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Is 50mg of hydroxyzine Pam considered a high dose for one pill?

Is 50mg of hydroxyzine Pam considered a high dose for one pill?

Depends: The basic principle in medicine is to give the lowest dose needed to achieve the objective. Some people can take 100mg of hydroxyzine without problem , others just 10 mg would knock them out. Usually the drowsiness effects tend to decline with time. I prefer to start patient on 10 mg first then work it up over a week until the desired effect has been reached without causing side effects . ...Read more

Dr. Debra Breneman
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Hydroxyzine (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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Can you take apart the capsule hydroxyzine in some water and take it? I can't swollow a pill.

Can you take apart the capsule hydroxyzine in some water and take it? I can't swollow a pill.

Yes, but..: It would probably taste very nasty. Have you tried putting pills in something like pudding or applesauce to try to take them--sometimes that can help with pill swallowing. There are other nausea meds (like zofran odt), that can dissolve on your tongue. Ask doc about that! ...Read more

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How long does it take for the effects of hydroxyzine to wear off?

How long does it take for the effects of hydroxyzine to wear off?

HYDROXYZINE: In healthy individual (i mean no liver, kidney or other metabolic diseases): onset of action- 15 to 30 minutes after intake; duration of action 4-6 hours- when you take recommended dose. If you are taking other medicines e.g. Barbiturates, central nervous system depressant medications, etc. The effect may be longer. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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I am now afraid to take hydroxyzine?

I am now afraid to take hydroxyzine?

Why?: It is a relatively safe drug with the major side effect being drowsiness. So why are you afraid to take it if indicated., . ...Read more

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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 and atarax. It is used for itchy rashes, sedative effects and sometimes during anesthesia. ...Read more

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