Atarax® (hydroxyzine hydrochloride) is a medication approved for various uses, including the treatment of anxiety and itching. It comes in tablet and syrup form, and is available by prescription only. The tablet form of Atarax comes in three different strengths, ranging from 10 mg to 50 mg.
Atarax tablets and syrup are taken by mouth, typically two to four times daily (depending on your age and the condition being treated). The medication works for itching by blocking histamine receptors. Its anti-anxiety activity is probably due to effects in certain parts of the brain. Atarax also has anticholinergic activity, which is probably why it helps to alleviate nausea.
Just like any medicine, Atarax may cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are mild and either require no treatment or can be easily treated. Commonly reported reactions include, but are not limited to:
- Dry mouth
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