistiril) is a sedating antihistamine. In addition to relieving anxiety, it can also help allergic itching, nausea, & motion sickness. It is non-addictive but can cause drowsiness & other (mostly minor) side-effects. See: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0000796/. ...Read more

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Is 150mg of atarax (hydroxyzine) life threatening?

No: but the tolerance varies among people. Some people will get knocked out with 10 mg , others 150 mg. If you are contemplating suicide, call the suicide hotline now .For all intent and purpose, it is unwise to take medication above the recommendation without consulting your doctor. ...Read more

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Can I take nyquil when taking atarax (hydroxyzine)?

Can I take nyquil when taking atarax (hydroxyzine)?

Atarax (hydroxyzine) & Nyquil: Can't see reason to combine both. If you have to, take Atarax (hydroxyzine) in daytime & nyquil at bedtime. ...Read more

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Can I take ativan and atarax (hydroxyzine) together?

Can I take ativan and atarax (hydroxyzine) together?

Not adviseable : You can, but i wouldn't advise it. Taking 2 sedating medications at the same time is never a good idea. ...Read more

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Can I take ativan and atarax (hydroxyzine) together?

Can I take ativan and atarax (hydroxyzine) together?

Caution....: Please keep in mind that taking medications that cause drowsiness, such as Ativan, a benzodiazepine, and Atarax, (hydroxyzine) an antihistiamine, can exacerbate the drowsiness and can lead to sedation. These side effects impair one's ability to execute functions such as driving or operating machinery. Recommending discussing with your doctor first and getting clearance. Hope this is helpful. All the best. ...Read more

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Can you take Claritin (loratadine) and atarax together?

Can you take Claritin (loratadine) and atarax together?

Yes for hives: Claritin (loratadine) in the morning and Atarax at bedtime is a good combination for treating hives. The Atarax can be used as an as needed if hives breakthough in the evening and make it hard to sleep. Remember that the drowsiness & delayed reaction time caused by Atarax may still be present the next morning. If you need two antihistamines to control hives you should be under a physician's care. ...Read more

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Does atarax (hydroxyzine) work for all types of anxiety?

No: Atarax (hydroxyzine) 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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If atarax (hydroxyzine) doesn't work is a valuim better?

If atarax (hydroxyzine) doesn't work  is a valuim better?

Benzodiazepine: Valium is in the class of benzodiazepine and can be safe, but can be addicting. Everyone reacts to different medications in different ways, so it is impossible to say one medication is better than the other in an individuals case. Discuss with your dr. What the best meds would be for you, as "benzos" are best used on an "as needed only" bases in my opinion. ...Read more

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Whats the difference between Xanax (alprazolam) and atarax?

Whats the difference between Xanax (alprazolam) and atarax?

Xanax/Atarax: Xanax (alprazolam) is a benzodiazepine with high potency in treating anxiety especially panic attacks but with high addiction potential. Atarax (vistaril) is an antihistamine with fair benefits for agitation but less addiction potential. ...Read more

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Atarax (hydroxyzine) how long do side effects normally last?

Depends...: On which side-effect, how much you took, & your personal susceptibility. If you took a standard dose for hives, say 10-25 mg, and had sleepiness as a side-effect, expect resolution in 8-24 hours. For more specific answers discuss your concern with your physician or other health care provider. ...Read more

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How often can you take atarax (hydroxyzine) to help with itching?

How often can you take atarax (hydroxyzine) to help with itching?

Every 4 -6 hours: The usual dose of Atarax is 25 mg every 6 hours. You can increase to 50mg, and take as often as every 4 hours, but the side effects of drowsiness and dry mouth are more severe at higher doses. The generic name of Atarax is hydroxyzine, which is also available as vistaril. ...Read more

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What is the diffetence between atarax and singulair (montelukast)?

Different Drugs: Singulair (montelukast) is a drug which blocks leukotrienes which are inflammatory chemicals made by your immune system in allergic reactions. Atarax blocks histamine. ...Read more

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Hydroxyzine Hydrochloride (Definition)

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