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FDA Approved: August 24, 1979
Category: Anxiety

Hydroxyzine Overview

Hydroxyzine (/hadrkszin/; sold as Vistaril, Atarax) is a first-generation antihistamine of the diphenylmethane and piperazine class. It was first synthesized by Union Chimique Belge in 1956 and was marketed by Pfizer in the United States later the same year,[2] and is still in widespread use today. Due to its antagonistic effects on several receptor systems in the brain, hydroxyzine is claimed to have strong anxiolytic and mild antiobsessive as well as antipsychotic properties.[3] Today it is...

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What is this capsule used for and what effects does it have ## Hello, Ms. Slick! How are you? This medication is manufactured by Teva Pharmaceuticals, formerly Barr, and they list it as containing 25mgs of Hydroxyzine. The FDA classifies Hydroxyzine as an antihistamine that's used to treat allergic reactions, to treat or prevent nausea/vomiting and for its sedative like effects. Typical side effects are listed as possibly include dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth and somnolence. Is there anything else I can help with?
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Ive been taking this med for a while now and i feel like ive gained weight due to this is im i correct? ## Hello, Yesi! How are you? Yes, that is one of the side effects listed for antihistamine by the FDA, along with dizziness, drowsiness and dry mouth. It usually doesn't happen with short-term use, but long-term regular use could cause it. Usually it's a gain of 10 pounds or less. Are you on any other medications?
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used for allergies and anxiety ## Hello, D Jane! How are you? There are quite a few other antihistamines available, some via prescription and some over the counter. But many don't help as much for anxiety, but one over the counter option would be Diphenhydramine and another prescription option would be Promethazine. The FDA lists the typical side effects as possibly including dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth and weight changes. Is there anything else I can help with?
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Is it safe to take bupropion SR and hydroxizine pamoate at the same time for anxiety and depression?
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can this medication be addictive.? ## Hello, Danny! How are you? No, according to the FDA, while it has sedative like effects, this is actually an antihistamine that's used to treat allergies. Though it is sometimes used for its sedative like effects, to calm someone before a surgical procedure, or to help them sleep, it is not known to be addictive. Typical side effects may include dizziness, drowsiness, sedation and dry mouth. Is there anything else I can help with?
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Someone replied that it is not used for itching . it was prescribed to me for itching . ## Hello, Dorothy! How are you? I'm sorry, I'm not sure who said that, but according to the information provided by the FDA, Hydroxyzine is an antihistamine, so it is used to treat allergic reactions, including itching. There may have been some confusion, because it tends to have a sedative like effect, so it is sometimes given to help people sleep or to calm them down for surgical procedures. Typical side effects may include dizziness, drowsiness, sedation and dry mouth. Is there anything else I can help with?
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What symptoms is this medication used for? ## Hi Cee Cee, Any idea of what the first abbreviation stands for? My first guess was Cheratussin based on the spelling, but I may be wrong? To answer your question though, Hydroxyzine is an antihistamine commonly used for allergies, anxiety, nausea, vomiting, skin rashes, etc... Dexamethasone on the other hand is a corticosteroid used for inflammation, severe allergies, and is prescribed for a number of other purposes as well, including certain types of cancer. You can learn more about each drug on the page for Hydroxyzine Details + Dexamethasone Details. And if you did mean to say Cheratussin, then it makes sense to me in that it's generally used as a cough suppressant. Together these three medications would probably make for a good cough...
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WHAT IS THIS PILL USED FOR AND WHAT IS IT... ## The pill which you are describing is Hydroxyzine 50 mg, manufactured by Glenmark Pharmaceuticals. It is used primarily as an antihistamine for the treatment of itches and irritations, an antiemetic for the reduction of nausea, as a weak analgesic by itself and as an opioid potentiator, and as an anxiolytic for the treatment of anxiety. You can read more about this medication at: Do you have any other questions or information to add? Please post back if you do... ## I HAVE TAKEN AND BEEN ON THIS PILL ITS INDEED HYDROXYZINE HCL 50 MG THEY WORK WELL WITH OTHER MEDICINES. ITS USED FOR MOSTLY SLEEP RELATED CASES. ## The person who said it's for itching is's used to help anxiety n's gives a "high" react...
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last year i broke out in hives so the dr. proscribed hydroxyzine hcl 25 mg. . I broke out in hives again wanted to take the pills but they expired in march 2012 is it bad if i take them . ## Hi Peggy, According to Harvard Medical School family health article, except in rare cases (i.e. tetracycline), there is little chance of danger due to taking medications even up to 15 years beyond their expiration date. This conclusion was based upon a study conducted at the request of the US military due to stockpiles of expensive drugs they could otherwise need to replace every few years. The conclusion was that 90% of those drugs remained effective 10 - 15 years after the expiration date. But the question is whether the drug you have kept happens to be one of these drugs from the study... (I have...
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Will hydroxyzine HCL 10mg work for anxiety even if i take it at night time. I dont want to drive while on medication. Is the first day i will be taking it. Ive also read that this medication will make you gain weight, im already scare of having an anxiety attack and finally get some medicine that will help me but thinking of gaining weight makes me panick even more. ## Hello, Kimmy! How are you? It will still have some effect, but it might not be enough. When did your doctor tell you to take it? It can cause a good bit of drowsiness and dizziness, so you likely shouldn't be driving for awhile, until you know how much it affects you. Yes, it can also cause increased appetite and weight gain, since it is an antihistamine and most of them are known to do that. However, there's no w...
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Possible Dosages for this and Related Drugs:

  • Capsule: 100mg, 25mg, 50mg, eq 100mg hcl, eq 25mg hcl, eq 50mg hcl
  • Injection: 25mg/ml, 50mg/ml
  • Suspension: 25mg/5ml, eq 25mg hcl/5ml
  • Syrup: 10mg/5ml
  • Tablet: 100mg, 10mg, 25mg, 50mg
Note: Above list includes dosages for all drugs with the same combination of active ingredients.

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HYDROXYZINE WHAT IS THIS DRUG USED FOR???? ## Hydroxyzine is used primarily as an antihistamine for the treatment of itches and irri...  5
hydroxyzine what is it used for ## what is this medication for is it to allow one to sleep ## What is Hydroxyzine given for and how ...  4
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Hydroxyzine White Pill 276 A narcotic in any way is hydroxyzine a narcotic or volume any type of narcotic in any way at all ## Hi venus, I can't find any information...  3
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hydroxyzine pamoate 50 mg what can anybody tell me about this pill ## Hello, Hydroxyzine Pamoate is used primarily as an antihistamine for the tre...  3