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Based on the limited information on side effects of Atarax, problems may include dry mouth, drowsiness, and shakiness. These can be bothersome, but are usually not dangerous. However, there are a number of potentially serious side effects that should be reported to your healthcare provider immediately, including seizures, hallucinations, or any signs of an allergic reaction.
As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Atarax® (hydroxyzine hydrochloride). However, not everyone who takes the medication will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Atarax. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of Atarax side effects with you.)
Atarax is a relatively "old" medication, approved before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) required detailed side effect information in the prescribing information for medicines. Therefore, only vague information (with no specific percentages) was provided on Atarax side effects.
Based on this limited information, possible bothersome (but usually not dangerous) problems with Atarax include:
- Dry mouth (see Hydroxyzine and Dry Mouth)
Some side effects with Atarax are potentially serious -- even life-threatening -- and should be reported to your healthcare provider. These include, but are not limited to:
- Signs of an allergic reaction, such as:
- An unexplained rash
- Unexplained swelling (especially of the lips, mouth, or throat)
- Wheezing or other breathing problems.