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Understanding How Hydroxyzine Works and What to Tell Your Doctor

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking hydroxyzine if you have:
 
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
 
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
 
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Hydroxyzine to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)
 

How Does Hydroxyzine Work?

Hydroxyzine belongs to a group of medications known as first-generation (sedating) antihistamines. It works to treat itching by blocking histamine receptors. Its anti-anxiety activity is probably due to its effects in certain parts of the brain. Hydroxyzine can also cause relaxation of skeletal muscles.
 
In addition, this medicine has anticholinergic activity, which means that it blocks acetylcholine receptors and is probably why it helps to alleviate nausea.
 
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