Drug: hydroxyzine

Common side effects of hydroxyzine are:
  • sedation,
  • tiredness,
  • sleepiness,
  • dizziness,
  • disturbed coordination,
  • drying and
  • thickening of oral and other respiratory secretions, and
  • stomach distress.
Other important side effects include:
  • confusion,
  • nervousness,
  • irritability,
  • blurred vision,
  • double vision,
  • tremor,
  • loss of appetite,
  • nausea.
Hydroxyzine should be used with caution (if at all) in persons with narrow-angle glaucoma, prostatic hypertrophy (enlarged prostate gland), hyperthyroidism, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and asthma.

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Yes

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Tablets: 10, 25, 50 and 100 mg. Capsules: 25, 50 mg. Syrup: 10 mg per teaspoonful (5mL). Suspension: 25 mg per teaspoonful (5mL). Injection: 25 and 50 mg/ml

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Capsules, tablets, and liquids should be stored at room temperature 15 C to 30 C (59 F to 86 F). Liquid should not be frozen and should be shaken well prior to each use. Injectable hydroxyzine should be stored below 30 C (86 F).

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Hydroxyzine has its maximal effect about 30 to 60 minutes after it is taken. Its effects last for 4 to 6 hours. The recommended dose for treating itching (pruritus) is 25 mg given 3 or 4 times daily by mouth or by intramuscular injection. When used for sedation, the recommended dose is 50 to 100 mg orally or 25 to 100 mg by intramuscular injection. Anxiety and tension are managed with 50 to 100 mg in 4 divided doses or 50-100 mg intramuscular injection in 4 or 6 divided doses. Alcohol withdrawal is treated with a 50-100 mg injection and may be repeated every 4 to 6 hours as needed. The dose for nausea and vomiting is 25 to 100 mg by injection. Hydroxyzine can be taken with or without food.

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A limited number of studies of hydroxyzine in pregnant women suggests that there may be a relationship between its use in the first trimester of pregnancy and congenital abnormalities in the fetus. Therefore, hydroxyzine should be avoided during the first trimester of pregnancy.

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It is not known if hydroxyzine is excreted into breast milk. In general, antihistamines are not recommended for use during breastfeeding because they can cause stimulation or seizures in newborns. Medically reviewed by Eni Williams, PharmDReference: FDA Prescribing Information

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