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|ANX®; Atarax®; Hyzine-50®; Restall®; Vistacot®; Vistaril®|
|Foreign Brand Names|
|Apo-Hydroxyzine® (Canada); Multipax® (Canada); Novo-Hydroxyzine® (Canada); PMS-Hydroxyzine (Canada)|
|Reasons not to take this medicine|
- If you have an allergy to hydroxyzine or any other part of the
|What is this medicine used for?|
- This medicine relieves symptoms (runny nose; sneezing; throat
irritation and itching; watery, irritated, itchy, red eyes) from allergies.
- It can also be used to prevent/treat nausea or vomiting.
- Other uses include treatment for itching, anxiety, and alcohol
|How does it work?|
- Hydroxyzine, if taken before coming in contact with the material that
causes the allergy, blocks the allergic reaction by minimizing/preventing the
body's reaction to the allergen.
- For nausea or vomiting, it affects nerve pathways in the vomiting
- It also has calming
|How is it best taken?|
- Take with or without food. Take with food if this medicine causes an
- A liquid (syrup, suspension) is available if you cannot swallow pills.
Those who have feeding tubes can also use the liquid. Flush the feeding tube
before and after medicine is given. Shake suspension well first.
- Tablet may be crushed or capsule opened and mixed with food or
|What do I do if I miss a dose?|
- Take a missed dose as soon as possible.
- If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed one. Return to
your regular schedule.
- Do not take a double dose or extra
|What are the precautions when taking this
- If you are 65 or older, you may have more side effects. You could feel
feel sleepy, confused, constipated, or be unable to pass urine.
- Avoid alcohol (includes wine, beer, and liquor) and other medicines
and herbs that slow your actions and reactions. This includes sedatives,
tranquilizers, mood stabilizers, or pain medicine. Talk with healthcare
- Increased activity or inability to sleep may be seen in children.
- Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make
sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling
about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of
face, lips, tongue, throat; or any other symptoms involved.
- Tell healthcare provider if you are pregnant or plan on getting
- Do not use if you are
|What are the common side effects of this
- Feeling sleepy, tired, or unable to think clearly. Avoid driving,
doing other tasks or activities that require you to be alert until you see how
this medicine affects you.
- Dry mouth. Frequent mouth care, sucking hard candy, or chewing gum may
- Constipation. More liquids, regular exercise, or a fiber-containing
diet may help. Talk with healthcare provider about a stool softener or laxative.
- Unable to pass urine. Go to the bathroom before taking medicine. Talk
with healthcare provider if it becomes a
|What should I monitor?|
- Check effectiveness of medicine in preventing or treating
|Reasons to call healthcare provider
- Signs of a life-threatening reaction. These include wheezing;
tightness in the chest; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits;
swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Too tired or sleepy.
- Any rash.
- No improvement in condition or feeling
|How should I store this medicine?|
- Store in a tight, light-resistant container at room
- Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's
- Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.
- Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, herbal/supplements,
vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider
(doctor, nurse, pharmacist, physician assistant).
- Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine,
including over-the-counter or natural products (herbs,
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