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What is Atarax (Hydroxyzine) prescribed for?

When your body comes into contact with whatever your allergy trigger is, your body creates a chemical called a histamine. They cause your nose to swell, your eyes and nose to run and itch. At times it may even take form as a rash on your skin, called hives.

This medication is known as an antihistamine. And it is mainly used to treat itching that is caused by a variety of allergies. Atarax works by blocking the natural substance, known as a histamine, that your body creates during an allergic reaction.

Hydroxyzine may also be used short-term to treat anxiety or to help you feel sleepy/relaxed before and after surgery.

This medication is to be taken orally, and it can be taken with or without food. Usually three to four times a day. Follow your doctor’s directions as prescribed.

This dosage is based on your age, medical condition, and your body’s response to the treatment. Do not increase your dose or take this medication more often then what you have been prescribed. Notify your doctor if your condition does not improve or worsens.


Before taking this medication, notify your doctor if you are allergic to Hydroxyzine, cetirizine, or to levocetirizine. Or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which may cause allergic reactions and other problems.

Before using this medication, inform you doctor of your medical history, especially if you have experienced any of the following; breathing problems (such as emphysema, asthma), high pressure in the eye (glaucoma), high blood pressure, kidney problems, liver problems, seizures, stomach/intestine problems (such as ulcer, blockage), overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism), difficulty urinating (for example, due to enlarged prostate).

Hydroxyzine may cause a condition that affects the heart rhythm (QT prolongation). QT prolongation can rarely cause serious (rarely fatal) fast/irregular heartbeat and other symptoms (such as severe dizziness, fainting) that need medical attention right away.

The risk of QT prolongation may be increased if you have certain medical conditions or are taking other drugs that may cause QT prolongation. Before taking hydroxyzine, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the drugs you take and if you have any of the following conditions: certain heart problems (heart failure, slow heartbeat, QT prolongation in the EKG), family history of certain heart problems (QT prolongation in the EKG, sudden cardiac death).

Low levels of potassium or magnesium in the blood may also increase your risk of QT prolongation. This risk may increase if you use certain drugs (such as diuretics/"water pills") or if you have conditions such as severe sweating, diarrhea, or vomiting. Talk to your doctor about taking hydroxyzine safely.

Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of this drug, especially drowsiness, confusion, constipation, trouble urinating or QT prolongation (see above). Drowsiness and confusion can increase the risk of falling.

Side Effects

Drowsiness, dizziness, blurred vision, constipation, or dry mouth may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

To relieve dry mouth, suck (sugarless) hard candy or ice chips, chew (sugarless) gum, drink water, or use a saliva substitute.

Notify your doctor right away if you experience any of these side effects; mental/mood changes (such as restlessness, confusion, hallucinations), shaking (tremor), difficulty urinating.

And get medical help right away if you start experiencing any of these side effects, which include; seizures, fast/irregular heartbeat, severe dizziness, fainting.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.


What is Atarax?

This medication acts as an antihistamine that decreases the natural chemical histamine within the body.  Histamine is what causes the allergic reactions in the beginning and can cause many symptoms such as itching, sneezing, runny nose, and hives. This medication comes in two different strengths which are 10mg and 25mg. If you have any questions regarding this medication or any inquiries in general, feel free to give us a call at our toll free number 1-877-385-8998.      


How long does Atarax last?

Once you have taken this medication, it can generally last up to 4 to 6 hours before it diminishes. As to how long does it take for Atarax to work? Once you have taken the medication it begins to take action within 15 to 30 minutes after oral administration.


What is the generic name for Atarax?

The Generic name for Atarax is known as Hydroxyzine. The medication itself was first created in 1956, and then approved for medical use later that year.


What are the side effects of taking Atarax?

Some of the more common side effects to this medication are listed as follows; drowsiness, dizziness, blurred vision, constipation, dry mouth. Keep in mind that these are not all of the side effects listed for this medication, and if you are experiencing any of these be sure to inform your doctor if they persist or worsen.


Where can I buy Atarax?

While you can purchase this product for a reasonable price at your local pharmacy, you can find a much more affordable option on an online Canadian Pharmacy such as My Drug Center. We have a starting price of $32.00 for a quantity of 100 pills.

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