Atarax Drug Information
Before you start taking the prescription drug Atarax, information concerning its effects and safety should be reviewed with your healthcare provider. Atarax® (hydroxyzine hydrochloride) belongs to a class of drugs commonly known as first-generation (sedating) antihistamines. It is approved for treating several conditions, such as itching and anxiety, and for use as a sedative before or after general anesthesia.
Atarax works for itching by blocking histamine receptors. Its anti-anxiety activity is probably due to effects in certain parts of the brain. The medicine can also cause relaxation of skeletal muscles. It has anticholinergic activity as well, which means it blocks acetylcholine receptors, which is probably why it helps to alleviate nausea.
The drug comes in tablet or syrup form, and is usually taken by mouth two to four times daily. The dose of Atarax your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on your age and weight, the condition being treated, other medical conditions you may have, and other factors.
(Click Atarax for more information about the drug's effects, potential side effects, and what forms and strengths are available.)