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What is hydroxyzine prescribed for?

What is hydroxyzine prescribed for?

Usually itching: It is a first generation antihistamine so sedation is common, but it works well for allergy symptoms, itching, and hives.

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Please describe the medication: hydroxyzine?

Please describe the medication: hydroxyzine?

Old antihistamine: Hydroxyzine is a first generation antihistamine that is marketed as vistaril (hydroxyzine) and atarax. It is used for itchy rashes, sedative effects and sometimes during anesthesia.

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They prescribed me hydroxyzine. I didn't take it when they and did you experience any side effects?

They prescribed me hydroxyzine. I didn't take it when they and did you experience any side effects?

Drowsiness...: ...Is the most common side effect with hydroxyzine, so don't take it before driving, or doing anything else that you need to be really alert for.

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Can I use hydroxyzine to treat coughs?

Can I use hydroxyzine to treat coughs?

Post nasal drip: If the cough is from post nasal drip, it will respond to an antihistamine such as hydroxyzine, if the cough is from something else, it will not respond to it. See your doctor to determine where the cough is coming from.

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I have used hydroxyzine for itching and wonder if I can add doxepin as well?

Yes: Both are quite sedating, but Doxepin is the only one in my experience that causes weight gain, especially at doses 50 mg and above. If you start packing on weight, ask your doctor to try something else. Expect dry mouth, blurred vision, and possibly constipation, all of which can be treated with low dose bethanecol if necessary.

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Is hydroxyzine effective for anxiety?

Is hydroxyzine effective for anxiety?

Possibly: Hydroxyzine is modestly helpful for anxiety. However one of the ssri meds (liek zoloft (sertraline) or lexapro) has more longterm benefit and safety.

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How long does it take for hydroxyzine to work after you take it?

How long does it take for hydroxyzine to work after you take it?

Depends: For most people it takes abot an hour for the medicine to be absorbed and start to work.

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How much hydroxyzine can I safely take at once?

Watch for sedation: Hydroxyzine can be very sedating. Low dose is 10mg and max if tolerated is 50-100mg.

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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.

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Hydroxyzine made me feel lightheaded every time I stood up or took a deep breath the day after, long after it should have been out of my system, why?

Hydroxyzine made me feel lightheaded every time I stood up or took a deep breath the day after, long after it should have been out of my system, why?

Long acting: The antihistaminic effect of Hydroxyzine lasts for at least 72 hours. However it is unusual but not impossible for the sedating effect to last more than 24 hours.

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How long does the effects of hydroxyzine 25mg last before next dosage is due?

How long does the effects of hydroxyzine 25mg last before next dosage is due?

72 hrs: A single dose of Hydroxyzine can suppress the allergy skin test reaction for about 72 hours (some may claim a whole week) although the peak suppressive effect would be within the first day or so.

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How long does the drowsiness effect of hydroxyzine HCl 10mg last for?

How long does the drowsiness effect of hydroxyzine HCl 10mg last for?

Hydroxyzine effect: The 10 mg dose of hydroxyzine is low. The drowsy effect will be mild and wear off in 3-6 hours.

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Sleeping all day - still groggy and want to sleep; how long for hydroxyzine to wear off?

Sleeping all day - still groggy and want to sleep; how long for hydroxyzine to wear off?

Can be long: Hydroxyzine is not supposed to be a sleep aide and when used for such is prescribed off label due to sedating side effects. It can last a long time and does not allow you to go through your natural sleep cycles so even though you sleep you feel tired and hung over. The new sleeping pills do not have this effect and are shortacting and some are generics and inexpensive.

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Can hydroxyzine help with the head pressure symptom of a panic attack? I'm also taking Zoloft (sertraline) 50mg. Is this a good combination?

It can!: Hydroxyzine has a sedative effect, generally a very strong one depending on the dose. That is, the more Hydroxyzine the greater the sedation. Combining medications is always a process that deserves attention because you want to avoid interactions. In this case there is no concern with zoloft (sertraline) and hydroxyzine. However, you want to be careful with metoprolol and zoloft (sertraline).