Atarax is prescribed to treat itching symptoms caused by allergies and anxiety. A doctor can prescribe this medicine alone or in combination with other medicines. Atarax belongs to a drug called Hydroxyzine (an antihistamine that works by blocking certain natural substances that a body usually makes due to allergic reaction). Atarax can be used as an alternative to treat anxiety or help you feel relaxed or sleepy before or after surgery.
Atarax comes in a brand and generic both and considered as one of the affordable drugs. Studies have found that in the United States, about 40 million people are affected with anxiety disorder.
Effectiveness of Atarax for Anxiety
Researchers have yet not found if Atarax/Hydroxyzine works to treat anxiety in the human body. Still, healthcare professionals admit that it reacts 2 chemicals in our body called histamine and serotonin. Atarax blocks the effect of histamine in the body that makes a patient sleepy, and serotonin chemical affects your mood. This drug can be used for treating different types of anxiety disorders, especially insomnia.
Common Treatment Uses of Atarax
- Skin Condition with inflammation and itching
This prescription drug can be taken with or without food. Take the prescribed dosage for a recommended period to get the best from it. Your doctor may alter the dose after monitoring if your body is showing improvements from the treatment. Take the missed dosage as soon as you remember, but if the time for the next dosage is around, skip the missed dosage and do not take the double dose to compensate for the missed one. Also, never break or crush the tablet. The dosage of Atarax 25mg varies according to age, medical condition, and response to treatment. The dosage of children is usually based according to their weight. Do not change or alter the dose without consulting a doctor.
When not to use Atarax
Inform your doctor if you are allergic to levocetirizine or cetirizine or have any other allergies. Also, state your medical history and current medications or supplements you are taking. Children, older adults, pregnant women, breastfeeding moms, and all these patients should specifically mention their health condition to their doctor.
Side Effects Associated with Atarax
Like any other medication, Atarax has common and rare side effects, including dry mouth, blurred vision, constipation, dizziness, or drowsiness. These common symptoms usually disappear their own within a few days’ time after starting the treatment, but if any of them persists for longer, then call your doctor immediately to have his consultation. To combat dry mouth condition, you can drink lots of water or chew hard candy. The serious side effects of Atarax 25 include mood changes, difficulty urinating, shaking (tremor), unstable or confusion. Many people using this medication have not reported as such any serious/severe side effects.
Remember that if your doctor has prescribed Atarax to you, he might have judged the greater benefits than the common side effects. If you experience seizures, fainting, or irregular heartbeat, then get immediate medical help. This is not a complete list of the side effects. It usually varies from patient to patient; therefore, it would be best to consult your doctor/pharmacist in detail before having this medicine.