Atarax Warnings and Precautions
To help ensure safe treatment with Atarax, warnings and precautions for the drug should be reviewed with your healthcare provider beforehand. If you have Alzheimer's disease, glaucoma, or an enlarged prostate, tell your healthcare provider before starting the medication, as it can make these conditions worse. You should not take Atarax if you are allergic to any components of the medicine or are pregnant.
- Alzheimer's disease
- Liver disease, such as liver failure, hepatitis, or cirrhosis
- Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
- An enlarged prostate (also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH)
- Difficulty passing urine
- Heart disease
- Any other allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Certain warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking Atarax include the following:
- Elderly individuals may be more susceptible to the side effects of this medication and may be more likely to be taking medications that interact with it. Atarax can worsen many conditions common in the elderly, such as an enlarged prostate or Alzheimer's disease.
- Because of its anticholinergic affects, Atarax can worsen glaucoma, Alzheimer's disease, or an enlarged prostate. Let your healthcare provider know if you experience worsening of any of these conditions while taking this medicine.
- Atarax can cause drowsiness. Make sure you know how this drug affects you before driving or operating heavy machinery.
- Atarax can interact with other medications (see Atarax Drug Interactions).
- Atarax is considered a pregnancy Category C medication. This means that it might not be safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are not known. Talk to your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using this medicine when pregnant (see Hydroxyzine and Pregnancy for more information).
- It is unknown if Atarax passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, be sure to talk with your healthcare provider first (see Hydroxyzine and Breastfeeding for more information).