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Hydroxyzine Tablets

If you have certain conditions (such as itching) or want to improve the effectiveness of opioid pain relievers, your healthcare provider may prescribe hydroxyzine (Atarax®, Vistaril®). This prescription medication comes in several strengths and forms. The tablet form of hydroxyzine is available in the following strengths:
  • Hydroxyzine hydrochloride 10 mg
  • Hydroxyzine hydrochloride 25 mg
  • Hydroxyzine hydrochloride 50 mg.
Other forms are also available, including capsules, syrup, oral suspension (liquid), and injections.
Hydroxyzine is a first-generation (sedating) antihistamine and works for itching by blocking histamine receptors. Its anti-anxiety activity is probably due to its effects in certain parts of the brain. The medicine can also cause relaxation of skeletal muscles.
In addition, hydroxyzine has anticholinergic activity, which means that it blocks acetylcholine receptors and is probably why it helps to alleviate nausea.
Although most people have no problems with hydroxyzine, these tablets are not suitable for everyone. For example, you may not be able to take this drug if you have glaucoma, difficulty passing urine, or Alzheimer's disease. Before beginning treatment, talk to your healthcare provider about any other medical conditions you have and all other medications you are taking.
(Click Hydroxyzine for a more in-depth look at how hydroxyzine tablets work to treat various medical conditions. This article also discusses potential side effects, general dosing guidelines, and important information to be aware of before using this medication.)
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