The recommended dosage of hydroxyzine will be based on several factors, such as the medical condition being treated and other medical conditions you may have. For children, the recommendation is based on age and weight. Hydroxyzine comes in several forms, including tablets, capsules, syrup, oral suspension, and injections. It is usually taken by mouth two to four times daily.
The dose of hydroxyzine (Atarax®, Vistaril®) your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- The medical condition being treated
- Your age and weight (for children)
- Other medications you are taking
- Other medical conditions you may have.
As is always the case, do not adjust this amount unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
The standard hydroxyzine dosage for treating itching in adults is 25 mg three or four times daily. For children over six years old, the recommendation is 50 mg to 100 mg in "divided" doses (presumably two to four doses per day). For children under six years old, the recommendation is 50 mg daily in divided doses.
The standard recommended dose of oral hydroxyzine for treating anxiety in adults is 50 mg to 100 mg four times daily. For children over six years old, the amount is 50 mg to 100 mg daily in "divided" doses (presumably two to four doses per day). For children under six years old, the guidelines call for 50 mg daily in divided doses.
The recommended hydroxyzine injectable dose for anxiety or alcoholism in adults is 50 mg to 100 mg given intramuscularly right away, followed by 50 mg to 100 mg every four to six hours as needed. You may be switched to the oral form when appropriate.